The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies invites proposals from individuals or institutions wishing to direct an Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies in 2016–2017 or 2017-2018.

The Centre will host up to two Seminars in Oxford in each of the academic years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. In each academic year individual seminars will be convened either from mid October to mid March or from mid January to mid June.

Each group will convene in weekly seminars through the duration of two Oxford terms, which in 2016- 2017 will be from 9 October to 3 December, 15 January to 11 March, and 23 April to 17 June. In 2017-2018 the terms will run from 8 October to 2 December, 14 January to 10 March, and 22 April to 16 June. These meetings will offer a forum for the Fellows to address central research topics related to the overall theme of the project. One or more publications will be expected as a product of each Seminar.

Each Seminar will be based on a core of visiting fellows, who will participate in the work of the research group for the full six months in conjunction with a larger number of fellows who will attend for shorter periods. Each Seminar can expect funding for up to the equivalent of seven fellows in residence for six months.

Visiting Fellows will receive a stipend, including a sum to cover accommodation and travelling expenses. Visiting Fellows are provided with shared office space in the Clarendon Institute Building in the centre of Oxford, where the Leopold Muller Library is housed and where most of the Centre’s academic staff have their offices.

Proposals are invited for research groups in any area of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Preference will be given to projects with a clear research rationale which involve use of any special resources available in Oxford.

Proposals, in not more than two pages, should include the following information:

  1. Title of Seminar
  2. Seminar leaders
  3. Description of subject
  4. Methods to be used to ensure best value from collaborative research
  5. Possibilities for innovation through the research project
  6. Reasons why Oxford is particularly appropriate as the venue for the seminar
  7. Value of the Seminar for the development of Jewish Studies as an academic subject
  8. Some suggestions of scholars who might fruitfully be invited to participate in such a project

Please attach a brief curriculum vitae of each Seminar leader.

The Centre will inform applicants in early February 2015 which proposals have been selected for further consideration and may request further information from proposers before the final decision in mid March 2015.

Please send your proposal to the Registrar, Martine Smith-Huvers, at by 16 January 2015.

Closing date for applications: 16 January 2015

For information on previous Seminars held at the Centre see activities/previous-research-projects-osajs/, and on the Seminars held in 2013-2014 and to be held in 2014-2015, see: studies-in-2013/