Doctoral Fellows Program

Group of Doctoral Fellows posing in group photoGathering at the 2024 Network for Research in Jewish Education Conference

The Doctoral Fellows Program is designed to provide advanced doctoral students from North American and Israeli universities with substantial support in their research endeavors related to Jewish education.

The application for the 2024-2025 Doctoral Fellows cohort is now open. Applications are due July 15, 2024 at 5 pm ET.

Program Elements

  • Collaborative Support: Offer intellectual partnership for refining ideas, enhancing presentations, and advancing academic writing to sustain research momentum.
  • Mentorship and Resources: Provide tailored mentoring and access to intellectual resources that enhance the strengths of existing doctoral training, customized to each fellow's needs.
  • Professional Engagement: Facilitate discussions on the broader landscape of Jewish education and related fields, aiding in career planning and development.
  • Financial Support: Provide a stipend of $1,500 for professional development, including conference attendance 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:


Application Information

Participants are expected to engage bi-weekly in virtual workshops to collaboratively refine their work. Additionally, fellows will spend 1-2 hours bi-weekly providing peer feedback. The program also includes a mandatory in-person workshop in June 2025 that coincides with the Network for Research in Jewish Education, with travel expenses supported by the Mandel Center.

We welcome applicants from across disciplines and universities who are able to articulate how their research is related to or relevant for the field of 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.


Continuing the research: ‘What I Thought I Taught, and What My Students Actually Learned’