Tikvah Scholar

The Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization is accepting applications for its new Tikvah Scholar in Residence Programdirected at outstanding graduates and young scholars interested in spending a year of research, writing and learning in the company of some of the most gifted and creative scholars in the field of Law and Jewish Civilization. The Mission Statement of The Tikvah Center at NYU may be found .

Applications are typically considered from candidates at the following levels, but others are welcome to apply:

(1) Post-Doctoral Students, from NYU or visiting from another institution (Tikvah Scholars).

(2) Students currently writing a doctorate, at NYU or another institution in a field related to the Mission Statement of the Tikvah Center (Visiting Doctoral Tikvah Scholars); and

(3) JD students enrolled at or applying to NYU School of Law, who may be a Scholar for one, or more, years of their JD program (JD Tikvah Scholars).

Scholars will join the intellectual community at the Tikvah Center as integral members. This includes:

The Tikvah Workshop : Each Tikvah Scholar-in-Residence will be expected to attend a bi-weekly workshop in which the research of the Tikvah Fellows, members of the Skirball Judaic Studies faculty at NYU, and invited guests will be presented and discussed.

Academic Seminars: Tikvah Scholars will be expected to participate in one core seminar presented by Center directors Professor Moshe Halbertal and Professor Joseph Weiler.  Scholars will also have the ability to audit any courses offered within the auspices of the Tikvah Center itself, NYU Law School or the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies.

Intellectual Advisor-Mentor: Each Scholar-in-Residence will be individually mentored by one of the Tikvah Fellows (see bios of the 2010-11 fellows below) or Directors of the Tikvah Center (also see bios below) or another NYU Faculty member.

A Writing Project: Each Scholar will be expected to engage in a writing project commensurate with his or her experience and interests—this could include an academic paper, an essay for publication in a serious journal of ideas, or a major section of a book or dissertation.

For full-time Scholars, the duration of the Scholar in Residence Program is 8 months (September through April) and carries an annual stipend.

Application requirements and criteria are as follows:

The ‘Post-Doctoral Tikvah Scholar’ shall be an individual who has already completed his or her doctoral degree. Applicants must provide a proposal for a writing project totaling approximately 800 words and consistent with the mission of the Tikvah Center. Applicants must indicate four out of the ten Tikvah Fellows who shall be in residence for the upcoming academic year with whom they would wish to work, based on similar areas of research and interest. Applicants must submit a CV and transcripts from all educational institutions from which a degree was awarded. Finally, applicants must submit a digital copy of their dissertation if it is available in such a format.

The ‘Visiting Doctoral Tikvah Scholar’ shall be an individual currently pursuing a doctoral degree. Those selected will be required to use their time with the Center to further work on their dissertation. Applicants must provide an outline of how their research – submitted in the form of a proposal for a writing project totaling approximately 800 words and consistent with the mission of the Tikvah Center – will contribute to their dissertation. Applicants must indicate four out of the ten Tikvah Fellows who shall be in residence for the upcoming academic year with whom they would wish to work, based on similar areas of research and interest. We request that applicants do not contact NYU faculty for sponsorship. Applicants must submit a CV and transcripts from all educational institutions from which a degree was awarded. Finally, we ask that applicants submit, if available, any existing chapters of their dissertation for review.

 NYU School of Law JD Students will not be required to apply.  This group is evaluated and invited on primarily the basis of applications to the JD Program at the Law School and/or performance at the Law School. Interested students should submit their CV, transcripts from any educational institutes from which a degree was awarded, explanation of why they are interested in the program, and a statement of their short and long-term career goals. Potential scholars must also provide a proposal for a writing project totaling approximately 800 words and consistent with the mission of the Tikvah Center, and indicate four out of the ten Tikvah Fellows who shall be in residence for the upcoming academic year with whom they would wish to work, based on similar areas of research and interest.

For further information and application procedures please email Tikvah@nyu.edu

Among the Tikvah Fellows in Academic Year 2010-2011:

  • Gary Anderson (Joint Fellow with The Straus Institute)
  • Gabriella Blum (Berkowitz Fellow)
  • Elisheva Carlebach
  • Robert Chazan
  • Perry Dane
  • Rabbi Tully Harcsztark
  • Maoz Kahana
  • Yair Lorberbaum
  • Ephraim Shoham-Steiner
  • Michael Walzer (Joint Fellow with The Straus Institute)

The Directors of the Tikvah Center are:

Moshe Halbertal, who is the Gruss Professor at NYU School of Law and a professor of Jewish thought and philosophy at Hebrew University. He received his Ph.D. from Hebrew University in 1989, and from 1988-92 he was a fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. Moshe Halbertal has also served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

J.H.H. Weiler, who is University Professor, & Joseph Straus Professor of law  at NYU School of Law. He serves, too, as Director of The Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice. He was previously Professor of Law at the Michigan Law School and then the Manley Hudson Professor of Law and the Jean Monnet Chair at Harvard Law School.