The Simon and Riva Spatz Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies is intended to bring distinguished scholars from around the globe to share their expertise and perspectives with students and faculty at Dalhousie University and members of the broader Halifax community. The Chair maintains a focus on contemporary topics, but is otherwise broadly inclusive of scholars from a wide variety of arts, humanities, and social science backgrounds. We welcome applications from scholars engaged in teaching and research related to, among other interdisciplinary themes, multiculturalism and diversity, Jewish literatures and cultures, Jewish diasporic studies, holocaust studies, ethnicity and ethnic rivalry, memory and heritage, migration studies, comparative internationalism, contemporary Middle Eastern politics, international relations, and global studies.

The Simon and Riva Spatz Visiting Chair fund provides grants of $50,000 CAD per academic year (or $25,000 per term) to invite a professor to Dalhousie for teaching and research in the area of Jewish Studies. Up to $10,000 of travel and research expenses will also be reimbursed for year-long visiting chairs (or $5000 per term).

Normally, the visiting chair joins the Dalhousie community for a full academic year, teaching one course and giving one public talk in each of the two terms.

Visitors might be of any academic rank. Interested parties are asked to secure a letter of sponsorship from the chair or coordinator of the academic unit with which they want to have their primary affiliation during their stay and to provide additional attachments as noted below.

See the detailed brochure here.


– a cover letter

– a summary of research, teaching and outreach plans while at Dalhousie – five pages

– a letter from a Dalhousie sponsor

– three academic references – References should be from established scholars who are qualified to provide detailed comments on your research, scholarship and the merits of your project in relation to the mandate of the Simon and Riva Spatz Visiting Chair.  Applicants are responsible for ensuring the letters reach the committee by the deadline.

Please send complete applications in hard copy or in PDF format to Dean’s Office,

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2, or

Deadline: November 25 (if this date falls on a weekend, deadline will be the first Monday thereafter).

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