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Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

2017-2018 Scholarships and Internships for Continuing Jewish Studies Students

Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017

The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 scholarship and internship competition for continuing Indiana University Jewish Studies students. Eligible Jewish Studies major, certificate, minor, and Hebrew minor students may apply for funding for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarships and administrative internship were established to assist Jewish Studies students with financial need and to recognize outstanding student performance.

Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Scholarships & Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Merit Scholarships
Irving Katz Scholarship - preference may be given to students studying Jewish history
Henry Fischel, Ph.D., Scholarship - for incoming juniors and seniors who will study in Israel on an approved overseas study program or volunteer in an organized nonprofit program during the 2017-2018 year
The Percy Family Scholarship - to support study in Israel
Sandra and Stanley Trockman Scholarship
Edward M. Dayan Scholarship - preference given to a student planning to teach Hebrew or Jewish Studies
*Sara and Albert Reuben Scholarships - Two scholarships, one up to $3,000 and one up to $10,000, to support the study of the Holocaust
Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Administrative Internship in Jewish Studies

ELIGIBILITY: Scholarships and the internship are open to Indiana University Bloomington students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 who are either majoring in Jewish Studies or pursuing the Jewish Studies certificate, the minor, or the minor in Hebrew. Students with significant financial need and a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher may also apply. Students graduating in December 2017 will be eligible for fall 2017 scholarship funding only, i.e., half of a full year of scholarship funding.

Recipients must be full-time students (full-time can be defined as 1 credit hour for undergraduates in their final semester) and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and continue as Jewish Studies students during the funding period. Recipients are expected to enroll in at least one Jewish Studies course per semester during the funding period.

Students may use scholarship funding toward study abroad programs that allow them to continue normal academic progress toward graduation or to pursue full-time, unpaid Jewish Studies-related internships away from the Indiana University Bloomington campus in the fall or spring when registered for ASCS-X 373.

Note that scholarships are awarded through credit on fall 2017 and spring 2018 Indiana University bursar’s bills (divided equally between the two semesters).

SELECTION CRITERIA: Candidates will be considered on the basis of a combination of academic and personal achievement, and financial need, if applicable. Preference will be given to applicants with records of both financial need and academic/personal achievement. In cases where all is equal, majors will receive priority over certificate, minor, and Hebrew minor students.

*Sara and Albert Reuben Scholarships - Two scholarships, one up to $3,000 and another up to $10,000, to support the study of the Holocaust. Students must submit a one page proposal setting forth how funding will further their study of the Holocaust with a budget. During the 2017-18 academic year, the scholarships may support funding to attend Holocaust-related conferences, to do research in archives, to subsidize a Holocaust-related internship, to engage in research to support honors theses, and other academic initiatives related to the Holocaust. They can only be awarded in fall and/or spring when the recipient is a full-time student. Awards will not be based on financial need.

*Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Administrative Internship in Jewish Studies - This intern will serve a professional apprenticeship with Dr. Carolyn Lipson-Walker, Assistant Director, and other Jewish Studies Program staff, to assist with recruiting students, alumni relations, career support for current students, various clerical duties, data entry, mailings, and miscellaneous projects. Students applying for the administrative internship must plan to be in residence at Indiana University Bloomington for both the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. The work week will average 10-12 hours per week during the 2017-2018 academic year (with maximum wages of $3,000). Jewish Studies students interested in a career in communal service are encouraged to apply. Excellent career experience. Non-resident aliens need appropriate work authorization.


  • An application form which includes a one page statement explaining the significance of the study of Judaism in your academic and/or professional goals.
  • Recommendations from two IU faculty. It is preferable that at least one reference be written by a Jewish Studies faculty member/Hebrew lecturer. Faculty members will write better letters of recommendation for you and will appreciate your thoughtfulness concerning their many commitments if you ask them to write letters and provide them with recommendation forms and your resume at least 6 weeks (Friday, January 20) prior to the application deadline of Friday, March 3, 2017
  • If applying for the administrative internship, fill out section V of application.
  • If applying for the Reuben Scholarship, a one-page proposal setting forth how funding will further your study of the Holocaust, along with a budget.
  • If applying based on financial need, please submit your current financial aid shopping sheet.

Hand deliver, FAX, email, or mail your completed application and all documents as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, March 3, 2017 to: Borns Jewish Studies Program, Indiana University, Global & International Studies Building, 355 N. Jordan Avenue, Room 4023, Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1105; Phone (812) 855-0453; FAX (812) 855-4314;

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SCHOLARSHIPS: Recipients will be notified in late March-early April, 2017, and will be recognized at the annual Jewish Studies Student-Faculty dinner on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.