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Awards

Okla Elliott Travel Scholarship

To honor former Comparative Literature and Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies Ph.D student, Okla Elliott, who passed away unexpectedly last year. After graduating from UIUC, Okla went on to become an Assistant Professor at Misericordia University. After he died, another Comparative Literature Ph.D., Anya Hamrick (now an Addistant Professor at NYIT-Nanjing), began a GoFundMe campaign in order to provide travel funds for graduate students to go to HGMS related conferences or to conduct HGMS relevant research.

It is to honor Okla, then, that we now announce travel awards of $250 for which UIUC HGMS students can apply. One award will be issued each year, until the funds Anya raised have been depleted. Applications are due on February 1, 2018 and should consist of a brief description of the conference or research to be conducted. A committee of HGMS will be convened in the spring and the award will be announced in March 2018.

Ronald Filler Scholarship

Awarded twice annually to outstanding advanced undergraduate students in the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. Made possible by the generosity of Ronald Filler, the scholarship comes with a cash prize.

Nominations are made by the faculty. One winner is named in the fall and one in the spring.

Hebrew Award

Awarded annually to the outstanding Hebrew language student in the Program in Jewish Culture and Society.

Nominations are made by the faculty. One winner is named in the fall.

Karasik Scholarship for Study Abroad

This scholarship is open to all graduate students in Jewish Studies and Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies who plan to conduct research abroad or study language abroad. Preference will be given to students who have not yet received an award from JS/HGMS. The award offers three thousand dollars in support. In order to be considered please send me a one page description of your research project or language study plans and a CV. Please ask that two letters of recommendation be sent directly to Brett Kaplan. This year’s deadline is Monday, February 12, 2018.

Travel and Research Stipends

A limited number of travel and research stipends are awarded to graduate students affiliated with the Program in Jewish Culture and Society on an ad-hoc basis. The stipends are in amounts up to $400 and come with the expectation of regular participation in the Program's events.

Students applying for a travel and research stipend need to send a 300-word statement, a budget, and a CV to Brett Kaplan. Applications can be submitted at any time.