Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Kiev Judaica Collection Research Fellowship


The Special Collections Research Center at the Gelman Library of the George Washington University is pleased to invite applications to the biennial Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowship Program for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The Fellowship Program provides stipends for short-term research and writing at the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, housed in the Kiev Room of the Special Collections Research Center. Applicants for the Fellowship Program must be conducting research in the field of 18th-20th century Jewish history, Hebrew literature, Jewish art or Hebrew booklore. Candidates may come from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, Graphic Arts, History, Religion, Comparative Literature, Bibliography or any relevant area of Judaic Studies.

The Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowships will be awarded to:
- one graduate or post-graduate researcher or independent scholar, with a stipend of $2,500, and
- one undergraduate student at GWU in the final years of matriculation (Junior or Senior year status), with a stipend of $ 750.

Applicants must submit a letter together with a research proposal (max. 4 pages) outlining the scope of their project and indicating those materials from the Kiev Collection and/or other Judaica collections in the Special Collections Research Center relevant to their research. (A summary of research is required upon completion of the fellowship.) Applicants should also submit two letters of support, preferably from academic colleagues. For graduate and doctoral students, one of the letters must be from a dissertation advisor.

Download a fellowship application at http://www.gelman.gwu.edu/collections/SCRC/collecting-areas/rare-books-and-maps-1/applicationform.pdf or request to have one sent via postal mail. The deadline for submission of applications is July 31, 2010. Inquiries and application materials should be forwarded to:
Ms. Jennifer Kinniff
The Gelman Library
George Washington University
2130 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
e-mail: kinniff@gelman.gwu.edu
The I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection was established in 1996 by Dr. Ari and Phyllis Kiev with the donation of the private library of Dr. Kiev’s father, Rabbi I. Edward Kiev (1905-1975), one of the preeminent Judaica librarians of the 20th century. In 1998, the Kiev Room was dedicated to house the collection – along with supplementary collections of Jewish graphic art, archives, printed and recorded music, ephemera, artifacts and ritual objects - and to provide a reading room for researchers.
For further information on the Kiev Collection and related Judaica collections in the Gelman Library, go to: http://www.gelman.gwu.edu/collections/SCRC/collecting-areas/rare-books-and-maps-1/judaica.

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