Laurence A. Weinstein Graduate Fellowship

The next call for applications for the Weinstein Graduate Fellowship will be for the academic year 2025-2026.
Please check back in Fall 2024 for more information.

The Fellowship

The Laurence A. Weinstein Distinguished Graduate Fellowship is designed to support the work of exceptional graduate students working in the area of education and Jewish studies, broadly conceived. This fellowship, awarded at regular intervals through a generous gift from Frances Weinstein, affords the successful candidate a package that includes an academic stipend and tuition.


The fellowship is aimed at students whose work is concerned with the role that education has played in Jewish civilization and/or with questions pertaining to education in Jewish Studies. Ideally, this interest will be reflected in some combination of prior work experience, courses taken, dissertation work, and/or professional plans. The holder of this fellowship will pursue full-time graduate study in a recognized UW masters or doctoral program, and will contribute to the intellectual life of the Center for Jewish Studies and the University of Wisconsin. Students work with professors in both Jewish Studies and Education and take courses in both areas.

In the event that an appropriate candidate in the area of Education and Jewish Studies cannot be found, the Fellowship may be given to a graduate student whose work is seriously concerned with the more general area of Jewish studies. Incoming graduate students as well as continuing students are invited to apply for the fellowship.

Application Procedure

The application for this fellowship consists of the following:

  1. Academic transcripts of prior academic work at undergraduate, and, if applicable, graduate levels. Whenever possible, please have transcripts e-mailed directly to
  2. Three letters of recommendation that speak to your academic abilities and qualifications. Ideally, one or more of these letters will speak to your background and interests in (as well as your aptitude for) work in the area of Education and Jewish Studies, or Jewish Studies, or Education
  3. A personal statement of 2–3 pages that addresses your interests, academic background, and future plans—academic and/or professional—in the area of Jewish Studies and Education.

Please submit application materials electronically to

Please feel free to contact with any questions.

Potential impact on financial aid

Please note that receiving an award may affect your financial aid package. To learn more, contact the UW-Madison Office of Financial Aid at