Graduate Studies at BU

Jewish civilization originates in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Ancient Near East, where it interacted with the high urban civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia. Through a far-flung diaspora, centered on sacred traditions rooted in its place of origin, Jewish cultures have since flourished across the globe.

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… Graduate students enrolled in any BU program whose academic work is significantly related to Jewish studies, including Israel studies, may affiliate with the Elie Wiesel Center and compete for research and travel awards and other financial aid.

Center affiliation requires regular participation in faculty and graduate student research seminars (BUJS Forum) and attendance of other EWCJS events.

To affiliate, write to to schedule an appointment.

… Applicants to the PhD programs of the Graduate Division of Religious Studies who plan to specialize in an area of Jewish studies will be considered for five-year, fully funded Jewish studies graduate fellowships.

Fellowship support includes all required tuition expenses, health insurance, and a competitive living stipend. Consideration for these fellowships will be part of the GDRS application review process. For information about the GDRS, including program information and requirements, application procedures and deadlines see or write to

For information on fellowships, funding opportunities, and other graduate inquiries, contact Michael Zank, Director, at 147 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215; Email:; Telephone: (617) 353-8096.

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Spring 2015 Courses

Graduate Affiliation

Funding Opportunities

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