CFA Deadline: May 31, Grants for European Jewish Studies Conferences & Summer Schools

May 16, 2015toMay 31, 2015

The European Association for Jewish Studies invites the submission of event proposals in the framework of the EAJS Conference Grant Programme in European Jewish Studies, funded through a generous grant for the academic year 2015/16. As in the case of the earlier EAJS Programme in European Jewish Studies, the purpose of the program is twofold: to foster cooperation among scholars involved in Jewish Studies across Europe, and to support early career researchers in this field to develop a professional network.

Grants will be offered for two types of academic events, EAJS Conferences and EAJS Summer Schools. The program allows for the allocation of between € 2,000 and € 10,000 for an individual event. Funds may be requested for travel expenses, accommodation and meals for the active participants. Academic excellence and the impact on network building in Jewish Studies across Europe will be key criteria; international cooperation in the development of proposals is strongly encouraged. Proposals should be submitted by at least one Full Member of EAJS. Membership in EAJS of other applicants as well as the active participants in the event is not required. Events need to be held within the Academic Year 2015/16 (i.e. between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016).

Both EAJS Conferences and Summer Schools may be devoted to any topic of relevance in Jewish Studies, including but not limited to Jewish history, Jewish thought, Jewish languages and literatures, Jewish history of science and knowledge, Jewish material heritage, and Jewish topics in the Social and Political Sciences. Events need to be hosted by an academic institution based in a European country.

In the case of EAJS Conferences, the format can range from discussion-focused one-day workshops to wide-ranging, synoptic conferences. EAJS Summer Schools need to give a detailed description of how the proposed theme will be translated into both lectures by faculty and active forms of involvement for the non-faculty participants (discussions, group work, presentations). A summer school proposal needs to include a description and a justification of the theme, the faculty involved, and the duration and location of the event. It also needs to offer information about the expected non-faculty participants (undergraduate/graduate students, postdocs and early career scholars).

For both formats, the applicant/s are encouraged to invite participants from across Europe in order to allow for a broad representation of approaches and academic cultures. EAJS welcomes applications that demonstrate a degree of public or Jewish communal impact. Successful applicants are invited to produce a brief summary of the major outcomes which will be posted to the EAJS homepage. English needs to be one, but not necessarily the only conference language.

Grant: Proposed budgets will be assessed against the academic excellence and relevance of the submission as well as its expected outcomes and outputs. Applicants may request between € 2,000 and € 10,000 for travel expenses, accommodation and maintenance of the active participants. In case of an event budget exceeding this amount, the applicants need to show evidence for the ability to provide for the remaining amount.

Eligibility: Applications are to be submitted by one or more scholars actively involved in Jewish Studies. At least one applicant needs to be a Full Member of the European Association for Jewish Studies. Active participants are not required to be members of the EAJS; however the EAJS expects that a significant proportion of the active participants will be involved in academic pursuits at European universities and academic institutions. Cooperation across Europe is strongly encouraged. The academic who will host the event will function as main applicant. S/he will need to document sufficient institutional support for holding the event and the adequate administration of funds.

Submission process: Proposals for EAJS Conferences and Summer schools need to be submitted, including full documentation (applicant details:  academic affiliation, CV, short bibliography; details of the proposed event, including description of theme and rationale, preliminary budget, proposed venue; details about hosting institution), through this online form not later than May 29, 2015 latest. Awards will be made by July 19, 2015.
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