Graduate Student Seminar

2018 Seminar

Hosted by the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan

Jeffrey Veidlinger, Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies, University of Michigan
Christine Hayes, Robert F. and Patricia Ross Weis Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University

The AAJR is pleased to sponsor a residential seminar for graduate students in all areas of Jewish studies. The seminar will be held from Sunday, May 6 to Tuesday, May 8, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The seminar aims to create a community in which graduate students can examine current work in history and culture as well as matters concerning the nature of the academic profession in general and Jewish studies in particular. In addition, some preassigned readings will be discussed. Graduate students chosen to participate will be asked to present parts of their dissertations.  These presentations may include the prospectus, research plans, chapters, conference papers, and articles. In this workshop format, students will receive constructive feedback from seminar participants.

AAJR will cover on-campus housing, meals, and up to $400 in travel costs for students who are accepted.

Enrollment in the seminar is competitive and limited to those who have completed at least one year of doctoral study in any discipline or time period.

Applicants must submit:

  • A three- to five-page description of their doctoral studies’ focus, their dissertation topic, and foreign language proficiency. 
  • A letter from their advisor
  • A transcript
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A brief (250 word) description of their career goals

Deadline is January 26, 2018. Please email all materials to Kelsey Robinette ( with “AAJR Seminar” in the subject line. Applicants will be notified in early March. For further information or questions, please contact Jeffrey Veidlinger at

This call is now past. Check back for 2020 Seminar details.