Graduate Research Funding of the American Academy for Jewish Research

AAJR provides grants of up to $4,000 for graduate student summer research. The funds are not intended for language study or equipment. The grant is open to Ph.D. graduate students in any field of Jewish studies at a North American university who have submitted their Ph.D. Dissertation prospectus and have a demonstrated need for materials from archival, library, or manuscript collections or for ethnographic research.

Applications for travel and/or the purchase of copied or scanned items will be considered. The application should consist of:

1. A curriculum vitae, a proposal of no more than five pages double spaced that describes the intended research travel (e.g., collections to be consulted, sites to be visited) and an itemized budget indicating other available or requested sources of summer support. Applicants should notify us if they receive other summer grants.

2. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s principal advisor. The advisor should indicate whether the applicant’s university provides support for summer research and on what terms.

All materials should be submitted via email to Cheri Thompson at

For questions and further information, please contact Professor Ayala Fader, Chair of the review committee, at Awards will be announced in late-April 2023.

Deadline 1 February 2023.

About Andreas Lehnertz

I focus on social, cultural, and religious European history during the High and Late Middle Ages. My interests lie in daily Christian-Jewish relations, marginal Hebrew and Yiddish charter notes, Jewish as well as general sealing practices, and Jewish craftspeople. In 2018, I completed my PhD at the Trier University entitled "Jewish Seals in the Medieval German Empire: The Authentication and Self-Representation of Jewish Men and Women”, under the supervision of Prof. Alfred Haverkamp and Prof. Lukas Clemens at the Arye Maimon Institute for Jewish History. Under Prof. Elisheva Baumgarten I was a postdoctoral fellow in the European Research Council Project "Beyond the Elite – Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe“ at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Buber Society in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, completing my second book on Jewish craftspeople in Medieval Central Europe.