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Rhea S. Schwartz Scholars Program at Penn State

Rhea S. Schwartz Scholars Program at Penn State

The Jewish Studies program is currently offering stipends to support Liberal Arts undergraduate students pursuing a study abroad, work abroad, or internship program connected to Jewish Studies, Israel, or the Jewish community for the summer of 2022.

What kind of enrichment experiences will be considered?

Experiences can include study abroad or work abroad programs located in the State of Israel or other locations that are in some way connected to Jewish Studies, Israel, or the Jewish community. Experiences can also include a work or internship program with a Jewish community organization (religious or cultural, e.g., YIVO, Workers Circle, Jewish museums, Yiddish Book Center).

If you have questions about whether your experience fits our eligibility requirements, please contact Professor Tobias Brinkmann.

Can I apply for internship funding even if I have not been offered the position?

You can apply for the summer funding grant even if you have not yet been offered the position. Stipends will only be disbursed with confirmation of internship acceptance.

Note: Jewish Studies is not offering either internships or credit. We seek to help students to be able to take advantage of existing opportunities.

How do I apply?

To apply, you must submit:

  • A brief (1-2 page) essay about your enrichment opportunity.
  • A budget explaining your funding needs.
  • An acceptance letter for the internship, if applicable. If you have not received an acceptance letter yet, please note the date you expect to be notified.

Note: If you receive the summer funding, you will be required to write a blog post about your experience that will be published on the Jewish Studies social media platforms and website.

Applications Due: April 1, 2022.

Once you submit your application, your information will be emailed to the Jewish Studies committee for review. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Director of Jewish Studies Professor Tobias Brinkmann.

2021 Award Winner

“Resurgent Antisemitism: The Threat of Viktor Orban and His Political Arsenal” by Jacob Green

Additional Questions

The Jewish Studies Program Summer funding may be used to help you to cover costs of travel, rent, and food for the summer. The money can be used for any costs associated with the internship.

Yes, you are still allowed to apply for the Summer Grant if you are also applying for other sources of funding. We require that applicants disclose where else they are applying for funding and if applicants receive alternate sources of funding before the decision.

There are a number of other sources of funding for summer experiences available through Penn State. Please check the list of resources provided by the College of the Liberal Arts or contact the Penn State University Fellowship Office.

Recipients will find out at the Jewish Studies Awards Ceremony at 5:30pm on Monday, April 25th, 2022. All applicants will be notified by the first week of May.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Interim Director of Jewish Studies Professor Tobias Brinkmann.