Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowship

Overview

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.

The Fellowship Program provides stipends for short-term research and writing at the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, housed in the Kiev Room within the Gelman Library. 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 Fellowship is offered every other year - the next opportunity will be June 2018. 

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.

Application

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 holdings in the Gelman Library 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 the application

Deadline for 2018: TBD; on or around June 30, 2018.

Inquiries and application materials should be forwarded to:

Robin Delaloye
Director of Communications
The Gelman Library
George Washington University
2130 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
rdelaloy@gwu.edu

Learn more about the Gelman Library's Kiev Collection and related Judaica collections.