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The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. Since 1914, JDC has exemplified that all Jews are responsible for one another and for improving the well-being of vulnerable people around the world. Today, JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.
The JDC Archives documents the activities of the organization, from its inception in 1914 to the present. The repository houses one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history. Comprising the organizational records of JDC, the overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community, the archives includes over three miles of text documents; 100,000 photographs; 1100 audio recordings, including oral histories, historic speeches and broadcasts; and 1300 video recordings. JDC’s historic films comprise another invaluable resource, ranging from the late 1920’s to 1979.
The JDC Archives is pleased to present its Fellowship program. Five or six fellowships will be awarded each year to deserving scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or Jerusalem. Research topics in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, general history, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections.
Candidates must submit applications by January 21, 2018 to the JDC Archives online. An Academic Advisory Committee consisting of leading scholars and members of the JDC Archives Committee will be responsible for selecting the fellows.
The JDC Archives is pleased to announce its 2018 grant for post-production and/or distribution costs of a documentary film, which draws on the JDC archival collections. Click here for further information.
Applications are due by February 15, 2018 and should be submitted online. An Advisory Committee consisting of scholars, filmmakers and members of the JDC Archives Committee will be responsible for selecting the awarded filmmaker and film.
Please access the JDC Archives’ finding aids here.
Titles and descriptive information for JDC films and videos relating to your topic can be obtained by submitting an AV research request here.
Please view a list of previously awarded fellows here.
Please view a list of documentary film grantees here.
For more information, please contact us.