CFA: Doctoral Fellowship Program - Brandeis University, Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education

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The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University invites applicants for its third cohort of fellows for its doctoral fellowship program. This program will provide intellectual and professional support to a small group of current doctoral students in North America and Israel-based universities whose research is, in one form or another, related to Jewish education. 

This program has the following goals: 

  • Engage fellows in conversations about the field of Jewish education (and adjacent fields).
    Mentor fellows and connect them to intellectual resources that complement the strengths of their particular doctoral programs. This will be customized based on fellows’ needs. 
  • Provide fellows with thought partners to workshop ideas, presentations, and their writing.
  • Support fellows in planning for their next career steps.  
  • Create a sense of collaboration and support among fellows. 
  • Help fellows maintain momentum and develop accountability structures for their research/writing. 
  • Support fellows’ research by providing a $1,500 stipend to be used for professional development, conference participation, or data collection. 

To participate, you will need to commit to meeting with your group over Zoom every 2 weeks to workshop ideas, writings, and/or presentations. You will also need to commit to spending 1-2 hours every 2 weeks reading and commenting on other fellows’ work to provide feedback. We will determine dates based on fellows’ schedules. Fellows also will be expected to come together for an in-person workshop in June 2023 (travel costs will be paid for by the MCSJE). 

We welcome applications from across disciplines and universities whose research is related to Jewish education (broadly defined). Priority will be given to students who have already collected their data.  Because fellows will be workshopping their writing and ideas together, we will be selecting fellows primarily based on the topics they study and the types of methodologies they use. You can learn more about previous cohorts of fellows here: 

The program will run from September 2022-August 2023. It will be led by Dr. Ilana Horwitz, Assistant Professor and Fields-Rayant Chair of Contemporary Jewish Life at Tulane University. 

To apply, complete this form (, where you will be asked to upload your CV, by 5 pm EST on August 15, 2022. Please direct any questions to Dr. Ilana Horwitz: