Doctoral Fellows Program

The doctoral fellows program provides intellectual and professional support to a small group of current doctoral students in North America and Israel-based universities whose research is, in one form or another, related to Jewish education.

Program Goals

  • Engage fellows in conversations about the field of Jewish education (and adjacent fields).
  • Mentor fellows and connect them to intellectual resources that complement the strengths of their particular doctoral programs. This will be customized based on fellows’ needs.
  • Provide fellows with thought partners to workshop ideas, presentations, and their writing.
  • Support fellows in planning for their next career steps.
  • Create a sense of collaboration and support among fellows.
  • Help fellows maintain momentum and develop accountability structures for their research/writing.
  • Support fellows’ research by providing a $1,500 stipend to be used for professional development, conference participation, or data collection.

The fellows are led by Dr. Ilana Horwitz, Assistant Professor and Fields-Rayant Chair of Contemporary Jewish Life at Tulane University. Please direct any questions to Dr. Horwitz:

The past and present doctoral fellows cohorts are listed below.

The application for the 2023-2024 Doctoral Fellows cohort is now closed.

Application Information

The Doctoral Fellows Program runs from September  August. Participants will need to commit to meeting with the group over Zoom every two weeks to workshop ideas, writings, and/or presentations. Participants will also need to commit to spending 1-2 hours every two weeks reading and commenting on other fellows’ work to provide feedback. We will determine dates based on fellows’ schedules. Fellows may come together for an in-person writing retreat/ workshop.

We welcome applications from across disciplines and universities whose research is related to Jewish education (broadly defined). Priority will be given to students who have already collected their data. Because fellows will be workshopping their writing and ideas together, we will be selecting fellows primarily based on the topics they study and the types of methodologies they use.


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