University of Wisconsin–Madison

Graduate Exchange

UW-Madison – Hebrew University

2012 - Exchange Fellows at the Jordan River: David Harrisville; Dan, Veronica Hummel; Skye, Janna Doney
2012 – Exchange Fellows at the Jordan River: David Harrisville; Dan, Veronica Hummel; Skye, Janna Doney

George L. Mosse, a great historian, teacher, mentor, and friend, graced the UW-Madison campus for some forty years, and The Hebrew University campus for nearly twenty years creating a diverse and enduring international intellectual community. Professor Mosse’s bequest makes it possible for advanced graduate students at both schools to study within an international community.

The Graduate Exchange Program allows graduate students from a variety of fields in the humanities and social sciences at UW–Madison and the Hebrew University to spend an academic year at the respective partner university in order to advance their studies and to broaden their intellectual and international horizons.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has a student body of approximately 23,000 students from Israel and 65 other countries. The University is ranked 26th in the world and in the past decade Hebrew University faculty have won seven Nobel Prizes.

What’s Covered?

The Exchange Program covers the full costs of an academic year at Hebrew University:

  • Full UW-Madison tuition and fees
  • Travel allowance
  • A generous living stipend ($3,000 per month for 12 months)
  • An additional one year of support at the dissertation level upon return to Madison

Applications

Applications should consist of:

  • A one-page statement of how the applicant would spend the year at Hebrew University, including the names of relevant Hebrew University faculty members or programs
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An official transcript
  • A curriculum vitae

Submit completed applications via email to Skye Doney.

*The deadline for applications is February 1
*Fellowships will be announced by March 1

Preference

Preference will be given to students in the following areas:

  • European History
  • Jewish History / Jewish Studies
  • Other fields in History
  • Other fields in the Humanities

Graduate Student Exchange Testimonials

2007 Fellow Udi Greenberg gives a paper as Professor Steven Aschheim looks on
2007 Fellow Udi Greenberg gives a paper as Professor Steven Aschheim looks on.

Being in Jerusalem allowed me the opportunity to become an associate fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research for the year. There I attended workshops and dinners with scholars. I went on many field trips to archaeological sites in the land and attended tours by the scholars who had dug at those locations. There is no substitute for being able to see the sites and findings first hand.

My wife and I also had the opportunity to travel to Egypt, Jordan, Greece, and Turkey. It was fascinating to be able to connect Aegean culture and pottery with the Philistines in Canaan or to see Istanbul and connect that land and culture with the later Turkish Period before the British Mandate. We were exposed to all kinds of political and cultural ideas that help us to be more informed about life in the Middle East.

We are so grateful to the Mosse Graduate Exchange Program for giving us this outstanding opportunity. I have already seen the academic and personal benefits of my experiences and I know that these will continue throughout my academic work and career.

– Eric Tully, 2006

2012 Exchange Fellows Skye Doney, Janna Doney, Katherine Guenoun, Lewis Freedman, and former coordinator Asya Bereznyak at dinner
2012 Exchange Fellows Skye Doney, Janna Doney, Katherine Guenoun, Lewis Freedman, and former coordinator Asya Bereznyak at dinner

Through my research I was able to meet with scholars around the country from various institutions, including the congenial Reuven Tsur, recipient of the 2009 Israeli Prize in literature for his work in Cognitive Poetics. Israel was a great place for me to be immersed in the modern form of the language that I had only studied in its pre-modern forms. (Even though neither I nor my family members had enough time to become fluent Hebrew speakers while there, I was pleased that my not-yet-two-year-old daughter learned to shout “Rega! Rega!” to the driver while we were scurrying off the bus.)

– Emmylou Grosser, 2010

Beyond the Hebrew University campus, I also have the privilege of spending significant time with the poet and scholar Hamutal Bar-Yosef (Ben Gurion University) who I had first met during her academic visit to UW-Madison in the Spring of 2012. While offering me insightful suggestions about my research in Hebrew language poetry, Hamutal also introduced me to the poet Miron Isaacson (Bar Ilan University) and to the stimulating complexity of his work. Additionally Hamutal encouraged my interest in translating Hebrew poetry and sought my advice on in-progress translations of her work as they were prepared for publication, to which I responded with extensive comments.

2010 Exchange fellows to UW-Madison Anna Gutgarts, Arad Gigi
2010 Exchange fellows to UW-Madison Anna Gutgarts, Arad Gigi

This step from Madison into the literary communities of Jerusalem was extended significantly over the course of my stay. I had the privilege of meeting promising young Israeli Jerusalemite poets such as Roni Mazal, Meitar Moran, and Amir Menashehof, and of attending their “Omrim Shirah” reading series, housed in the gallery of beautiful Beit Ticho. I also spend significant time with poets and translators Linda Zisquit, Tamar Katz, Gabriel Levin, and Peter Cole, all of who are ex-pats who have lived in Jerusalem for many years now. Tamar Katz (Ben Gurion University) who translated revered Israeli poet and Talmud scholar Admiel Kosman, kindly provided me with an electronic introduction that allowed me to initiate a correspondence with Kosman that has importantly informed my work. Gabriel Levin, who in addition to his own work as a poet and translator, edits the important press, Ibis Editions, was incredibly generous to me, meeting with me nearly every month I was there and offering me countless reading suggestions from his wealth of knowledge in both ancient and contemporary Hebrew and Arabic poetry.

– Lewis Freedman, 2013

My stay in Madison has indeed been extraordinary and rewarding for more than one reason, both from a scholarly perspective and from a personal point of view. Apart from the excellent facilities and collections which, as mentioned above, I was able to peruse, I cannot describe how warm and generous was the welcoming of all the Friends of the UW-Madison Library, of Liz Nevers in particular, and how much they helped me while preparing my trip and during my stay. Al Friedman and his wife Susan, especially, were the kindest and the most extraordinary guests I could have desired for my stay in Wisconsin.

Moreover, the community of scholars of Madison has been incredibly generous with me, both with their time and advice, especially John Tortorice and Stanley Payne. The privilege I had of talking with them, the suggestions they were able to share with me about the collections and about my researches more in general, and their great kindness in sharing with me also their knowledge of Wisconsin and of the UW itself have been invaluable. For all these reasons, I firmly believe my stay in Madison has been crucial for my researches and I will keep the Friends and the George L. Mosse Program in History informed about any publication resulting from my researches in Madison.

– Donatello Aramini

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