Fellows Program - application process
Applications are now closed for the 2013 - 2014 academic year. The deadline for receipt of Tikvah Fellowship Program applications and application materials was January 18th, 2013. For information on Academic Year 2014-2015 applications, please check back in Fall 2013.
Please Note--The Tikvah Center addresses two different populations: Fellows and Scholars. Fellows are established academics with tenure and tenure-track positions; while Scholars are J.D. students, Doctoral students, and recent Doctoral graduates with a Ph.D. You may not apply to both programs concurrently, and it is up to the Center's discretion to consider an application for a category other than the one that was applied to. Applicants will be informed about such information if appropriate.
The Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization at NYU School of Law will be awarding up to 10 Fellowships in the Academic Year 2013-2014. Two categories of Fellows are envisaged – Thematic and “At-Large.” Thematic Fellows (4-6 envisaged) will be pursuing research and writing projects around the 2013-2014 Annual Theme selected by The Tikvah Center. The purpose of the Theme is not only to encourage research and writing in a certain area, but to create an intellectual community of scholars and educators whose projects share a high measure of affinity, producing the benefits of intellectual and academic synergy and cross-fertilization.The research and writing projects of At-Large Tikvah Fellows must fit within the broader Mission Statement of the Center.
A doctoral degree is required for applicants to be considered for the Tikvah Fellowship. Please note that a doctoral degree is not required for applicants to the Scholar-In-Residence Program. The research and writing projects of At-Large Tikvah Fellows must fit within the broader Mission Statement of the Center.
The criteria for selection will be, naturally, the credentials of the applicant coupled with a judgment on the potential contribution of the project to the theme, or to the Mission of The Tikvah Center. Successful applicants will be appointed as Tikvah Fellows and will be invited for a year of residence at the gorgeous NYU Institutes on the Park facility at 22 Washington Square. The Fellowship carries a stipend of US $65,000 and an additional housing subsidy of US $10,000 for non-New York Residents.
The formal application will be posted shortly. Please email Tikvah@nyu.edu if you have any questions about the application process.
Applicants should submit the following:
- Completed Online Application - Fill out applicant information and upload all application materials.
- Full detailed Curriculum Vitae
- Personal Statement
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Research Proposal with one page abstract which corresponds to the Mission Statement of The Tikvah Center, or the Annual Theme
- 1 or 2 sample publications, including a recent publication in English, and accompanied by a list of all publications
1. Online Application
All applicants must provide all information requested in the Online Application form. Please note that all application materials can and should be uploaded and submitted via the online application. If you should experience any difficulty with the online application, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Curriculum Vitae
The Curriculum Vitae is an integral part of the selection process, and must contain complete information on academic institutions, honors, and/or awards, and all professional experience (current and previous, including dates of employment and job descriptions). If you are applying from abroad, please note that all CVs should list titles as they appear in your system rather than translating them into the terminology of the American system. All Fellows are expected to be fully proficient in English. If applicants are concerned about this requirement, they should contact The Tikvah Center.
3. Personal Statement
The Personal Statement should be limited to 500 words. The applicant should respond to the following question:
What are your intellectual and professional aspirations?
4. Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation should be submitted from academics or legal professionals who can speak authoritatively on the applicant's abilities, specifically as they relate to the applicant's research proposal. These should be confidential letters from the referees, and should not be seen by the applicant.
Letters should be in the form of a PDF file or a scanned electronic version of a hard copy, must be signed by the person writing the letter, and should be uploaded to the application directly by the recommender.
5. Research Proposal
A well-developed research proposal is a critical part of the application. It is expected that all Fellows will be at a stage in their research and writing process where they will be able to complete a piece of publishable scholarship during their time in residence at the Law School. To that end, we require a detailed research proposal, which should run between 2000-3000 words and be preceded by an executive summary of 300 words, that describes the research questions, the methodology to be utilized, the expected results of the work, and the projected contribution to the field of inquiry. The title of the proposal should indicate fully the nature of the research project, and be in line with either the Annual Theme or the broader Mission Statement of The Tikvah Center. Please also indicate whether you wish to be considered for a Thematic Fellowship, or an At-Large Fellowship at the heading of your research proposal.
Please note: The selection of Fellows will take into consideration the credentials of the applicants, the interest of the program in the proposed research project, and possible synergies with the research of other Fellows.
NYU does not discriminate because of age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.
6. Recent Publication in English
Please include one recent publication in English of no more than 20 pages. Please send the publication in digital form, and note that the work must be originally published in English, not translated into English.
7. One-Page Summary of Your Bio and Research Proposal (max. 300 words in total)
Submitting Application Materials
All application materials should be attached digitally to the application form.
The deadline for receipt of Tikvah Fellowship Program applications and application materials for the 2013-2014 academic year was January 18th, 2013. For information on Academic Year 2014-2015 applications, please check back in Fall 2013. Fellowships are awarded on a rolling basis, so there is some advantage in early applications. Applications not received, or not complete, by this time will not be considered. Please note that our deadline is dictated in part by the Department of State visa requirements and, therefore, we are unable to offer extensions. Decisions for Academic Year 2013-2014 will be sent to all applicants by the beginning of March, 2013.
Any questions regarding the Fellowship Program should be directed to Tikvah@nyu.edu.