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AJS Women’s Caucus Awards

The Women’s Caucus of the Association for Jewish Studies is pleased to invite applications for the following awards:

AJS Women's Caucus Travel Grant

Applications due September 15

The AJS Women’s Caucus awards travel grants to graduate students and independent scholars whose papers both contribute to the study of women, feminism, and gender in Jewish Studies and have been accepted for presentation at the 2019 Conference. Graduate students in all areas of Jewish Studies who have not previously received a Women’s Caucus Travel Grant are encouraged to apply. The travel grants can be applied towards any conference-related costs (hotel, conference registration, childcare costs, etc.). The application consists of: 1) the AJS Conference abstract/paper proposal, 2) a paragraph explicitly stating how the paper broadens the current understanding of Jews and gender, 3) a copy of the email acceptance from the AJS, 4) a CV, and 5) a proposed budget that includes other potential sources of financial support.

Application documents should be electronically submitted as email attachments to womenscaucus@associationforjewishstudies.org. The Travel Grant Committee will notify applicants prior to the conference. Winners will also be announced at the Women's Caucus Breakfast and should therefore plan to attend.

AJS Women's Caucus Award for Mentorship

Applications due November 15

Knowing that we did not advance professionally without standing on the shoulders of giants who offered us a ladder up, the Women’s Caucus is introducing a new award. This award recognizes outstanding service in the profession through mentorship of women scholars in Jewish Studies. Please submit a 1-2 page letter nominating a mentor who has made a significant contribution to the professional success of women in Jewish Studies.

Nomination documents should be electronically submitted as email attachments to womenscaucus@associationforjewishstudies.org. The Award for Mentorship Committee will notify the winners prior to the conference and they will be honored at the Women’s Caucus breakfast.

Cashmere Subvention Award in Jewish Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

2019 Application Process Closed

The AJS Women’s Caucus announces a grant of $1,000 to support scholarly publication in the area of Jewish Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Book proposals to be considered for the grant must make a clear argument for the ways in which the work represents a contribution to any of these fields and a subfield of Jewish Studies. Grant is open to scholars at all stages of their careers. While a contract for publication is not required at the time of application, funds can only be disbursed once a contract with a publisher is executed. In the hope that the subvention grant might help a scholar to secure a contract, the expectation is that the contract will be in hand within 12 months of receiving the award.

To apply, send ONE file (PDF or DOC) which includes a 2-5 page CV, 5-6 page book proposal with current state of project, and a 2 page select bibliography to womenscaucus@associationforjewishstudies.org by April 15, 2019.

AJS Women’s Caucus Prize for Innovative Scholarship in Gender and Jewish Studies

2019 Application Process Closed

What is the next step for Jewish feminist and gender studies? In what ways can recent theoretical trends in feminist, gender, queer, and trans-theory impact the various disciplines within Jewish studies? In recognition of the importance of these questions, the AJS Women's Caucus invites submissions for its Prize for Innovative Scholarship in Gender and Jewish Studies. The prize will be given in recognition of a paper presented at the last AJS annual meeting within any discipline of Jewish studies that opens up new areas of inquiry or advances Jewish feminist or gender studies. The prize carries a cash award of $500. To be considered, papers must have been prepared especially for presentation at the last AJS annual meeting.


If you would like to support these awards, we hope that you will consider doing so by making a donation to the AJS Women’s Caucus with a tag line specifying the fund your donation will assist.

Please note that all applicants are expected to be members of the Women’s Caucus in good standing. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at womenscaucus@associationforjewishstudies.org.

Rachel S. Harris and Helene J. Sinnreich
Co-Chairs, AJS Women’s Caucus