Affiliated graduate students are eligible to apply for travel and research support from the Elie Wiesel Center. Amounts of awards vary by need and availability. Funds include:

Henry J. and Carole Pinkney Research Scholarship

The Henry J. and Carole Pinkney Research Scholarship supports any Boston University undergraduate or graduate student’s research in Jewish Studies. Students can request funds to cover travel expenses, conference fees, and other costs directly related to research or professional development. Awards are limited to $500 per year per student and depend on funding availability. Applicants should be in good standing and provide a research budget or other expense justification, as well as a letter of endorsement from their advisor. Awards are considered on a rolling basis throughout the Academic Year. 

To apply: Complete the online application and request that your advisor send a letter of endorsement to

Deadline: is April  1, 2022, for 2021-22 Academic Year

Einhorn Book Award

The Einhorn Book Award provides support to a Boston University graduate student to purchase books in all areas of Jewish Studies, for specific book purchases up to $500 per student per year. (Students may request multiple books per application). Decisions will be made jointly by the Chair of the Religion Department and the Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies.

To apply: please send an email to with: 

  • a research proposal and impact statement
  • a detailed budget and an indication of other sources of funding
  • an updated curriculum vitae
  • a letter of recommendation from your adviser

Deadline: rolling (apply anytime)

Students who receive funding are required to submit a research/travel report within six months of travel or completion of research.

For updated information on funding opportunities, and other graduate inquiries, contact Prof. Michael Zank at (617) 353-8096 or


Applicants to the PhD program of the Graduate Program in Religion (GPR) of the Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 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 GPR application review process. For information about the GPR, including program information and requirements, application procedures and deadlines see or write to

Graduate Scholarship Awardees

Elie Ash 

Elie Ash

Elie Ash’s is a PhD student in the Graduate Program of Religion. Her dissertation research focuses on the role of belief and ideology in the religious lives of participants in partnership minyans, which are an emergent feminist Orthodox style of congregation. She has received funding through the Brook Family Fund and the Einhorn Book Award for Research in Jewish Studies.

In her words, “I have benefited greatly from our Jewish Studies courses and from conversations with the affiliated faculty, including in particular Professors Steven Katz, Deeana Klepper, Jonathan Klawans, Diana Lobel, Michael Zank. At EWCJS events I have consistently found warm interest and good advice from other faculty I work less closely with as well as from students and former students, including the fantastic Dr. Theresa Cooney, who serves as our program administrator.”

David Malamud

David Malamud

David Malamud is a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Religion with a specialization in Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean. He is a recipient of the Drapkin-Fasel Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship. David was awarded the Henry J. and Carole Pinkney Scholarship to study at the Yeshivat Hadar Summer Beit Midrash program at the Hadar Institute. David is also a recipient of the Einhorn Book Award for Research in Jewish Studies. 

In his words, “With the support of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, I had the pleasure of spending a summer at Hadar, where I was able to deeply develop my text skills in an immersive environment while finding making lasting friendships.” 

Read David Malamud’s piece about Uyghur and Kazakh concentration camps in western China on the EWCJS blog.

Chaim Elly Moseson 

Chaim Elly Moseson

Chaim “Elly” Moseson graduated with a Ph.D. in the Texts and Traditions track at the Graduate Program in Religion. His dissertation offers a comprehensive and critical assessment of the earliest traditions that recorded the teachings of the founder of the Hasidic movement, Israel Baal Shem Tov. He is a past recipient of the Einhorn Book Award. 

In his words, “I look back at my years at Boston University and I am filled with gratitude toward the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies. From my very first visit to the BU campus as a prospective student, the faculty, staff and fellow students affiliated with the Center have been a constant source of friendship, support and guidance. From the very beginning, I was offered both the financial and moral support to pursue my studies and research both in and outside of Boston University. My dissertation project was immeasurably enriched by the opportunities I received to conduct research, attend workshops and present at conferences at various locations in the United States, Europe and Israel.”