The Fellows


View information on the Tikvah Center Fellows for Academic Year 2009-2010, including a short biography and description of the research project for each.

See also Tikvah Affiliate Scholars.


See detailed information for prospective Fellows on how to apply for the 2010-2011 academic year.


Explanation & Purpose of the Program: The Tikvah Center will host, on an annual basis, a complement of scholars of the highest quality as Fellows who will spend eleven months working on individual scholarly projects falling within the mission of The Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization. The complement of Tikvah Fellows will be comprised of leading, established scholars, as well as promising standouts in the up-and coming-generation. Scholarship at the Center will apply the insights, sensibilities, normative considerations and experiences of Jewish Civilization on law and legal issues of significant academic and social significance.

Fellows will contribute to the intellectual life of NYU School of Law and the wider community through various fora and an annual conference. It is intended that conversations among the Fellows during the year, workshops, seminars and the intellectual synergies of the group will enhance the quality of the scholarship produced and also create life long networks among the Fellows. Scholarship resulting from Fellowships will appear in a series of publications of The Tikvah Center, including if appropriate the web site.

Location: The Tikvah Center will be housed in a large, wonderful and recently renovated classical rowhouse on Washington Square just opposite the Law School. 22 Washington Square will be an attractive working environment in terms of both its offices and its public spaces.

Benefits for Fellows: Fellows will receive a living stipend currently planned at US$65,000, office space, as well as working facilities and support from Center administrative staff. All Fellows who are non-New York residents are provided with a housing subsidy currently planned at US$10,000 to offset the costs of moving to and living in New York City. As described in the Mission Statement, the Center plans to inaugurate a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program in Academic Year 2010/2011. If a Fellow wishes to be considered for an instructor position to teach a course in the MSL program – and is offered the option – he or she would receive an additional US$30,000 teaching stipend.

Compensation in this way allows Fellows to focus their energies as much as possible on the research subjects they choose. Center staff will assist Fellows in making all the necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth transition to, and stay in, New York City.

If a Fellow’s country possesses a double taxation treaty with the United States, no tax is assessed here on those figures. The Center may be able to provide more details about taxation upon enquiry.

Expectations of Fellows:

• The Tikvah Center aims to offer ideal conditions for pursuing research and writing during a sabbatical year (or year of leave) from one’s own Institution taking full advantage of NYU School of Law, NYU in general, and New York City as a whole.
• Fellows are expected to be in residence during the academic year.
• Fellows are not to accept other teaching commitments in New York or elsewhere during the Fellowship period.
• Fellows are expected to take part in the intellectual life of the Center, primarily a weekly lunch and the Forum in which the research projects of the Fellows will be presented, as well as annual colloquia and conferences.  More generally, Fellows may engage in other Law School activities and the intellectual life of the wider NYU community. However, we promise that the institutional burdens are minimal and the hospitality solicitous to your needs. Our main goal is to give the Fellows ample, satisfying facilities and a stimulating group of colleagues to enable them to further their research and produce first class scholarship.
• We do expect something tangible, such as an article or a completed book manuscript, to show – and if appropriate to post on the Center’s Web site – at the end of the Fellowship or shortly afterwards.
• We accordingly also expect that the research plans of Fellows envisage a concrete research project for the year of Fellowship.
• A Fellow’s acceptance of the Center’s invitation signifies that the financial conditions of Fellowship are such that he or she is able to spend the academic year in New York and to satisfy the residence requirements.

Tikvah Visiting Doctoral Researchers

Each year we welcome one or two Tikvah Visiting Doctoral Researchers (VDRs).  Workspace is provided, and Tikvah VDRs are incorporated into all Tikvah Center activities and are encouraged to interact with the Tikvah Fellows. Applicants should be students in their second or third year of their doctoral thesis.  For the application process and other requirements, please see the NYU School of Law website and in your application please note your wish to be affiliated with the Tikvah Center.