The Women’s Caucus offers several sources of support for scholars engaged in research relating to gender and Jewish Studies:

Applications due April 15

The AJS Women’s Caucus announces a grant of $1000 to support scholarly publication in the area of Jewish Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.  Book proposals to be considered for the grant must make a clear argument for the ways in which the work represents a contribution to any of these fields and a subfield of Jewish Studies.  Grant is open to scholars at all stages of their careers.  While a contract for publication is not required at the time of application, funds can only be disbursed once a contract with a publisher is executed.  In the hope that the subvention grant might help a scholar to secure a contract, the expectation is that the contract will be in hand within 12 months of receiving the award.

To apply, compile all documents into 1 file (PDF or DOC) and send to

* 2-5 page CV

* 5-6 page book proposal that includes current state of project

* 2 page selected bibliography

The winner will be announced and honored at the Women’s Caucus Breakfast, to which they are invited at our cost, and should therefore plan to attend.

Applications due April 15

What is the next step for Jewish feminist and gender studies? In what ways can recent theoretical trends in feminist, gender, queer, and trans-theory impact the various disciplines within Jewish studies?

In recognition of the importance of these questions, the AJS Women’s Caucus invites submissions for its Prize for Innovative Scholarship in Gender and Jewish Studies. The prize will be given in recognition of a paper presented at the previous year’s AJS annual meeting within any discipline of Jewish studies that opens up new areas of inquiry or advances Jewish feminist or gender studies. To be considered, papers must have been prepared especially for presentation at the previous year’s AJS annual meeting. Papers should be submitted electronically to ajswomenscaucus@gmail.comin publishable form (with full citations and bibliography). The winner will be announced and honored at the Women’s Caucus Breakfast, to which they are invited at our cost, and should therefore plan to attend.

Applications due September 15

The AJS Women’s Caucus awards travel grants to graduate students and independent scholars whose papers contribute to the study of women, feminism, and gender in Jewish studies and have been accepted for presentation at that year’s AJS conference. Graduate students in all areas of Jewish studies who have not previously received a Women’s Caucus Travel Grant are encouraged to apply. The travel grants can be applied towards any conference-related costs (hotel, conference registration, childcare costs, etc.).

The application consists of:

  • the AJS abstract/paper proposal
  • a paragraph explicitly stating how the paper broadens the current understanding of Jews and gender; a copy of the email of acceptance from the AJS
  • a CV
  • a proposed budget that includes other potential sources of financial support.

Application documents should be electronically submitted as email attachments to  The Travel Grant Committee will notify applicants prior to the conference. The winner will be announced and honored at the Women’s Caucus Breakfast, to which they are invited at our cost, and should therefore plan to attend.



Announcing the 2017 Paula E. Hyman Mentoring Program

To advance the field of Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies and to honor the memory of Paula E. Hyman, Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary, with the support of the AJS and its Women’s Caucus, established a mentoring program for scholars. In this fourth year of the program, we will again select six emerging scholars and pair them with senior scholar mentors. They will be asked to meet, either in person or virtually, bimonthly and will be invited to stay an extra day at the 2017 AJS Convention in Washington, D.C. at the program’s expense in order to discuss professional issues including moving from dissertation to book, landing one’s first position, thinking strategically about advancement both inside and outside of the academy, and the work-life balance.


Applications are welcomed from both non-tenure track and tenure-track scholars, as well as from scholars in non-traditional fields and independent scholars, who have received or will have received their Ph.D. degrees between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2017. While we welcome all applicants, we particularly encourage submissions from those pursuing work in Jewish Gender & Women’s Studies. Applicants must be current members of the Association for Jewish Studies and the AJS Women’s Caucus. You may establish or renew your membership(s) at Please do NOT approach potential mentors; the Steering Committee will take care of that.

Applications should consist of one PDF file that contains:

  • Cover Letter including:
    • Contact information
    • Description of dissertation research and any other subsequent publications
    • A one to two paragraph description of what you would like to achieve through participation in the mentoring program
    • Names of three senior scholars as possible mentors with a brief statement explaining why you chose each one
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for two academic references; no referees need submit anything on your behalf

Materials should be submitted electronically to by Friday, September 1st. We hope to complete the selection process by the end of September.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Anne Lapidus Lerner at or at 201-543-8148.


For the Steering Committee:

Shira Kohn, The Dalton School, Co-Director

Anne Lapidus Lerner, Jewish Theological Seminary, Founder and Co-Director