Office of Grant Support

Jewish Studies Funding Sources

For more information, click on source name to go to the agency web site. 

If searching for a specific foundation, you may wish to do a page search (find-Ctrl F)

The list below represents a sampling of all possible sources of funding for scholarly activity. You are encouraged to use InfoEd's SPIN database for a more customized search.

Any questions regarding searches and funding sources should be directed to the Office of Grant Support (718) 430-3642.

Source Funding Interest Phone Additional Info
American Academy of Religion  Religion (404) 727-4707

Collaborative grants to stimulate research in religion.

American Jewish Archives  Jewish Studies (513) 221-7444

Month-long fellowships for research and writing at the Center. Applicants must be conducting research relating to the history of North American Jewry.

American Jewish Committee  Israel/Politics/Advocacy (212) 751-4000

Various fellowships, internships. See website for details.

American Jewish Historical Society  Jewish History (212) 294-6160

Fellowship for researchers interested in using the collections of the society with preference to those doing research in 17th and 18th Century American Jewish History.

American Sephardi Federation  Sephardic Studies (212) 294-8350

Provides grants to undergraduate and graduate students of Sephardic heritage and students concentrating in Sephardic Studies.

Association of Jewish Libraries  Judaica Librarianship (215) 576-0800

Scholarships and awards to encourage students to train for and enter the field of Judaica librarianship.

Ben-Gurion Research Center  Jewish Studies 972-7-6596936

Offers support to external researchers who are studying or wish to study a topic that is within the center's mandate.

Center for Jewish History  Jewish Studies (212) 294-8301

Dissertation awards support original research in the field of Jewish Studies, as it pertains to one or more of the constituent organizations' missions, in which preference may be given to those candidates who will draw on the resources of more than one collection. 

Church and Synagogue Library Association  Congregational Librarianship (503) 244-6919

Several awards offered. See website.

Claims Conference Advanced Shoah Studies (646) 536-9100 Provides fellowships for Advanced Shoah Studies.
Covenant Foundation  Jewish Education (212) 245-3500

Support for creative Jewish educators to develop and implement significant and cost-effective approaches to Jewish education that are potentially replicable in other settings. Grants may also be awarded for projects whose purpose is disseminating existing programs that are especially effective.

Endowment for Biblical Research  Religion (978) 546-5284

Support is provided for scholarly research on the Bible. Types of research sponsored has included translation projects, publication of periodicals and books, preservation of documents and public lectures by scholars on biblical topics. Prefers one-time projects rather than long-term or large-scale endeavors.

Fishman Family Foundation  Jewish Studies  

Support is provided for research, education and cultural development of and for the Jewish community. Currently the focus is on Jewish culture, education, and the arts.

Hadassah Foundation  Jewish Women/Various (800) 664-5646

Funds projects that serve women and girls from diverse cultural groups within Israel and the Jewish community in the United States. Promotes fundamental change by addressing the underlying obstacles that impede the full participation of women and girls in society.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society  Jewish Scholarship (212) 967-4100

Scholarship open to refugees and asylees who were assisted by HIAS to come to the United States.

Holocaust Educational Foundation  Holocaust Studies (847) 676-3700

All academic disciplines are eligible. Proposals may request support for any stage of a research project.

Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation  Jewish Life  

Goal is to keep Judaism meaningful, compelling and responsive to contemporary concerns. Supports policy research, advocacy, education, community organizing, innovative service provision, professional training and dialogue.

Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women  Education  

Various grant opportunities: dissertation awards, scholarships, teacher education.

Jewish Women's Foundation  Jewish Women and Girls  

Specific focus changes annually. See website for details.

Kopelman Foundation  Jewish Studies  

Grants may be awarded to further Jewish education or religious values in society or to support organizations that harness faith to address society's problems.

Leo Baeck Institute  Jewish Studies (212) 744-6400

Fellowships for research on social, communal and intellectual history of German-speaking Jewry using the extensive resources of the Institute.

Library of Congress (John W. Kluge Center, David B. Larson Fellowship)  Health and Spirituality (202) 707-3302

In-residence fellowships promoting meaningful, scholarly study of these two important and increasingly interrelated fields.

Lucius N. Littauer Foundation  Medical Ethics/Jewish Studies (212) 697-2677  
Max and Anna Levinson Foundation  Jewish Studies (505) 995-8802

Interested in Jewish culture and spirituality, Yiddish, building Jewish community in the Diaspora, social change, peace and environmental issues in Israel.

Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture  Jewish Studies (212) 425-6606

Fellowships and institutional grants for Jewish education and culture.

Orion Center  Jewish Studies 972-2-588-1966

Grants for research on the Dead Sea Scrolls and associated literature, in all relevant disciplines. Preference is given to integrative studies involving the Scrolls and other aspects of Second Temple period research, and to scholars whose research can only be carried out in Israel.

Religious Research Association  Religion (309) 932-2727

Grants for basic and applied research on religion.

Righteous Persons Foundation  Jewish Studies (310) 314-8393

Priority is given to projects which: create meaningful and compelling experiences for Jewish youth and those who influence them; promote Jewish learning (formal and informal); train leadership that is grounded in Jewish tradition; use the arts and media to explore what it has meant and can mean to be a Jew today; promote tolerance and understanding between Jews and non-Jews; and/or encourage Jews to participate in the work of tikkun olam (social justice).

Southern Jewish Historical Society  Jewish History (417) 328-1742

Grants intended to facilitate the completion of projects relevant to Jewish history in the Southern United States. Such projects might include the publication of books, exhibit catalogs or the preparation of exhibit modules.

Temple University  Jewish History (215) 204-9552

The Feinstein Center provides  an annual summer fellowship to support research in American Jewish History. 

UCLA Center for Jewish Studies/Maurice Amado Foundation Research Fellowships  Sephardic Studies (310) 825-5387

Supports innovative and important research in the many diverse areas of Sephardic studies, including religion, philosophy, history, language, literature, anthropology, sociology, and musicology. Grants made to exceptionally promising graduate students, junior faculty (pre-tenure), or senior faculty .

US Holocaust Museum-Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies  Holocaust Studies (202) 314-7829

Fellowships for dissertation candidates, postdocs and senior scholars.

Yivo Institute for Jewish Research  Jewish Studies (212) 246-6080


Offers fellowships, research collaborations and projects that make use of their libraries and archives. See website for details.

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