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Student Funding

Funding Opportunitites

Stanley Frankel Summer Fellowship for Research and Study

The annual fellowship, whose value is $5,000, is open to B.A., and Ph.D students at the University of Michigan who wish to pursue work in Jewish studies during the summer in Europe, Israel, or Latin America. The fellowship may be used for research in archives and libraries, advanced language training, archaeological excavations, scholarly workshops, or social welfare and communal reconstruction projects in countries recovering from authoritarian rule.

  • Deadline - February 9

Marshall Weinberg Endowed Fund for Graduate Students

The Marshall Weinberg Endowed Fund for Graduate Students provides discretionary funds for outstanding graduate students in the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.  The fund supports research and associated activities, such as materials, conference attendance, fellowships to aid completion of theses, and language study.  All students who apply for Graduate Research Funding will be considered for Weinberg Funding.

Weingast Family Fund for Study in Israel

Funding in the amount of $1,000 per award is available for students at the University of Michigan who wish to study abroad in Israel. Funding can be used to support UM and non-UM study abroad programs, including programs in liberal arts, sciences, economics, business, politics, etc.  There are no restrictions on course selection while in Israel, however, preference will be given to undergraduates in the School of LS&A with need.  Award decisions will be made two times per year, although there is no guarantee that awards will be made during each period.

Graduate Research Funding

The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies offers research funding to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in the field of Judaica on an annual basis. Varying amounts of funding will be awarded, based on proposed budgets, to cover related costs such as airfare, lodging, ground transportation, program fees, etc. while engaged in research or advanced learning abroad.

Todd M. Endelman Fellowship Fund and the Zvi Y. Gitelman Fellowship Fund

The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies annually provides five-year funding packages to PhD. applicants from affiliated granting departments in honor of Todd Endelman and Zvi Gitelman. The fellowships pay tribute to two master scholars/teachers who mentored and modeled Judaic Studies for decades. The fellowships provide funding support (tuition, stipend, grad care benefits and summer research funding) in years 1, 4, and 5. Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) support is available in years two and three from the Ph.D. awarding unit.

  • Deadline - Dependent on Ph.D. Granting Departments

Ph.D. Admissions Funding

The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies provides supplemental support towards financial packages for doctoral studies. Ph.D. applications that meet the admission requirements, from affiliated Ph.D. granting departments, are reviewed by the Frankel Center’s Executive Committee on an annual basis. Funding is based on outstanding applicants whose work is in Judaic studies and whom Judaic Studies faculty would serve as mentors. The committee may offer funding in the form of tuition, annual stipend, grad care benefits, and/or summer research funding.

  • Deadline - Dependent on Ph.D. Granting Departments

Opportunities through Rackham

Click here to view Rackham's funding opportunities for graduate students.

Apply For Funding:

Funding is available for Judaic Studies Graduate Certificate students or students who have taken at least three Judaic Studies classes or are receiving any grant or loan funds through the office of financial aid.

Application GuidelinesApplication, Budget Spreadsheet

Summer Funding Requests: Due February 9

Academic Year Funding Request: Rolling Deadline-applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis.


Michael Bernstein Dissertation Prize in Judaic Studies

The Michael Bernstein Dissertation Prize in Judaic Studies is awarded, annually, to a current or recent graduate of the University of Michigan. Recipients must have received a Graduate Certificate in Judaic Studies and have completed completed their dissertation and have been or will be awarded their doctoral degree by the following December. Nominations from Judaic Studies faculty are solicited each fall.

  • Nomination Deadline - November 1

Marshall Weinberg Prize

The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies awards, annually, the Marshall Weinberg Prize to an outstanding graduate student in Judaic Studies. To be eligible for the prize, the student must have passed his or her prelims and be engaged in writing his or her dissertation. Student recipients of this generous award are nominated by a University of Michigan faculty member.

  • Nomination Deadline -  January 10
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Outstanding Yiddish Student Award

Each year the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies presents the Outsanding Yiddish Student Award to a student enrolled in first or second year Yiddish whose classwork and commitment to Yiddish stands out.  Eligible students must be enrolled in Yiddish in both the fall and winter terms.

This $500 award is presented at the Judaic Studies spring graduation reception. Nominations are solicited from the Yiddish instructor and other relevant Judaic Studies faculty.

  • Nomination Deadline - March

Yiddish Fellowship

All students enrolled in third semester Yiddish will receive a $250 fellowship from the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.  The fellowship will be processed to the student's account in December.

For additional assistance, please contact the Student Services Coordinator.