Fellowships and Study opportunities 2017

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Tel Aviv University Scholarship Opportunities


POSTDOCS: 2, at the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology

Application deadline: March 2, 2017.
Fellowship Beginning: October 1, 2017
Institution: Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology
Location: Tel Aviv University
Duration: one academic year
Salary: The appointment carries an NIS 85,000 (= approximately $24,000) stipend and teaching salary for each candidate
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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity Project PLURITEXT (ANR/DFG)

Application deadline: March 15, 2017
Institution: The Maison des Sciences de l’Homme at the University of Lorraine
Location: Metz
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The Maison des Sciences de l’Homme at the University of Lorraine (Metz) offers 18 months Postdoctoral Fellowship (with the possibility of a six-month extension) attached to the ANR-DFG Project PLURITEXT. The position will run September 1, 2017-february 28, 2019. Applicants must have completed their doctoral dissertations by September 1, 2018 on a topic related to the literature or thought of ancient Judaism and have a good knowledge of ancient Greek and Hebrew.
The successful candidate will receive a fellowhsip of circa 2 050 Euros net per month and will spend the 2017-2019 academic years at the University of Lorraine (Metz). The Postdoc is expected to conduct independent research related to the project PLURITEXT in her/his area of expertise. She/he is also expected to take an active role in the ANR-DFG Project PLURITEXT. She/he will be especially involved in the edition of Hebrew Text of Ben Sira in collaboration with Jan Joosten, Eric Reymond and Jean-Sebastien Rey.
Applications must include : (1) a cover letter ; (2) a curriculum vitae ; (3) a research statement detailing the work that the associate wishes to pursue at the University of Lorraine ; (4) writing samples.
These materials should be emailed to Jean-Sebastien Rey, at mailto: by March 15, 2017 – response will be given April 3, 2017.

The project PLURITEXT intends to conduct an in-depth methodological and hermeneutical reflection on the question of textual plurality in ancient Jewish and Samaritan Literature in Hebrew, Greek and Samaritan.
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, in the middle of the 20th century, and of the Cairo Genizah, at the end of the 19th century, have shed new light on the question of divergent textual forms, not only for the texts that constitute the Hebrew Bible, but also for cognate ancient Jewish literature. They have proved that crucial divergences exist between textual witnesses of the Hebrew Bible. 19th century scholars addressed this problem using the concept of an alleged Urtext, but this response is no longer satisfactory, and the question “What is the Bible?” needs to be raised again, in the light of this fresh evidence. New models are required to accommodate textual plurality. Against the background of this research-desideratum, the present project aims at the creation and testing of scientific paradigms, which will encompass and conceptualize the phenomenon of irreducible textual plurality.
This concept of textual plurality must be understood broadly. The recognition of divergent textual traditions has numerous theological, legal, political, social and cultural implications. The analyzed material would include: (1) divergent textual witnesses from the same linguistic tradition; (2) the phenomenon of translation and the cultural transfers it entails; (3) semantic and conceptual transformation during transition from one language to another, from one socio-cultural identity to another; (4) examination of textual variants between the different witnesses, but also comparison with rabbinical and patristic traditions; (5) in-depth study of scribal practices, at the codicological level: paratextual elements, corrections, marginal notes as witnesses of an hermeneutical process in textual transmission. Obviously, the transfer of the text is closely linked to its transformation, under the influence of scribes, translators and commentators.
In addition to its clearly scientifically-oriented goal, this project aims at having a noteworthy socio-cultural impact: (1) it shows that the founding texts of Judaism and Christianity were polymorphous from the start, which raises the question of their edition; (2) the diagnosis of textual plurality as an essential concept sheds new light on claims of religious communities that these texts are normative in terms of legislative and cultural concepts, worship and identity; (3) it therefore deprives religious fundamentalism of its foundation, based on the concept of a monolithic text.

Call for Applications for DAHLEM POSTDOC FELLOWSHIPS 2017

Application deadline: March 15, 2017
Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 14 months
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SCHOLARSHIPS: MA at Tel Aviv University

Application deadline: April 1, 2017
Institution: Ancient Near Eastern Cultures of Tel Aviv University
Salary: scholarships of NIS 12,000
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The Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures of Tel Aviv University is offering scholarships of NIS 12,000 to each of two students with proven academic excellence in completing their MA thesis.
The scholarship is open to all students who fulfilled their MA requirements at all institutions by the beginning of May 2013, and who have decided to continue their studies for a Ph.D. at Tel Aviv University Department of Archaeology.
This scholarship is relevant only to applicants whose thesis received a grade of 94 or above.
Applicants interested in applying for the scholarship are requested to send the following documents to the secretary of the Department of Archaeology, Nadin Reshef mailto: by April 1, 2017.
Responses will be sent to applicants within a month after that date. Please send the following documents in PDF format as a single document: • Authentication of completion of MA and of thesis grade • Summary of thesis (up to one page); place grade given at the top of page. • Letter of recommendation from MA thesis supervisor (up to one page)

Doctoral Position in Hebrew Bible / Old Testament 50%

Application deadline: April 1, 2017
Position Beginning: August 1, 2017
Institution: The Faculty of Theology at the University of Basel
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Duration: The position is initially limited to one year but will be extended for three additional years after positive evaluation.
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Bible, Comparative religions, or ANE languages & cultures

Application deadline: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Fellowship Beginning: January 1, 2018
Institution: University of Cambridge
Location: Cambridge, UK
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Application deadline: May 1, 2017
Institution: Universitat Salzburg
Location: Summer School in Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 3-7 July 2017
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Application deadline: May 1, 2017
SUMMER SCHOOL: September 10-15, 2017
Location: Cote d'Azur
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FELLOWSHIPS: "Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures" (Hamburg)

Application deadline: May 31st, 2017
Fellowship Beginning: October 1st 2017
Institution: The Graduate School of the “Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures” (CSMC, Integriertes Graduiertenkolleg im Sonderforschungsbereich 950 "Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa") at the University of Hamburg
Location: Hamburg, Germany
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The Graduate School of the "Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures" (CSMC, Integriertes Graduiertenkolleg im Sonderforschungsbereich 950 "Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa") at the University of Hamburg invites applications for Ph.D. scholarships 2+1 year scholarships of € 1.200 per month (tax free) starting October 1st 2017.
The CSMC is a unique research centre for the historical and comparative study of manuscript cultures in Asia, Africa, and Europe building on decades of manuscript studies at the University of Hamburg. It was established with a generous grant from the German Research Association (DFG) in order to develop a comprehensive approach to manuscript cultures including disciplines such as philology, palaeography, codicology, art history, and material analysis.
Communication in the international research community of the Centre is conducted in English, Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) dissertations should be written in English or German.
We are looking for highly qualified and highly motivated Ph.D. students with an M.A. or equivalent degree in all disciplines studying manuscript cultures regardless of region.
Applications with a research proposal compatible with the programme of the Centre’s objectives, CV and copies of B.A., M.A. or other relevant certificates must be sent as ONE pdf document to the Director of the Graduate School before May 31st, 2017:


Call for Applications

Application deadline: June 4, 2017
Fellowship Beginning: September 1, 2017
Institution: The Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt
Location: Erfurt, Germany
Duration: two years and seven months
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The Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt announces the creation of one PostDoc-position in the context of the Research Centre "Dynamics of Jewish Ritual Practices in Pluralistic Contexts from Antiquity to the Present" which can be filled by September 1, 2017 and is limited to two years and seven months.
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Perilman Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Application deadline: January 15, 2017
Institution: The Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University
Salary: The Fellowship provides a stipend of $47,500 per year,
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