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Student Funding

Funding Opportunitites

Declared Graduate Certificate Students

Funding is available for all declared Judaic Studies Graduate Certificate students as outlined in the following three categories.

1) Graduate Students who are recruited to PhD granting departments are eligible for the Todd M. Endelman and Zvi Y. Gitelman fellowships.  These fellowships provide five-year funding packages to incoming PhD students and require the completion of the Judaic Studies Gradate Certificate.  The fellowships provide funding for tuition, stipend, and grad care benefits in years one, four, and five from Judaic Studies and graduate student instructor (GSI) support in years two and three from the PhD awarding unit.  In addition, summer research funding is provided in years one through four from Judaic Studies.

2) Graduate Certificate students not funded through the Todd M. Endelman and Zvi Y. Gitelman Fellowships will receive a $12,000 stipend payable in three allocations of $4,000 each per year.  Funding allocations will be processed, at the request of the student, during any year of the student’s Graduate Certificate studies.  Students will need to provide a short description for the use of the funds in order for the Judaic Studies program to properly allocate the funds.

3) Graduate Students are eligible to apply for additional funding such as the Stanley Frankel Summer Travel Fellowship and the Marshall Weinberg Endowed Fund for up to $5,000 per request as outlined below.

A. Graduate Students who have received the Todd M. Endelman and Zvi Y. Gitelman fellowships who are in their fifth year or later.

B. Graduate Certificate Students who have reached candidacy and who have exhausted the $12,000 stipends mentioned above.

Stanley Frankel Summer Travel Fellowship provides support for students traveling to Israel, Europe, or Latin America.  Students pursuing dissertation research in archives or libraries, advanced language training, archaeological excavations, scholarly workshops, or social welfare and cultural reconstruction projects in communities recovering from political oppression and economic crises.

Marshall Weinberg Endowed Fund for Graduate Students provides discretionary funds to supports research and associated activities, such as materials, conference attendance, fellowships to aid completion of theses, and language study.

Conference attendance requests are limited to one per term or summer with a maximum of two per academic year and are capped up to $750 for domestic and $1,500 for international requests

Declared Jewish Communal Leadership Program Students

Graduate students accepted into the Jewish Communal Leadership Program (JCLP) through the School of Social Work and who have taken at least two Judaic Studies classes are eligible to apply for funding in support of educational opportunities approved by the JCLP Director, up to $5,000 per request.

Conference attendance requests are limited to one per term or summer with a maximum of two per academic year and are capped up to $750 for domestic and $1,500 for international requests

Enrolled U-M Graduate Students

Weingast Family Fund

Funding is available for all University of Michigan graduate students who are receiving any grant or loan funds though the office of financial aid from the Weingast Family Fund for up to $5,000 per request.   Students pursuing travel or study abroad in Israel are eligible to apply.  Preference will be given to students from LSA who will be studying for semester or year-long programs. 

For additional assistance, please contact the Student Services Coordinator, js-student-services@umich.edu, 734-615-6097.