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Academic Consortium Grants Application

The Academic Consortium brings faculty and graduate students in the field of Jewish Studies together with their peers at other Bay Area institutions, providing intellectual exchange and a sense of community beyond what is available on any individual campus.

Initiated in 1988 at the Federation and funded by the Swig Family Fund, the Academic Consortium also brings Northern California academics into a closer relationship with the organized Jewish community, thereby bridging these two communities that have so much to offer each other. Steven J. Zipperstein serves as chair of the Steering Committee.

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Academic Consortium: Jewish Studies Graduate Student Grants
The Academic Consortium is pleased to support Jewish Studies programs in meeting the specific research needs of their graduate students. Grants of up to $3,000 will be offered to support research opportunities, including summer travel and language study, with preference toward support of Ph.D. students with verified financial need. Preference will also be given to those students engaging in research or advanced language study, unless entry-level language training is unavailable at their institution. 

Requirements and Nominations
Applicants must be enrolled in a M.A. or Ph.D. program and must be nominated by a faculty member at one of the Consortium’s Northern California partnering institutions. Students may be asked to report on their research to the Academic Consortium, or participate in Academic Consortium programs upon their return. 

As of 2016, grants will be made directly to the students, contingent upon receipt of a W-9.  

This program is made possible by the Swig Family Fund for Jewish Community Involvement of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment fund.  


The application deadline for 2019 has not been announced.

Once announced, one statement of support from the nominating faculty member is required and may be uploaded below or sent by email. Letters of support should be no longer than one page.

For questions about the application or process, please contact Camille Menke, at 415.512.6228.