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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 2018-2019 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 at the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library. We welcome traditional and nontraditional project proposals from all disciplines and backgrounds; including but not limited to Jewish religious studies, history, history of the book and printing, librarianship, art, design, American and international studies, and cultural studies. Individual or group proposals are welcome. Special Collections Research Center staff invite interested applicants to discuss potential projects. Please submit questions to speccoll@gwu.edu



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

Fellowship Requirements

  • A summary of research or project report must be submitted upon completion of the fellowship
  • Awardees are expected to present their work at the end of the fellowship in an event open to the public and GW community

To apply, please submit an application, a letter of interest and a proposal (max. 4 pages) outlining the scope of your research or project and indicating those materials from the Kiev Collection (perhaps supplemented by other Judaica, rare book, or archival collections in the Special Collections Research Center) which may be relevant to your work. 

Senior 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 faculty advisor.

For Junior Fellowship applicants, one letter of support is required. 

Applications are due by November 21, 2018.  Fellowships will begin in January 2019.

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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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