Graduate Exchange & Fellowships

UW-Madison to Hebrew University

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 27th 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 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 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
2008-2009 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

Hebrew University to UW-Madison

מלגות הצטיינות ע”ש ג’ורג’ ל. מוסה
לתלמידי החוגים ההיסטוריים באוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים

ההיסטוריון ג’ורג’ ל. מוסה (1918-1999) היה פרופסור באוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים ובאוניברסיטת ויסקונסין במדיסון. בצוואתו ביקש מוסה להקים קרן לקידום לימודי היסטוריה באוניברסיטאות, שבהן הוא לימד, ומאז 2000 מעניקה קרן מוסה מלגות הצטיינות נדיבות לסטודנטים מהחוגים ההיסטוריים באוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים

המלגות נועדו לדוקטורנטים ולתלמידי מוסמך. המלגה לדוקטורנטים היא לארבע שנים. היא כוללת מלגת מחייה ומלגת שכר לימוד לשנת לימודים באוניברסיטת ויסקונסין במדיסון ולשלוש שנות לימודים באוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים. המלגה לתלמידי מוסמך היא לשנתיים. היא כוללת מלגת מחייה ומלגת שכר לימוד לשנת לימודים באוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים ולשנת לימודים באוניברסיטת ויסקונסין במדיסון. בלימודים בירושלים ישויכו המלגאים לבית הספר ע”ש ג’ק, ג’וזף ומורטון מנדל ללימודים מתקדמים במדעי הרוח באוניברסיטה העברית

.לחצו כאן לפרטים מלאים על תנאי המלגה

.לפרטים נוספים ניתן לפנות לעמרי שפר רביב, רכז תכנית מוסה באוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים


Graduate Student Exchange Testimonials

2018.02 - HUJI Fellows meet-greet
2018.02 – Mosse Fellows Idit Ben Or, Avinoam Yuval-Naeh, Michal Friedman, Omri Shafer-Raviv, HUJI History Chair Raz Chen-Morris, Hikaru Kumon, Ofer Pogorelsky, Rebekka Grossmann

My time in Madison was eye-opening on various levels. A particularly great experience was the ambition and the fascination for history I encountered in Madison’s History Department. I have never seen discussions in and out of class evolve as fruitfully and turn out as interestingly as they did in Madison. Maybe I joined a particularly ambitious and engaged cohort, but I was impressed by the passion of the students around me for their subjects but also by way they cared for each other and were interested in each other’s wellbeing and progress. Moreover, I was impressed by the motivation of the many undergraduate students I got to know during the lessons I taught. The way both graduate and undergraduate students and the department’s faculty and staff made me feel at home was special and it made my year in Madison a particularly happy and inspiring one. Finally, I did not only learn what it is like to study on a North American campus. I also discovered the many ways of living in an American city and state. Many of the structures and contexts of the U.S. reality have become much clearer to me simply by living in the United States and sharing the daily experiences of U.S. citizens or by hearing fellow history students talking critically about their political and social system. I am thankful for this kind of education. And of course I enjoyed Wisconsin’s culinary delights: its unlimited varieties of popcorn flavours, beers, and, especially, cheese curds. The experiences and all the wonderful people I met made my stay in Madison particularly instructive, rich, colourful and – simply – very pleasant.

– Rebekka Grossmann, 2016

My year as a George L. Mosse Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was one of the most exciting experiences of my life and my professional career. I was able to travel for various conferences in the U.S., to learn from new mentors at UW, to improve my Arabic skills, to focus my efforts on my dissertation, and to enjoy the wonderful environment and social life of Madison.

The opportunity to travel across the U.S. for conferences and academic events in my field was a great advantage for me. I gave talks at The Association of Jewish studies annual meeting in San Diego, a graduate workshop at the Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University, the Association of Israel Studies annual meeting at Brandeis University and the history department colloquium at UW. In addition, and thanks to the fruitful cooperation between the Center for Jewish Studies at UW and the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, I was also able to participate in the mutual conference and present a paper there.

During my year I was able to write three lectures as part of my research on the early years of the Israeli occupation over the West Bank and Gaza Strip. These lectures dealt with the relations between labor, land, and demography, with methods to collect information on occupied Palestinian society, and with the relations between the government, military, and social theory. Later I composed a new article, which I am now fine-tuning. Memorial Library is worth mentioning as an excellent place to write, learn, and research. The library services, especially the interlibrary loan department, gave me all the resources I could ask for to efficiently move forward with my work. Furthermore, the working environment in the new study-room for graduate students contributed even more to my efficiency.

We enjoyed life off campus: the music festivals, the lakeside Terrace, Union South, walks along (or on) the lakes and the excellent bike paths are only some wonderful experiences we had. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to meet students and faculty at the yearly picnic of the History Department, in the History 701 course and around campus. Our apartment in Eagle Heights (university housing) was comfortable and affordable.

I owe a special thank you to John Tortorice, the legendary Director of the Program. Right from the moment we landed in Wisconsin (and even before), John helped us with every question or concern we had, from opening a bank account to showing us the movie theaters. John welcomed us to his home and made sure to check in on us every other day to make sure everything was taken care of. My wife and I will forever be grateful to him. Skye Doney, John’s assistant and previous Mosse Fellow in Jerusalem, was an excellent host and friend. I wish Skye a great deal of success with his new role as Mosse Program Director.

– Omri Shafer-Raviv, 2017


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