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JDC Archives Fellowships and Grants

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. Since 1914, JDC has exemplified that all Jews are responsible for one another and for improving the well-being of vulnerable people around the world. Today, JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.

The JDC Archives documents the activities of the organization, from its inception in 1914 to the present. The repository houses one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history. Comprising the organizational records of JDC, the overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community, the archives includes over three miles of text documents; 100,000 photographs; 1100 audio recordings, including oral histories, historic speeches and broadcasts; and 1,300 video recordings. JDC’s historic films comprise another invaluable resource, ranging from the late 1920s to 1979.

Fellowship Program

The JDC Archives is pleased to present its Fellowship program. Up to seven fellowships will be awarded each year to deserving scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or Jerusalem. Research topics in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, general history, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections.

Available Fellowship Opportunities:

  • The Fred and Ellen Lewis JDC Archives Fellowship
  • The Ruth and David Musher JDC Archives Fellowship
  • The Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin JDC Archives Fellowship
  • The Max and Cecil (Steuer) Chesin JDC Archives Fellowship
  • The Nathan & Sarah Chesin and Bernard & Mollie Steuer JDC Archives Fellowships
  • The Ruth and David Musher JDC Archives Regional Fellowship
  • The Martin and Rhoda Safer JDC Archives Fellowship


Selection of Fellows

Candidates must submit applications by January 26, 2021 to the JDC Archives online. An Academic Advisory Committee consisting of leading scholars and members of the JDC Archives Committee will be responsible for selecting the fellows.

Fellowship Details

  • Stipends may be used towards travel, transportation, and living expenses.
  • Funds may not be used for family members.
  • Fellowship holders agree to deliver a public presentation on their research.


Documentary Film Grant

The JDC Archives is pleased to announce its 2021 grant for post-production, distribution, and/or JDC Archives licensing costs of a documentary film, which draws on the JDC archival collections. Click here for further information.

Selection of Filmmaker

Applications are due by March 16, 2021 and should be submitted online. An Advisory Committee consisting of scholars, filmmakers and members of the JDC Archives Committee will be responsible for selecting the awarded filmmaker and film.

Grant Details

  • Grant may only be used toward post-production, distribution, and/or JDC Archives licensing costs.
  • Grantee agrees to allow JDC to screen the film at a JDC-sponsored event.
  • Grantee will provide at least three DVDs of the final project to JDC Archives for its library. 


For more information, please contact us.