Graduate Theological Union

The Berkeley-Jerusalem Fellowship at the Graduate Theological Union and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

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The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies are pleased to announce the establishment of a new fellowship for students pursuing an M.A. in Jewish Studies at the GTU, with supplementary studies at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. Such a fellowship would allow students to take full advantage of the resources at both institutions and inaugurate a collaboration for the mutual benefit of the students, faculty and community at the GTU and at Pardes.

Fellowship Terms for 2016-2017

The Berkeley Jerusalem fellowship covers tuition for up to 24 units taken in the academic year 2016-17. The fellowship also provides funds for a term of study at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. Fellows may choose the five-week summer program or the semester program. Fellows receive additional funding for travel expenses and language study.


To Apply

To apply for the fellowship, upload your essay in the online application that answers the following question:
Studies at the GTU and Pardes Institute allow students to combine critical approaches to Jewish history and literature with classical rabbinic literacy. Please describe how this combination of academic and rabbinic studies will contribute to your long-term goals. (500 words).
These materials should be turned in by the MA program application deadlines. They can be submitted with the online application or submitted in electronic copy to Andrea Sheaffer, GTU Director of Admissions or in hard copy to GTU Admissions, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709. 
If you would like more information or have any questions about the Berkeley-Jerusalem Fellowship, please contact CJS (510/649-2482, or Andrea Sheaffer in the GTU Admissions Office (510/649-2465, The Pardes contact is Jenna King Brill, Pardes Assistant Director of Recruitment,