Graduate Theological Union

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

Pardes logoThe 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.

The Berkeley-Jerusalem Fellowship will provide the full tuition for the M.A. in Jewish Studies at the GTU, as well as tuition at Pardes for one semester. In addition, the fellowship will provide funding for summer Hebrew language study at an Ulpan, as well as travel to Jerusalem and a stipend for additional expenses.

Berkeley-Jerusalem Fellows would be expected to study at CJS for the first year of their program, and to attend a summer Hebrew Ulpan in Israel (where necessary), and spend the fall semester of their second year at Pardes. Students may also choose to attend the Pardes summer program. Fellows are expected to return to Berkeley in the spring to complete their M.A. at GTU. While in Israel, students will work in close consultation with faculty from both institutions regarding their course of study and evaluation. Students can receive up to twelve units of academic credit, through GTU, for their studies in Jerusalem.


Students will apply for the Berkeley-Jerusalem Fellowship as part of their M.A. applications to CJS for studies beginning in the fall of 2014 (due February 1, 2014). The first fellowships will be awarded in March 2014; the fellow(s) will begin in the fall of 2014, with travel to Pardes in the summer of 2015 and graduation in spring 2016. Fellows may complete the M.A. program in three years, if needed.

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,