Funding Opportunities

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New Fellowship: Thoma Fellowship in Spanish Colonial Art



The Marilynn Thoma Fellowship is the only unrestricted research funding in the United States devoted exclusively to the field of Spanish Colonial art. Each year from May 1 to October 15, pre- and post-doctoral scholars from across the world are invited to apply for research support in the amounts of $45,000 and $60,000, respectively. Recipients are selected by an international jury of three undisclosed experts in the field and notified in mid-December, with travel commencing within 18 months following notification. Selected scholars design their research projects independently, using funding in any reasonable way to accomplish their goals.

Fellowships range in duration from one to two years, and eventuate in major measurable outcomes, including museum exhibitions, dissertations, book publications, scholarly essays, and lecture series. While proposals are accepted from all of Spanish colonial Latin America and the Caribbean, the Foundation gives strong preference to projects that contribute to the history of painting and sculpture in colonial South America.

The PDF at left provides further information about the Fellowship.

To apply, please complete the application via Slideroom.



Congruent with the Marilynn Thoma Fellowship, applications for the Thoma Foundation Research and Travel Awards in Spanish Colonial art are open from May 1 to October 15 of every year. Awards of up to $15,000 are available to scholars, curators and advanced graduate students completing an MA or PhD dissertation to help defray the costs of research-related expenses. Funding is provided each year to several scholars selected by an international jury of undisclosed experts in the field, with travel commencing within one year + one month from the date of notification. The Awards support research projects ranging in duration from 1 week to 3 months.

The PDF at left provides further information about the Awards.

To apply, please complete the application via Slideroom.


Please contact if you have questions.


Elka Klein Memorial Travel Grant, 2017

Dr. Elka Klein Memorial Travel Grant

A cash grant of $1500 will be awarded in memory of Dr. Elka Klein to a doctoral candidate preparing to spend a month or more abroad conducting historical research towards his/her dissertation.

The grant recipient will be selected by a panel of scholars based on the relevance and potential contribution of the proposed work to the fields and concerns important to Dr. Klein, such as Sephardic culture, medieval history, gender studies, and Jewish studies.


Applicants for the grant are asked to submit the following information by e-­‐mail to the address below:

  • A c.v.
  • A copy of the applicant’s dissertation proposal
  • A description of the specific research to be undertaken abroad
  • A working budget, including what other funds have already been secured
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s dissertation supervisor, addressing the applicant’s qualifications and the significance of the research s/he will be undertaking. Letters of recommendation should be printed on official stationary and scanned.



Deadline: April 7, 2017



To submit an application, or for more information, please contact Dr. Gail Labovitz,






The selected applicant will be expected to acknowledge the grant in the dissertation and in any subsequent publications that result from the research subsidized by the grant. We thank the Association for Jewish Studies for their help in fund-­‐raising and administration to make this grant possible.


Dr. Elka Klein (1965-­‐2005) was passionate about her vocation as a historian and a teacher. Her untimely death in the spring of 2005 was a great loss to all who knew her, whether personally or professionally. In her memory, her friends and academic colleagues in the fields of History and Jewish Studies have created this memorial to honor her dedication to and her achievements in her academic life.




Works by Dr. Elka Klein:


Jews, Christian Society and Royal Power in Medieval Barcelona (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006)


Hebrew Deeds of Catalan Jews 1117-­‐1316 (Barcelona, Girona: Societat Catalana d’Estudis Hebraics, 2004)


“Splitting heirs: patterns of inheritance among Barcelona’s Jews,” Jewish History 16,1 (2002), 49-­‐71


“The widow’s portion: law, custom and marital property among medieval Catalan Jews,”

Viator 31 (2000), 147-­‐163


“Protecting the widow and the orphan: a case study from 13th century Barcelona,”

Mosaic 14 (1993), 65-­‐81








If you would like to contribute to the Dr. Elka Klein Memorial Travel Grant, so that we can continue to offer grants in future years, please send your donation to:


The Association for Jewish Studies Center for Jewish History

15 W. 16th Street

New York, NY 10011-­‐6301


Checks should be made out to the Association for Jewish Studies, with the words “Elka Klein memorial” in the memo line (if you do not put this somewhere on the check, it will not go to the right account!)

John Carter Library Fellowship: Marvellous in the New World – deadline Dec 15, 2013

The Marvelous Element in the New World, 1492-1800
Starting in the 2014-2015 academic year, the John Carter Brown Library (JCB) and the Grupo de Investigación de Siglo de Oro (GRISO) will co-sponsor two residential research fellowships a year at the JCB on the theme of the marvelous in the New World. The fellowships will each be for two months, and at theconclusion of the program in 2017, the two institutions will co-host an international
conference on the same theme in Providence, Rhode Island.

One of the most interesting aspects of the encounter between Europe and the New World was the perception of marvelous things, facts and living creatures in the New World. This started with Columbus himself, who in his first voyage thought he had a glimpse of the sirens and even suspected he could be near Paradise. Lacking anyreferences from biblical or classical sources about the newly discovered lands, Europeans projected old Greco-Roman and local myths and legends into their perceptions of both the human and the physical environment. Frequently they let their imagination reign free by “seeing” things and creatures they wished to find, whethercities made out of gold, lands populated by giants and amazons, or lost continents.

The purpose of this project is to assemble a group of scholars who will advance our knowledge of the topic by analyzing literary, historical, cartographic and artistic production about the early Americas.

Funding for one of the fellowships each year will come from the JCB’s Jose Amor y Vázquez Fellowship Fund.

Awardees will be expected to produce a scholarly article related to their research at the JCB within one year of the conclusion of their fellowship. They will also be invited to particpate in the 2017 conference at the JCB. The stipend for 2014-2015 will be $2100/month. The deadline is December 15, 2013.

For more information and applications for 2014-2015:


Gulbenkian Funding Available

Dear Friends,
If you or your students are interested in working in the Portuguese archives, there are some scholarships open until the 5th April. For more information:
If you need an host institution, CIDEHUS, a research center specialized in differents topic about the Societies and Cultures of the South, maybe can welcome your stay
Best regards,
Fernanda Olival
This from the Boletín de la Fundación Española de Historia Moderna.