Fuerstenberg Fellowship

Deadline: Monday, April 17, 2017 at 5 p.m. CT

About the Award

The Edith Fuerstenberg, Naomi Fuerstenberg, and Simon Fuerstenberg Fellowships are awarded to University of Chicago students in all fields of study who also have pursued, are pursuing, or have expressed an intention to pursue Jewish theological seminary training. The fellowship may also be awarded to students with financial need. While students in all fields are encouraged to apply, priority will be given to those pursuing Jewish Studies, broadly defined. Three fellowships—of $12,500 each—will be made annually to defray research and living expenses during the award period (July 1-June 30).


  1. Must be pursuing a full-time degree at the University of Chicago in one of the graduate academic divisions (Biological Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences), professional schools (Booth, Divinity School, Harris School, Law, Pritzker, Social Services Administration), or the College.
  2. Students of any citizenship may apply.
  3. Students who have previously received a Fuerstenberg Fellowship may re-apply in subsequent competitions but renewed funding is not guaranteed.

Application Process

By April 17, applicants must submit the following materials to Jessica Smith, Director of Fellowships in UChicagoGRAD, via e-mail (jessicasmith@uchicago.edu). Selection decisions will be announced by June 1.

  1. Fuerstenberg Fellowship Application and Financial Summary Form;
  2. One-page statement (500 words or less) that describes the applicant's research interests and how the Fuerstenberg Fellowship will assist in reaching academic goals;
  3. Official University of Chicago transcript listing courses and grades (Note: student can request that e-transcripts be sent to Jessica Smith at jessicasmith@uchicago.edu);
  4. Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant's advisor (Note: recommenders can send letters to Jessica Smith at jessicasmith@uchicago.edu).