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Jewish Studies & Roy Ans Fellowship

In 2011, the College’s Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture launched the Program in Jewish Thought, a co-curricular offering that encourages students to examine the connections and parallels between Jewish ways of thinking and world philosophy in general. The program supports the study of Jewish intellectual history and theology through partnerships with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, St. John’s College in Annapolis, and Princeton University. The program also funds a lecture series that brings noted scholars to campus.

Roy Ans Fellowship

  • The Roy Ans Fellowship in Jewish-American Studies offers a $2,500 stipend for a sophomore or junior completing a research project related to the Jewish-American experience in any area of study offered by Washington College.

    The fellowship also provides a $1,500 stipend to the faculty supervisor of the project. This fellowship is open to students of all religious backgrounds and beliefs. The fellowship is administered by the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture and is made possible by the generous support of Roy P. ’63 and Nan Susan Ans.  

    Students receiving this grant may register for an independent study course to receive academic credit, or use the opportunity for research that will lead to a senior capstone project. Students who successfully complete an Ans Fellowship by the end of the summer after the junior year and choose to develop the fellowship project into a Senior Capstone may apply for an additional $1000 grant for senior year in support of that activity. The recipient of the fellowship will present his or her research publicly during the Fall semester of the year following the approval of the project.

    Applications should be turned in by email to Director Joseph Prud’homme at jprudhomme2@washcoll.edu.

    Applications are due December 1 of each year.

    Application Guidelines:

    1. A brief proposal (2-3 pages) describing a research project you would like to pursue in an area of Jewish-American studies (ranging from history, politics, and sociology to art, literature, music, and beyond). You should briefly describe:
      • why you are interested in your chosen topic
      • what questions you hope to answer
      • what type of research you plan to conduct
    2. A proposed budget. Note: You are allowed to use the fellowship money to replace income you would otherwise earn from a part-time job during the semester or a summer job. Other uses of the money might include books, travel expenses for research trips, or on-campus summer housing to conduct research.
    3. The name of a faculty member who would help to guide your project. You should plan to meet with your mentor once every week or two. Your application must be signed by the proposed faculty supervisor.

Past Ans Fellowship Recipients


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