Paideia, the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, educates leaders for Europe – academicians, artists and community activists – towards fluency in Jewish sources. The Institute offers a one year Jewish Studies Program, dedicated to the study and interdisciplinary interpretation of Jewish textual sources, and some students are supported on Paideia’s One Year Fellowship in Jewish Studies. Fellows spend eight months at Paideia in Stockholm, Sweden with the possibility of completing a Master in Jewish Civilizations at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg, Germany. The fellowship includes student tuition, student accommodation and a monthly stipend towards living costs.
The Jewish Studies program offers a combination of traditional textual study methodology (hevruta), an academic and critical approach to interpretation, and an applied dimension answering to contemporary needs, making it a unique program. The program also includes language study in Hebrew Ulpan, taught four hours a week on three different levels. The amount of Hebrew studies is equivalent to one semester of exclusive full-time study.
Applications are due March 1 and prior study experience in Jewish texts or Hebrew is not required.
The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) offers Ministry and Doctoral Fellowships for students at the undergraduate, Master’s or doctoral level who are preparing for pastoral ministry or teaching. One of the larger fellowships, FTE’s Volunteers Exploring Vocation Fellowship, provides $10,000 to a Master’s student who volunteers for one year with one of Volunteer Exploring Vocation’s (VEV) partner organizations. FTE also offers a number of Doctoral and Dissertation Fellowships of $10 – $20K for African-American and minority students.
FTE offers some fantastic tips for preparing your fellowship application, including tips for writing the personal statement. They say:
Well-written and focused personal statements present that students case for admission into a Ph.D. program. They should clearly state the applicant’s educational and vocational goals, describe prior academic training and practical experience as the background for doctoral study, and articulate how they see their own plans fitting with the specific degree program.
What this means in a nutshell is don’t be wishy-washy about your goals. If you’re unsure what you want to do in your career long-term, that’s ok. But for the purpose of preparing a successful fellowship application, pick one potential path and speak about that path with confidence, and be sure to note how the fellowship will help you get there. Good luck!
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Our step-by-step guide for a competitive fellowship application
1. Create a plan
2. Project proposal ideas
3. Talk to current / former fellows
4. Prepare an effective resumé
5. Find a host institution
6. Write a compelling personal statement
7. Prepare a strong project proposal
8. Get great recommendation letters (P1)
9. Get great recommendation letters (P2)
10. Nail the individual and group interviews