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Frey Scholarship for Civic Engagement Research or Language Study

Supports: Innovative research that connects academic work/ creative endeavors in any field of Jewish Studies with the broader community, or language skill development. (Undergraduates)

Amount: Up to $3,000 per summer or quarter

2013 Winner: Moshe Lapin, history major, spent the summer as a Fellow at the Steiner Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, engaged in an intensive study program in Yiddish language, literature, culture and history.


Zinn Memorial Scholarship for Holocaust Studies & Social Justice

Supports: Programs of study, internships or research projects that apply the knowledge of the Jewish experience, and especially the lessons of the Holocaust, to contemporary society and social justice issues. This support is made possible by a gift to the UCLA College of Letters and Science by siblings Harry Zinn and Helene Zinn, and their friends and family, in memory of their parents, Sarah & Eugene Zinn. (Undergraduates)

Amount: Up to $2,500 per summer or quarter

2013 Winner: Over the summer, Jewish Studies major Yaron Spiwak created four videos and interactive lesson plans to introduce the Holocaust to children ages 10-16 at local religious schools, and teach about the Jewish culture that flourished in Eastern Europe for a thousand years.


Skirball Fellowship in Modern Jewish Culture

Supports: Full year of graduate study. The successful candidate will be called upon to teach one continuing education course in her/his field of research at the Skirball Cultural Center.

2013 Winner: Bryan Kirschen [Spanish & Portuguese] has been awarded the fellowship to support his research on Judeo-Spanish, the language of the Sephardim dating back to the Iberian Peninsula. His work reveals how political, economic, and social processes are grounded in communicative practices and linguistic forms.


Chaskel & Sara Roter Research Travel Grants 

Supports: Short-term graduate research or study in the field of Jewish studies. The fellowships were endowed by Professor Emerita Ellen Dirksen in honor of her parents.

Amount: Up to $2,000

2013 Winners: Caren Abi [History], Michael Casper [History], Lisa Cleath [NELC], Rachel Deblinger [History], Rosanna Lu [NELC] and Anat Mooreville [History]

NEW:  Steven O. Lesser Chinese Travel Grant in Jewish Studies

Supports a graduate student engaged in Jewish Studies to travel to China for 7-10 days in mid-September 2014 to meet with students and faculty working at Nanjing University.


NEW: Maurice Amado Research and Travel Grants

Undergraduate Awards: For short-term research and travel in the field of Sephardic Studies

Amount: $1,000 to $1,500

Graduate Student Awards: For short-term research and travel in the field of Sephardic Studies

Amount: $1,000 to $2,500