Cross-Institutional Cooperative Grants

2019-20 Call for Applications

AAJR can provide modest grants to help support academic collaboration between Jewish studies programs (or faculty) at multiple institutions, either in the same city or in close geographical proximity. Projects that will be considered for support include ongoing, theme-focused seminars or workshops open to faculty and graduate students.  Projects directed by graduate students (under faculty supervision) will also be considered for funding.

The maximum amount to be awarded to any project will be $5,000.  The grant may be used to subsidize the travel of participants when the institutions are in different cities, to bring in speakers from outside the participating institutions, and to pay direct administrative costs (but not levies for administrative overhead).

All projects should extend over at least one year and involve multiple meetings or sessions.  The grants are not intended to support one-time events like conferences.

Applications should include a detailed description of the project, as well as a budget, letters from the heads of the relevant departments, programs, or centers indicating approval of the project, and the contact information for at least one academic reference.

Funding is intended only for faculty and graduate students at North American universities.

Please submit applications via email to Cheri Thompson at  The deadline for applications is February 3, 2020.  Recipients of grants will be notified by May 2020.

For questions regarding this program, please contact Professor Beth Wenger, Chair of the review committee at


Past Recipients

2019-2020 Recipients

Past Recipients of the Special Initiatives Fund

2018-2019 Recipients

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2016-2017 Recipients

2015-2016 Recipients

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