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The Center annually sponsors the Donald and Robin Kennedy Undergraduate Award for the best undergraduate essay on any theme in Jewish Studies, the Dr. Bernard Kaufman Undergraduate Research Award in Jewish Studies awarded to an undergraduate engaged in research on Jews in modernity, and the Koret Award for best essay written in Hebrew by an undergraduate. In alternate years, the Center sponsors the Nelee Langmuir Award for a student working in the field of Modern European History with a preference given to work on the Holocaust, and the Short Story Contest which awards the top three stories written on a Jewish theme.

Please send applications to center manager Linda Huynh at lindamh@stanford.edu unless otherwise noted.

See list of past award winners here.

 

Koret Service Learning Fellowship in the Jewish Community

Developed in collaboration with the Haas Center for Public Service, this new program, supported by the Koret Foundation, offers up to two fellowships per year to support projects that aim to address a social welfare, cultural, educational or environmental need in partnership with a Jewish communal organization. See the Haas Center Website for more information.

Application deadline: February 6, 2018.

The Dr. Bernard Kaufman Undergraduate Research Award in Jewish Studies

The Kaufman Award will be given during the academic year to an undergraduate student who is engaged in research on Jews in modernity, with a preference for research focusing on contemporary Jewish life. The award is $1000.
 
Applications for projects to be conducted in 2018 should include a 1-2 page description of the proposed project that describes its significance and how and when the research will be conducted. The application should also include a brief description or budget detailing how the funds will be used, and the name of a faculty member that can be contacted for a reference. Applications for this year must be submitted to the Taube Center by May 15, 2018.

The Donald and Robin Kennedy Undergraduate Award

The Donald and Robin Kennedy Undergraduate Award honors the best essay and thesis written by an undergraduate at Stanford on a Jewish theme, and offers a prize of $500 each. This award is made possible by the generous gifts of William J. Lowenberg and Barbara and Ken Oshman.
 
To be considered for the Kennedy award in the academic year 2017-18, essays must have been written for a course during the student's career at Stanford in the period between the spring quarter 2017 and the spring quarter 2018. Please include course and instructor with your submission. All submissions must be received by May 15, 2018.

The Koret Award for Best Essay Written in Hebrew

The Koret Award will be given to the best essay written in Hebrew by an undergraduate at Stanford, and offers a prize of $250. All submissions must be received by May 1, 2018.

The Nelee Langmuir Award

The Nelee Langmuir Award will be given to a student essay in the field of Modern European History with a preference given to work on the Holocaust, and offers a prize of $500. In alternate years, the award will be given to an undergraduate student who shows excellence and commitment to studying French, to be coordinated by the Language Center.

Application deadline: May 15, 2018

The Jewish Studies Short Story Contest

The Taube Center for Jewish Studies invites all Stanford undergraduate students to submit a short story (4000 words maximum) to the first annual short story contest sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies. Stories may draw on any aspects of Jewish life, history, and culture, and address any aspect of Jewish experience - historical, religious, non-religious, political, artistic or personal - from within a Jewish perspective or from the perspective of another culture.

  • Grand Prize: $ 600
  • Second Prize: $ 300
  • Third Prize: $ 150

We strongly encourage all undergraduates and graduating seniors of every faith and ethnicity to submit a short story. Stories will be judged by a panel of three renowned Stanford University authors:

  • Maya Arad
  • Sara Houghteling
  • Dan Schifrin

Examples of compelling short stories on a Jewish theme are:

  • Tails of Manhattan by Woody Allen
  • Rothschild’s Fiddle by Anton Chekhov
  • We are not Jews by Hanif Kureishi
  • Photograph by Ronit Matalon

All submissions must be original works (we accept work written for a class), written in English, typed and double-spaced. They will be judged anonymously.

Application deadline: April 16, 2018