UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


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 

Each year, the British Academy elects to its Fellowship up to 52 outstanding UK-based scholars who have achieved distinction in any branch of the humanities and social sciences. Scholars must be habitually resident (British citizen, obtained a doctorate from a UK university, or EEA national). A draft application (available via the the BA link above) should be sent to jewish.studies@ucl.ac.uk

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBC

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: Applicants for the Spring 2021 round should submit a draft application to the Department no later than 31 December 2020  at jewish.studies@ucl.ac.uk. Although RFE have not yet issued their call, sample application forms and guidance notes are available via the RFE link above.

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. Applicants should send their application, completed online on the Leverhulme Trust website (but costings not included), to jewish.studies@ucl.ac.uk.

Deadline: Applications for 2021 are now closed. 

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