Student Awards

Gendell Family and Shiner Family Fund

Awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student completing a dissertation in the field of Jewish Studies and/or Holocaust Genocide and Memory Studies. Made possible by the generosity of the Gendell and Shiner families, the full fellowship also comes with a tuition waiver. Preference will be given to students who have not received funding from the Gendell-Shiner or other sources that have supported one or more semesters of dissertation level research (i.e. tuition waiver and 50%+ fellowship, or equivalent). 

Hebrew Award

Awarded on an ad hoc basis to the outstanding Hebrew language student in the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. Nominations are made by the faculty.

Karasik Scholarship for Study Abroad

This scholarship is open to all graduate students in Jewish Studies and Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies who plan to conduct research abroad or study language abroad. Preference will be given to students who have not yet received a full award from PJCS/HGMS. The award offers three thousand dollars in support.

Okla Elliott Travel Scholarship

To honor former Comparative Literature and Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies PhD student, Okla Elliott, who passed away unexpectedly in 2017. After graduating from UIUC, Okla went on to become an Assistant Professor at Misericordia University. After he died, another Comparative Literature Ph.D., Anya Hamrick (now an Assistant Professor at NYIT-Nanjing), began a GoFundMe campaign in order to provide travel funds for graduate students to go to HGMS related conferences or to conduct HGMS relevant research. 

Ronald Filler Scholarship

Awarded twice annually to outstanding advanced undergraduate students in the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. Made possible by the generosity of Ronald Filler, the scholarship comes with a cash prize. Nominations are made by the faculty. One winner is named in the fall and one in the spring. 

Travel and Research Stipends

A limited number of travel and research stipends are awarded to graduate students affiliated with the Program in Jewish Culture and Society on an ad-hoc basis. The stipends are in amounts up to $400 and come with the expectation of regular participation in the Program's events.