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Postdoctoral Research

The Department of Hebrew and Jewish studies currently has one postdoctoral researcher.

Fellowship programmes aim to help early-career researchers strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment with a view to helping them obtain permanent lecturing posts by the end of their Fellowship. 

Staff research interests 

The research in our department is world renowned, wide-ranging, and innovative. Staff and doctoral research projects cover such areas as: 

  • the Ancient Near East
  • early rabbinic literature
  • eastern European Jewish history
  • Yiddish culture
  • the Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Jewish-Muslim relations 
  • Jewish time and calendars
  • code switching in the Talmud
  • Maskilic Hebrew
  • the Jews and photography
  • intercession (‘shtadlanut’) in Jewish political tradition
  • gender in modern Hebrew literature
  • peace efforts in the Middle East
  • Jewish feminism

We encourage interdisciplinary and cross-departmental research. The resources for research in the Bloomsbury area, in which UCL is located, are internationally renowned. 

Current postdoctoral competitions

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 

This highly competitive scheme provides funding to cover the costs of a 36 month fellowship. Its purpose is to enable the award holder to pursue an independent research project, towards the completion of a significant piece of publishable research. Eligibility is limited to British citizens, nationals from the European Economic Area, and any nationals with a UK doctorate, all within three years of the PhD. Candidates should initially email their proposed mentors within the Department, with a copy to jewish.studies@ucl.ac.uk.

Deadline: 14 Oct 2021 (candidates should submit no later than 7 Oct 2021 to allow time for host institution’s approval)

Rothschild Foundation Europe

For candidates researching and/or teaching any topic within the field of Jewish Studies will be considered eligible for funding. The Foundation particularly welcomes applications from those engaged in the study of contemporary Jewish life in Europe from a social science perspective or those whose proposals involve digital humanities research techniques.

Deadline: TBC

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Draft applications should be submitted to jewish.studies@ucl.ac.uk; for an application form, please email the same address.

Deadline: Thursday 7 October 2021 (for academic year 2022/23)

For any queries about the above please contact jewish.studies@ucl.ac.uk