Gudelsky Awards for Student Travel to Israel 2008-09

The Judaic Studies Program at GW is pleased to announce that it will give awards of up to $2,000 each to 3 undergraduate students for travel to Israel in the 2008-09 academic year due to a generous grant from the Gudelsky Foundation. The awards will be given to students who demonstrate that travel to Israel will be used for research on a major academic project undertaken at GW, such as a term paper (15 pages or more) or a senior thesis, or projects in other media such as the visual arts. Research on such a project may involve, but is not limited to, such activities as attending a conference in Israel, making use of research-materials in Israeli libraries, or consulting with Israeli academics. Awards will not be given to help fund a semester in Israel. Travel to and from Israel must be completed before July 30, 2009.

Preference will be given to Judaic Studies majors and minors, but other students should not feel discouraged from applying. All serious applications will be considered.

Applications should include the following:
1. A completed application form. Forms can be found at Click on “Internships and Opportunities, Gudelsky Scholarships”
2. A three-page essay (double-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins) describing the project.
3. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member who will be overseeing the project.
4. A GW transcript (does not have to be official).
5. A one-page preliminary budget of expenses for the trip.

Students who are given awards will be required to write a brief report on their activities in Israel for the selection committee within two weeks of their return.

Applications are due December 1, 2008 in the Judaic Studies Office 2142 G St NW, or can be e-mailed to We hope to give notification of the awards no later than December 15, 2008. If the pool of applicants is insufficient either in terms of numbers or the quality of the proposals, some of these awards may be available in the second semester as well. If there are any questions, please contact Prof. Robert Eisen 4-4780.

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