Graduate Research Awards

The Tauber Institute offers grants for master's thesis and doctoral dissertation research in any academic discipline related to Jewish Studies. Individual grants of up to $5000 will be awarded to cover travel expenses (such as visits to archives), purchase of materials (such as microfilm), and costs of data collection and processing.

Recipients for the 2023-2024 academic year will be announced February 16, 2024.

How to Apply

Prepare your application according to the guidelines listed below. Send your completed application, including the letter of recommendation, to The deadline to apply is December 15, 2023


Students enrolled in a graduate program at Brandeis University are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students who have successfully completed their course work by the end of the 2023-2024 academic year.


Proposals should include:

  • Title and the objectives of the research project and an explanation of how this research constitutes an integral part of the applicant's graduate research

  • Description of research plans, including data to be used, methodology, and description of sources

  • Breakdown of specific expenditures to be covered by the grant

  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor

  • Names of other grants to which the applicant has applied

  • Curriculum vitae

Selection Criteria

  • Originality and creativity of the research proposal

  • Importance of the proposed thesis or dissertation to the applicant’s field

  • Appropriateness of primary-source collections and institutions in which the applicant proposes to conduct research

  • Strong academic record

Decisions concerning applications will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Tauber Institute.