Proposals in all areas of Jewish Genealogy are invited. They can be in the categories of pure genealogical research or in the form of inter-disciplinary research. They can also seek to provide Jewish genealogists and family historians with innovative “tools and technologies” to advance their work. Preferred research areas include history, rabbinics, onomastics, interdisciplinary aspects of Jewish genealogy, Jewish genealogy and computer science, and the identification and documentation of sources and resources for Jewish genealogy.
Preference will be given to:
Projects of broad interest to Jewish genealogists and a range of other scholars working in the humanities and social sciences.
Projects based on primary sources (or equivalent), whose scope goes well beyond information gathering and retrieval, or simple databasing.
Studies requiring a critical evaluation of the sources, analysis and synthesis of data.
Studies whose resultant narrative is firmly positioned in a pertinent Jewish Studies context, whether historical, social, economic, cultural, religious or other.
Projects that broaden the scope of Jewish genealogical inquiry - taking it, for example, into realm of the exact sciences, particularly computer science, in order to produce sophisticated tools and technologies for the Jewish genealogist.
Proposals that are interdisciplinary and envisage synergisms between Jewish genealogy and other disciplines, to the benefit of all concerned.
The Institute will not support or fund:
research into personal family trees, unless they are of demonstrable interest and relevance to Jewish genealogists generally;
ongoing research, including doctoral research, being funded by another body;
preparation and publication of books or monographs;
courses to acquire language or other skills to implement the research;
purchase of professional literature (books and periodicals) ostensibly required for the project.
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to successful applicants.
The results of the research will be published under the Institute’s auspices, either on its Website or in printed form. Subject to the Academic Committee’s approval, they may also be published, with proper acknowledgement to the Institute’s sponsorship, in an alternative academic framework, such as scholarly journal.
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