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Kiev Judaica Collection Research Fellowship

Kiev Collection

The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to invite applications to the biennial Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowship Program for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

The fellowship program provides an award for short-term scholarly research, creative, or educational projects informed by the holdings of the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection housed in the Kiev Room of the Gelman Library.  A summary of research or project report is required upon completion of the fellowship. Awardees are expected to present their work at the end of the fellowship in an open event for the GW libraries and community. 

We welcome traditional and nontraditional project proposals from all disciplines and backgrounds; including but not limited to Judaic and religious studies, history, history of the book and printing, librarianship, art, design, and cultural studies. Individual or group proposals are welcome. Special Collections Research Center curatorial and reference staff invite interested applicants to discuss potential projects. 

Senior fellows: Graduate and post-graduate researchers (non-GW applicants welcome).
Junior fellows: Undergraduate students (GWU only).

Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2016.  Fellowships will begin in January 2017.

A complete application will include:

  • A completed fellowship application.
  • A letter and a research proposal (max. 4 pages) outlining the scope of their project and indicating those materials from the Kiev Collection (perhaps supplemented by other Judaica collections in the Special Collections Research Center) which may be relevant to their work.
  • Senior Fellowship applicants should also submit two letters of support, preferably from academic  colleagues. Graduate and doctoral students must include one letter from a dissertation advisor.
  • For Junior Fellowship applicants, one letter of support is required in addition to the letter and research proposal (max. 4 pages) outlining the scope of their project and indicating those materials from the Kiev Collection and other Judaica collections in the Special Collections Research Center relevant to their work.

Inquiries and application materials should be forwarded to:

Special Collections Research Center
The George Washington University Libraries
2130 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
e-mail: speccoll@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. 

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