Call for Proposal

Eleventh Session of the International Forum of Young Scholars on East European Jewry

Toronto, June 16-20, 2024

Application deadline: 31 December 2023

The Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in cooperation with the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, the University of Florida and the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, are pleased to invite applications for the eleventh session of the International Forum of Young Scholars on East European Jewry. This session will be hosted at the University of Toronto. Its purpose is to promote the research and career progress of promising young scholars from all countries.

The International Forum of Young Scholars is an ongoing project since 2004, hosted each time by one of the leading European and North American academic institutions. It is comprised of 15 advanced PhD students (ABD) and recent PhDs (prior to tenure-track appointments). It meets periodically and is intended to allow the young scholars an opportunity for cross-fertilization in their fields with their own peers and with an esteemed group of senior scholars led by Natalia Aleksiun, Israel Bartal, Jonathan Dekel-Chen, David Engel, Zvi Gitelman, Rebecca Kobrin, Gabriella Safran, Anna Shternshis and Marcin Wodziński. The Forum's faculty also includes scholars representing the organizing institutions: Eli Lederhendler and Semion Goldin from the Hebrew University, Yfaat Weiss and Elisabeth Gallas from the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow. We invite candidates from all branches of the humanities and the social sciences connected to the study of East European Jewry. The Nevzlin Center at the Hebrew University serves as the Forum’s permanent headquarters. For additional particulars about Forum's past sessions, please visit the Nevzlin Center’s website.

Housing costs for the participants will be paid in full by the organizers of the Forum. Transportation for the participants will be paid up to $500 per ticket for participants from Israel, up to $400 from Europe and up to $150 from North America. Funding for any additional transportation costs must be obtained by the participants from their home universities or from other sources.

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter with exact contact details
  • Updated CV
  • Scanned university transcript
  • Publications list
  • Précis of current research (2 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation (to be sent directly to the Nevzlin Center by the recommending scholars)

Those who participated in, or applied to, previous sessions of the Forum are welcome to reapply for the eleventh session, but preference in funding will be given to first-time applicants. All application materials must be received by the Nevzlin Center no later than 31 December 2023. Applicants will be informed of the selection committee’s decision by early February 2024.

Please submit all applications for candidacy to the Forum to the following address: merkaznev(at)