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Fellowship Opportunities

The Fred and Ellen Lewis Fellowship

The Fred and Ellen Lewis/JDC Archives Fellowship was established in 2011 with a generous gift to the JDC Archives from the estate of Ellen Lewis, a longtime JDC employee who worked for JDC from 1947 – 1985. One (1) or two (2) 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 facility in New York or Jerusalem. The amount granted will range from $2,000 to $5,000 per fellow. Qualified candidates are encouraged to click the links below to apply.

Please access the JDC Archives’ finding aids here.

For more information, please contact us.

    The Ruth and David Musher Fellowship

    The Ruth and David Musher/JDC Archives Fellowship was established in 2014 with a generous gift from Ruth and David Musher, supporters of JDC who have deep roots in the American Jewish Community, as well as a long-time commitment to Jewish education and academic research and scholarship. One (1) fellowship will be awarded each year to a deserving scholar engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives facility in New York or Jerusalem. The amount granted will be $2,500 per fellow per year. Qualified candidates are encouraged to click the links below to apply.

    Please access the JDC Archives’ finding aids here.

    For more information, please contact us.

      The Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin Fellowship

      The Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin/JDC Archives Fellowship was established in 2015 with a generous gift from Dr. Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin, supporters of JDC who have deep roots in the field of higher education, as well as a long-time commitment to academic research and scholarship. One (1) fellowship will be awarded each year to a deserving scholar engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives. The amount granted will be $2,500. Dr. Sorrell Chesin has dedicated his career to the advancement of higher education. His long tenure at the State University of New York at Albany from 1965-2013 included serving as Executive Director of the University of Albany Foundation. Dr. Chesin continues his involvement with the university, serving on the Board of Directors and in leadership positions at the UAlbany Emeritus Center, an association of several retired faculty, administrators, and professionals who were granted emeritus status upon retirement

      Lorraine Chesin began her career in arts education before transitioning to the field of social work. She served in administrative positions at the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health in Troy, NY, for many years, retiring as Commissioner. Since her retirement in 2002, Lorraine Chesin has pursued her longtime interest in art and has presented her work in many exhibitions.

      “Because we both have had a good education, meaningful careers, and a satisfying life together, we want to share our good fortune. We have valued hard work, perseverance and exploration and are committed to encourage and reward the continuation of these values.”

      —Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin

      Qualified candidates are encouraged to click the links below to apply.

      Please access the JDC Archives’ finding aids here.

      For more information, please contact us.

      The Max and Cecil (Steuer) Chesin Fellowship

      The Max and Cecil (Steuer) Chesin/JDC Archives Fellowship was established in 2017 with a generous gift from Dr. Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin to honor Max and Cecil (Steuer) Chesin, the parents of Sorrell Chesin. One (1) fellowship will be awarded each year to a deserving scholar from outside the United States engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives. The amount granted will be $2,500.

      “Their journeys as young immigrants to America were a hopeful voyage into the unknown. Fate brought them together. From tentative but determined beginnings, nourished by perseverance and commitment…as with research…, a family grew that bestows its respect and love to them. I am pleased to establish this JDC Archives Research Fellowship on behalf of my parents.” —Sorrell E. Chesin, Ph.D.

      Qualified candidates are encouraged to click the links below to apply.

      Please access the JDC Archives’ finding aids here.

      For more information, please contact us.

      The Ruth and David Musher JDC Archives Regional Fellowship

      The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is pleased to present the Ruth and David Musher/JDC Archives Regional Fellowship for regional research focused on Israel and North African Jewish communities. This fellowship was established in 2017, sponsored by Ruth and David Musher, supporters of JDC, who have deep roots in the American Jewish community and a long-time commitment to Jewish education, academic research and scholarship. Four fellowships will be granted in total over several years to deserving scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives on the following topics:

      • JDC’s work in Israel and the Yishuv
      • JDC’s work in the Jewish communities of North Africa

      The amount granted will be $2,500.

      Qualified candidates are encouraged to click the links below to apply.

      Please access the JDC Archives’ finding aids here.

      For more information, please contact us.

      The Martin and Rhoda Safer JDC Archives Fellowship

      The Martin and Rhoda Safer/JDC Archives Fellowship was established in 2016 by the family of Brian and Fae Safer in loving memory of his parents, to recognize the importance of the educational efforts of the JDC. One (1) fellowship was awarded in both 2016 and 2017 to a deserving scholar engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives. This fellowship is no longer available.