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Fellowships and Study opportunities 2017

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March 2018

Two Post-Doc Positions at the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology

Application deadline: March 1
Fellowship Beginning: October 1, 2018
Institution: Tel Aviv University

Two Post-Doc Positions at the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, in fields of Archaeology, Ancient Israel Studies, and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures
The Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, will appoint two post-doctoral scholars for the academic year 2018-2019 in the fields of Archaeology, Ancient Israel Studies, or Ancient Near Eastern Cultures.
The highly competitive fellowships are offered to researchers across many disciplines, and will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence.
Applicants should have received their Ph.D. in a relevant field within the last three years from an institution other than Tel Aviv University. While appropriate training in archaeology, biblical studies, ancient Near Eastern cultures and/or biblical history is required, the nature of an applicant's specific research interests and areas of expertise is open.
Successful candidates are expected to make substantive contributions to the ongoing development of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology by organizing a colloquium on a subject to be decided at the beginning of the academic year that will stimulate an intellectual environment in which research and new interdisciplinary connections are pursued and developed.
In addition to engaging in their own research, the successful candidates will be expected to teach one two-hour graduate level seminar during one of the two semesters (interdisciplinary offerings are desirable).
The fellowship period will begin October 1, 2018, and is for a period of one academic year. The appointment carries an NIS 85,000 (= to approximately $24,000) stipend and teaching salary for each candidate.
Applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, a CV, a copy of Ph.D. diploma, a detailed statement of current research interests (up to 2000 words), and three letters of reference (to be submitted directly by the recommenders). In addition, post-doctoral fellows must state if they are applying for other sources of funding for the fellowship period.
The scientific committee includes Prof. Oded Lipschits, Prof. Ran Barkai, Prof. Yoram Cohen, Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef, Dr. Dafna Langgut, Dr. Yuval Gadot and Dr. Guy Stiebel.

January 2018

Ph.D. scholarships

Application deadline: 31 January 2018
Fellowship Beginning: starting 1 April 2018
Institution: Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures”
Location: University of Hamburg
Duration: 1+2 year scholarships
Salary: € 1.200 per month (tax free)
More Information: https://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/cal-details/GradSchool_Scholarships_2018.pdf


PhD program in Biblical Interpretation (BIIN)

Application deadline: January 15, 2018
Institution: Divinity School at Texas Christian University
Location: Texas
More Information: https://brite.edu/academics/degrees/doctor-of-philosophy-2/

Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University is accepting applications for the PhD program in Biblical Interpretation (BIIN) beginning in the fall of 2018.
Brite Divinity School’s doctoral program in Biblical Interpretation combines opportunities for students to develop capacities for innovative scholarship through a focus on either Hebrew Bible or New Testament alongside preparation in research methodologies in both Testaments. Mentored by leading scholars Warren Carter (NT), Ariel Feldman (Jewish Studies), Wil Gafney (HB), Francisco Lozada (NT), Shelly Matthews (NT), and Timothy Sandoval (HB), students engage a variety of critical approaches to the Bible and other literature in the biblical tradition within the context of a theologically progressive institution committed to justice and diversity in its many forms.

Biblical studies (Boston College)

Application deadline: January 2, 2018
Institution: The Theology Department of Boston College
Location: Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
More Information: http://www.bc.edu/schools/cas/theology/graduate.html


The Theology Department of Boston College, located in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, invites applications from outstanding students interested in pursuing a doctorate in Biblical Studies beginning in the fall of 2018.
Accepted students will have the opportunity to work with the department’s faculty in New Testament, Hebrew Bible, and Dead Sea Scrolls: Pheme Perkins (NT, Joseph Chair in Catholic Spituality), John Darr (NT), Yonder Gillihan (NT, DSS), David Vanderhooft (HB), and Jeffrey Cooley (HB).
Our program entails both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament (with an emphasis on one or the other), and students can expect rigorous engagement with Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek languages and texts from a historical-critical perspective. Members of the Biblical Studies faculty represent diverse confessional traditions, and since we are embedded in a theology department that is Jesuit and Catholic in its scope, students have the opportunity to interact with other fields of theological inquiry (Systematics, Ethics, Historical Theology, and Comparative Theology).
Students also have the opportunity to work with faculty at nearby institutions, especially Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, including Thomas Stegman, SJ (NT), Christopher Matthews (NT), Angela Kim Harkins (NT, DSS), Christopher Stroup (NT), Richard Clifford, SJ (HB), Michael Simone, SJ (HB), and Andrew Davis (HB). Moreover, BC’s PhD candidates are able to take advantage of Boston’s vibrant academic environment by enrolling in courses at schools participating in the Boston Theological Institute and the Boston Area Graduate Consortium (e.g., Harvard Divinity School, Brandeis University, Boston University, see http://www.bostontheological.org/).
All of our students are fully funded with tuition and stipends for five years and are able to hone their pedagogical skills with teaching assistantships and fellowships, as well as participating in the Apprenticeship in College Teaching program at Boston College’s Center for Teaching Excellence http://www.bc.edu/offices/cte/programs-and-events/apprenticeship-in-college-teaching.html(). Students whose focus is in Hebrew Bible or Second Temple Judaism are also eligible to apply for a competitive bonus stipend in the amount of $4000 per anum.
Boston College is an R1 university in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition located in the economically robust and culturally rich greater Boston area. For more information about the Theology Department and our program, please visit http://www.bc.edu/schools/cas/theology/graduate.html. Potential students are encouraged to meet with one of our faculty members and current students at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston (November 18-21). The deadline for admission in the fall of 2018 is January 2.

December

PhD in Hebrew Bible at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill

Application deadline: December 7, 2017
Fellowship Beginning: academic year 2018-2019
Location: North Carolina
More Information: https://graduateprograminreligion.duke.edu/.
E-mail Submission: dalambe@email.unc.edu

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University are coordinating their extensive resources to develop what promises to be an exceptional opportunity for doctoral study in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. UNC-Chapel Hill, through the Department of Religious Studies, and Duke, through the Graduate Program in Religion, are each accepting applications from qualified students for competitive fellowships to begin the academic year 2018-2019. The deadline to apply to UNC is December 12, 2017; the deadline for Duke is December 7, 2017.

Located in North Carolina’s culturally rich and affordable Research Triangle, the programs involve close cooperation between Joseph Lam, David Lambert, and Jodi Magness of the Department of Religious Studies at UNC; Marc Brettler, Laura Lieber, and Melvin Peters of the Department of Religious Studies at Duke; and Stephen Chapman, Ellen Davis, Jennie Grillo, and Anathea Portier-Young of the Duke Divinity School.

While each program has certain distinctive emphases, they share a commitment to reading texts in original languages and to exegesis. As part of obtaining broad training in the field, students are encouraged to engage both the ancient Near Eastern context of the Bible and its subsequent history of interpretation from late Second Temple Judaism forward, with a focus on robust conversation across traditions. Together these programs offer students the unique opportunity to study Hebrew Bible/Old Testament within the framework of top-ranked departments of Religious Studies, receiving training in and employing contemporary theories of religion. Both programs are known for their exceptional pedagogical training and have enjoyed excellent placement records. Students benefit from UNC and Duke’s extensive resources in other areas of ancient Judaism, as well as early Christianity.

For more information, students are urged to contact David Lambert dalambe@email.unc.edu and Marc Brettler (MZB3@Duke.edu). More information is also available at UNC’s departmental website, https://graduateprograminreligion.duke.edu/..

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Tel Aviv University Scholarship Opportunities


March

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
More Information: http://nelc.fas.harvard.edu/files/nelcnew/files/postdocs_archaeology_at_tel_aviv_university_march_2.pdf
E-mail Submission: lipschit@post.tau.ac.il

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
E-mail Submission: jean-sebastien.rey@univ-lorraine.fr
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: jean-sebastien.rey@univ-lorraine.fr 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
Institution: DAHLEM RESEARCH SCHOOL
Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 14 months
More Information: http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/promovieren/drs/drs_fellowships/DAHLEM-POSTDOC-FELLOWSHIPS_call2017/index.html
E-mail Submission: fellowship-drs@fu-berlin.de.

April

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
E-mail Submission: nadinres@tauex.tau.ac.il
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: nadinres@tauex.tau.ac.il 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.
More Information: http://direktlink.prospective.ch/?view=a10b8921-4ddd-4a92-a770-9e73aa54e434
E-mail Submission: sonja.ammann@unibas.ch

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
More Information: https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/news/sa-cook-research-byefellowship
E-mail Submission: masters.secretary@cai.cam.ac.uk

May

ON BIBLICAL MANUSCRIPTS AND THEIR USE IN BIBLICAL STUDIES

Application deadline: May 1, 2017
Institution: Universitat Salzburg
Location: Summer School in Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 3-7 July 2017
More Information: https://www.uni-salzburg.at/fileadmin/multimedia/Bibelwissenschaft%20und%20Kirchengeschichte/Bibelwissenschaft/Summer_School_Salzburg_2017_flyer.pdf


SUMMER SCHOOL MANUSCIENCES '17 FRENCH GERMAN SUMMER SCHOOL

Application deadline: May 1, 2017
SUMMER SCHOOL: September 10-15, 2017
Location: Cote d'Azur
More Information: https://www.bam.de/Content/EN/Events/2017/1115-manusciences-17-summer-school.html

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
More Information: http://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/


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. http://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/
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:

June

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
More Information: https://www.uni-erfurt.de/fileadmin/public-docs/Universitaet/Verwaltung/Personalabteilung/2017/24-2017_WiMa_PostDoc_MWK_englisch.pdf
E-mail Submission: benedikt.kranemann@uni-erfurt.de
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.
Past Events

January

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,
More Information: https://jewishstudies.duke.edu/post-doctoral-fellowship
E-mail Submission: serena.elliott@duke.edu