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Graduate Funding Opportunities

Inaugural Erna B. Rosenfeld Scholarships
For Research on Antisemitism
for 2018-2019

Deadline is Thursday, February 16, 2018

The Erna B. Rosenfeld Scholarship in Jewish Studies was created to honor the memory of Professor Alvin Rosenfeld’s wife of fifty years, Erna Rosenfeld, and to encourage serious study of the manifestations, character, and consequences of anti-Jewish hostility, especially in the post-Holocaust period. Erna worked for IU for over 35 years, receiving the Outstanding Professional Staff Merit award for her work as the Area Coordinator for IU Residence Life. Erna was born in Romania in 1939 and knew first-hand some of the horrors and displacement of World War II. Perhaps for that reason, she became an unusually caring, generous-hearted person and did a great deal for countless numbers of people in need, including thousands of IU international student families. The scholarships are made possible by generous donations from Alvin Rosenfeld, Dr. Myron and Myrna Weinberger, and many others.

IU Graduate students may apply via 2018-2019 Grants-in-Aid of Jewish Studies Research (Deadline: Thursday, February 16, 2018).  To be considered for an Erna B. Rosenfeld Scholarship, a graduate student must be pursuing research/study of antisemitism during the 2018-2019 year. Preference will be given to Jewish Studies Ph.D. minor and master’s degree students.
The proposal must include:

  1. A request to be considered for the Erna B. Rosenfeld Scholarship;
  2. Amount of funds requested and for which semester(s) - [Summer 2018 and/or Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019]. (Continuing MA students requesting program support for a subsequent year need not include a budget unless they are also requesting research-related expenses.);
  3. Explanation of research/study of antisemitism project (2-3 paragraphs) and indication of its role in degree progress, such as dissertation research, participation in scholarly conferences or workshops on antisemitism, language acquisition, etc. (1 paragraph);
  4. If applicable, a budget that may include airfare, transportation to airport, lodging, photocopies at archives - with total costs noted; and one letter of reference from a Jewish Studies faculty member that speaks to the student’s project.

Proposals should be submitted as an MS Word document emailed to iujsp@indiana.edu by Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Note: Students, if they desire, may apply for all Grants-in-Aid including the Erna B. Rosenfeld Scholarship.

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Undergraduate Jewish Studies majors, Jewish sacred music students, certificate students, Jewish Studies minor students and Hebrew minor students may apply via the application for 2018-2019 Scholarships and Internships for Continuing Students (Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018). Undergraduate students must be committed to enrolling in at least one antisemitism-related course or (a minimum of 1 credit) directed readings course on antisemitism during the year of support. Undergraduate students applying for the Erna B. Rosenfeld Scholarship must request a recommendation for the Erna B. Rosenfeld Scholarship from either Professor Gunther Jikeli or Professor Alvin Rosenfeld.