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Graduate Fellowships

The Samuel M. Melton Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies

The George M. & Renee K. Levine Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies                                           

The Samuel M. Melton and George M. & Renee K. Levine Graduate Fellowships in Jewish Studies support students focusing on a Jewish studies research topic at any point in their graduate program. Each fellowship provides a $22,557 stipend, a full fee remission plus full health insurance coverage for one academic year, and $500 in research funds. While comparative projects are welcome, priority will be given to projects focused on Jewish studies.

For current Ohio State students: Complete the application requirements as listed below.

For prospective Ohio State students: To be eligible for a Jewish Studies fellowship, you must first be accepted into an affiliated department with a graduate degree program at The Ohio State University, and the fellowship must be used for graduate research in a core area of Jewish Studies. For more information, contact a faculty member in the department of your choice and confirm the application materials as listed below. In addition, contact the department for specific graduate admission requirements. For application and other important information go to the graduate admissions website of The Ohio State University.

Melton and Levine Graduate Fellowship Requirements

Fellows must be in residence at The Ohio State University for the tenure of their fellowship and enrolled for a minimum of 3 credit hours for 2 consecutive semesters of the academic year (Autumn through Spring). We request that students, as part of the fellowship, volunteer as a resource person to the Jewish community in a way that is mutually beneficial to the student and the Melton Center.

A Complete Application Must Contain:

  • Completed Application Form
  • A proposal of 3–5 pages that clearly describes your research project or plan of study for the fellowship year and how it relates to the field of Jewish Studies.
  • A writing sample of 15–20 pages (or the studio-based equivalent for arts-practice-based projects) that demonstrates your work as related to the proposed research topic in Jewish Studies.
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV)
  • For incoming graduate students, a copy of your full graduate school application, including transcripts and a copy of GRE scores (if applicable). It is the student’s responsibility to either submit or request that their department submit this application.
  • 2 letters of recommendation.
    • For students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at Ohio State: One letter should be from your academic advisor. The second letter should be from a faculty member who can speak to the contribution of the project to the field of Jewish Studies if the advisor’s letter does not already address this. The letters should also speak to your work as a graduate student and to your research.
    • For incoming graduate students: You may use letters that were submitted with your graduate school application that focus specifically on your academic areas of interest in Jewish Studies. One of your letters should be from a member of the Ohio State Jewish Studies faculty in your prospective academic unit at OSU.