The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University offers numerous funding opportunities for all of its undergraduate and graduate students in the form of scholarships, internships, prizes, and other forms of funding. When applying for a specific type of funding, please review the eligibility requirements for that particular fund. If you have questions, contact the Borns Jewish Studies Program, (812) 855-0453.
Find more information on IU scholarships at the Office of Student Financial Assistance. The College of Arts and Sciences also maintains this list of additonal funding resources for undergraduate students.
Students who would like to be considered for other types of financial aid are encouraged to fill out FAFSA forms and submit them to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
For information about scholarships, funding, and taxability, visit www.irs.gov//publications/p970/.
Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Scholarship winners with Robert Borns (far left, second row)
Scholarships are available to students entering IU Bloomington beginning as freshmen (with 12 credits or less transferred to IU). All scholarship recipients must be full-time students and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA as majors or certificate students in Jewish Studies at IU Bloomington through the funded year/s. Students receiving four-year scholarships may use them, after their freshman year, toward a semester/year of study at Hebrew University, Ben-Gurion University, Haifa University, or Tel Aviv University in Israel, at predominantly Jewish Studies academic programs abroad, or any IU-sponsored or co-sponsored overseas study program, or for full-time, unpaid Jewish Studies-related internships away from IU.
Selection Criteria: Candidates will be considered primarily on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and promise. Extracurricular achievements will also be considered. Students must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above and have a record of academic and extracurricular accomplishment. Students committing to pursuing the major in Jewish Studies will be given priority over students who plan to pursue the Jewish Studies certificate.
Mail, E-mail or FAX applications to:
Jewish Studies Freshmen Scholarship Competition
Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program
Goodbody Hall 326
1011 E. Third Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7005
Phone (812) 855-0453, FAX (812) 855-4314; e-mail: email@example.com.
Submission of transcripts and recommendations may be mailed or e-mailed directly to the Jewish Studies Program.
Announcement of Scholarship Prizes: First round recipients: March 2, 2013; Second round recipients: May 2, 2013.
The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University offers a rigorous interdisciplinary study of the Jewish people and culture in an intimate learning environment nestled within a major research university. Our distinguished faculty, outstanding staff, accomplished alumni, and supportive community work together to ensure the best possible experience for our students.
ELIGIBILITY: Scholarships and the internship are open to Indiana University Bloomington students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 who are either majoring in Jewish Studies or pursuing the Jewish Studies certificate or minor in Hebrew. Students with significant financial need and a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher may also apply. Students graduating in December 2013 will be eligible for fall 2013 scholarship funding only, i.e., half of a full year of scholarship funding.
Recipients must be full-time students (full-time can be defined as less than 12 hours for undergraduates in their final semester, if approved by the Registrar) and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and continue as Jewish Studies students during the funding period.
Students may use scholarship funding toward study abroad programs that allow them to continue normal academic progress toward graduation or to pursue full-time, unpaid Jewish Studies-related internships away from the Indiana University Bloomington campus in the fall or spring when registered for ASCS-W 499 or ASCS-Q 398.
Note that scholarships are awarded through credit on fall 2013 and spring 2014 Indiana University bursar’s bills (divided equally between the two semesters).
SELECTION CRITERIA: Candidates will be considered on the basis of a combination of academic and personal achievement, and financial need, if applicable. Preference will be given to applicants with records of both financial need and academic/personal achievement. In cases where all is equal, majors will receive priority over certificate and Hebrew minor students.
*Sara and Albert Reuben Scholarships - Two scholarships, one up to $3,000 and another up to $10,000, to support the study of the Holocaust. Students must submit a one page proposal setting forth how funding will further their study of the Holocaust and a budget. During the 2013-14 academic year, the scholarships may support funding to attend Holocaust-related conferences, to do research in archives, to subsidize a Holocaust-related internship, to engage in research to support honors theses, and other academic initiatives related to the Holocaust. They can only be awarded in fall and/or spring when the recipient is a full-time student. Awards will not be based on financial need.
*Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Administrative Internship in Jewish Studies - This intern will serve a professional apprenticeship with Dr. Carolyn Lipson-Walker, Assistant Director, to assist with recruiting students, alumni relations, career support for current students, various clerical duties, data entry, mailings, and miscellaneous projects for the Jewish Studies staff. Students applying for the administrative internship must plan to be in residence at Indiana University Bloomington for both the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. The work week will average 10-12 hours per week during the 2013-2014 academic year (with maximum wages of $3,000). Jewish Studies students interested in a career in communal service are encouraged to apply. Excellent career experience. Non-resident aliens need appropriate work authorization.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS & THE INTERNSHIP: Please submit:
Hand deliver or mail your completed application and all documents as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, March 1, 2013 to: Borns Jewish Studies Program, Indiana University, Goodbody Hall 326, 1011 E. 3rd Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7005; Phone (812) 855-0453; FAX (812) 855-4314.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF SCHOLARSHIPS: Recipients will be notified in late March-early April, 2013, and will be recognized at the annual Jewish Studies Student-Faculty dinner on Sunday, April 14, 2013.
Two Scholarships: One up to $3,000 & one up to $10,000
Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2013
During the academic year 2013-2014, the Sara and Albert Reuben scholarships may support funding to attend Holocaust-related conferences, to do research in archives and libraries, to subsidize a Holocaust-related internship, to engage in research and to support honors theses, and other academic initiatives related to the Holocaust. The monies can only be awarded in the fall and/or spring when the recipient is a full-time student.
Important Note: Graduate students see Graduate Funding Opportunities for information to apply. Current Jewish Studies majors, certificate and Hebrew minor students go to “Scholarships & Internships for Continuing Jewish Studies Students" (above) for instructions and forms to apply.
Directions below are for all other IU Bloomington undergraduate students:
These scholarships are a gift from Candice and Larry Reuben in memory of parents Sara and Albert Reuben who were committed to the advancement of learning and research about this crucial dimension of modern history.
The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University is pleased to announce undergraduate professional development grants available to Jewish Studies major, certificate, and Hebrew minor students for the 2012-13 year. Grants of up to $500 are available to defray the costs associated with attending extracurricular professional development programs related to Jewish Studies. Students are eligible for one professional development grant per academic year.
No later than one month before the funds are needed and preferably earlier, an applicant must provide: 1) a one page statement describing the program and explaining how it will contribute to the applicant’s Jewish Studies education and/or Jewish Studies career objectives; 2) a reference from a Jewish Studies faculty member (can be sent separately); and 3) a budget, explaining what the funds will be used for. Please submit statement, reference, and budget to the Jewish Studies Program (Goodbody Hall 326, 855-0453) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funds are limited. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Jewish Studies Undergraduate Professional Development Grants are made available through the Friends of the Borns Jewish Studies Program.
FIRST PRIZE: $1,500
Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2013
Purpose: To stimulate and encourage undergraduate excellence in writing and research in the field of Jewish Studies. It is our goal that students will reach a deeper understanding and appreciation of matters relating to Judaica and Jewish civilization.
Eligibility: Any current Indiana University Bloomington undergraduate student.
Deadline: Papers should be e-mailed in MS Word to email@example.com before midnight on Friday, May 17, 2013. Papers may also be emailed any time during the 2011-2012 academic year. Please include in subject line: "Bern Essay Submission".
The author of the winning paper will be acknowledged at the Jewish Studies Dessert in Fall, 2013.
This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Henry A. Bern by his family and friends. Henry Bern was a professor of Education at Indiana University where he was committed to teaching and the world of learning.
If you have questions, call 855-0453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University is pleased to announce the 2013 Leonore and Louis Piser Prize in Jewish Studies. The $1,000 prize is awarded annually to an outstanding graduating Jewish Studies B.A., certificate, or Hebrew minor student who is planning to pursue a career or further academic work related to Jewish Studies.
Requirements: The prize winner must be pursuing a B.A., certificate, or Hebrew minor in Jewish Studies and plan to graduate in December 2012 or May or August of 2013. The recipient must have an outstanding academic and extracurricular record, have shown commitment to Jewish student initiatives and activities, and must plan to pursue a career in or further academic work related to Jewish Studies. Students must have at least a 3.2 GPA overall and a 3.3 average in Jewish Studies.
Application/Nomination Procedure: The prize will be awarded by a committee who will review the applications of eligible Jewish Studies B.A., certificate, and Hebrew minor students. Applications are mailed to eligible students in January of each year. Deadline for submission of applications is Friday, March 1, 2013.
Announcement of the Prize: The winner of the prize will be notified in early April, 2013 and will be recognized at the annual Jewish Studies Student-Faculty dinner on Sunday, April 14, 2013.
The late Leonore and Louis Piser of South Bend initiated this prize to encourage students to pursue further education in Jewish Studies and a career in some significant area of Jewish communal life. Through this prize and other initiatives, the Borns Jewish Studies Program hopes to demonstrate to our graduating seniors the high value we place on their continued education and careers in Jewish Studies.
The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University is pleased to announce the 2013 George and Monique Stolnitz Yiddish Prize in Jewish Studies. The $800 prize is awarded annually in the spring to a student who shows the greatest promise in the study of Yiddish language or literature, and/or the history in which Yiddish culture took root and flourished.
Requirements: The prize is open to all students enrolled in relevant Yiddish language, literature, or Jewish history classes during the 2012-2013 academic year. Both undergraduate and graduate students who show great promise in Yiddish studies are eligible with preference given to undergraduate students. Undergraduate students must have an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher. Preference will be given to Jewish Studies major or certificate students or Jewish Studies doctoral minor students.
Nomination: Students will be nominated by teachers of Yiddish language, literature, and Jewish history during the 2012-2013 year. There is no application process.
Announcement of the Prize: The winner of the prize will be notified in April 2013 and will be recognized at the annual Jewish Studies Student-Faculty dinner on Sundday, April 14, 2013.
The prize is an expression of long-time Bloomington residents Monique and the late George Stolnitz’s strong commitment to the advancement of education in Yiddish language and culture. Through the prize and other initiatives, the Borns Jewish Studies Program recognizes the inestimable value of the study of Yiddish language, literature, and culture in understanding some of the most significant aspects of modern Jewish culture and history.
For more information, call (812) 855-0453 or email email@example.com.