Graduate Exchange

the George L. Mosse Graduate Exchange Fellowship has been a unique opportunity for me to conduct research at some of the world’s top-ranking universities, archives, and libraries; connect and exchange ideas with fellow scholars in my field; and experience a different—yet vibrant—academic culture. The proximity of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the National Library of Israel, and—in my case—Yad Vashem, make this graduate exchange an incredible opportunity to advance one’s research and writing.

Alex Scheepens, 2022

UW-Madison to Hebrew University

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George L. Mosse (1918-1999), 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 UW-Madison and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to study within an international community.

The Graduate Exchange is open to graduate students in European history, European Studies, Jewish history, Jewish Studies, German Studies, Intellectual history, Geography, Religious Studies, Political Science, and any other field in the humanities. The Fellowship allows graduate students from 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 65th in the world and in the past decade Hebrew University faculty have won seven Nobel Prizes.

The Fellowship

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

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


Applications should consist of:

1- 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
2- Two letters of recommendation sent to the Mosse Program (
3- An unofficial UW-Madison transcript
4- A curriculum vitae

Submit completed applications to the Mosse Program (

*Applications due: Monday, 3 February 2025
*Awards announced by Friday, 14 February 2025

UW Graduate Student Exchange Experiences

2023 – Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Photo by Fellow Alex Scheepens.









The Mosse Graduate Exchange Fellowship was among the most empowering and impactful in my young researcher’s career. This fellowship truly enabled me to carry out my ambitious research plan with extensive fieldwork component … I am grateful to the program directors, administrators, donors, and supporters for this great opportunity. The fellowship helped me not only achieve tangible outcomes in terms of my research progress but also helped me use this opportunity to secure additional research funds.

  • Khasan Redjaboev, 2023
2022.12 – Old City of Jerusalem. Photo by Fellow Aman Abhishek.

It is difficult to put it all into words, and I have a strong feeling I won’t know what it all means to me, or how it changed me, for a long time to come.  I only know it was an unforgettable experience for which I’m extremely grateful.

As for the city, I liked it a great deal.  The weather is very nice (although in winter it gets quite cold, and it took me a while to realize my AC unit doubled as a heater!).  I liked my neighborhood’s winding alleyways, the famous cats, the European-style bookstores and the scenery in general … One can barely take a step without running into some kind of ruin or monument.

  • David Harrisville, 2013
2022.09 – View of Jerusalem from Mount Scopus. Photo by Fellow Aman Abhishek.
2022.10 – Silwan Neighborhood. Photo by Fellow Aman Abhishek.

Hebrew University to UW-Madison

ההיסטוריון הדגול 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. הנסיעה לשנת הלימודים באוניברסיטת ויסקונסין במדיסון תתרחש בשנה השנייה של המלגה

.לפרטים מלאים על תנאי המלגה לחצו כאן

.להגשת מועמדות למלגה לחצו כאן

לפרטים נוספים ניתן לפנות למיכל פרידמן, רכזת תכנית מוסה באוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים

HUJI Graduate Student Exchange Experiences

2004.06: Wisconsin Historical Society and Library Mall. Photo by Fellow Ayana Sassoon.

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.

– Omri Shafer-Raviv, 2017

2024.06 – James Madison Park, looking out on Lake Mendota and Picnic Point. Photo by Fellow Ayana Sassoon.

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

Mosse Exchange Participants:

Former UW-Madison Mosse Exchange Fellows:

Ludwig Decke, “Antiracism after Hitler: Jews, the State, and the Fight against Racial Discrimination in Western Europe, 1945-1992”

Aman Abhishek, “Digital Archives of State Violence”

Ethell Gershengorin, “Healthy Bodies, Upright Citizens: The OZE, Jewish Women and Children, and Inter-War Medical Humanitarianism, 1914-1939” [Did not travel]

Alex Scheepens, “The Jewish Experience in Hiding in Nazi-occupied Netherlands, 1940-1945”

Aman Abhishek, “Whistle Blowing as Data Journalism”

Marko Kljajić, “Post-Conflict Reconciliation in the Western Balkans and Beyond”

Khasan Redjaboev
, “How Forced Labor Shaped States and Societies”

Alex Scheepens, “The Jewish Experience in Hiding in Nazi-occupied Netherlands, 1940-1945”

COVID-19 global pandemic

Samson Olanrewaju, “The Literary Growth of the Davidic Oracle in 2 Samuel 7:1–17: A Source- and Redaction-Critical Analysis” [COVID-19 pandemic prevented travel]

Chad S. A. Gibbs, “Against that Darkness: Perseverance, Resistance, and Revolt at Treblinka”

Abigail Lewis, “Double Exposure: French Photography and Everyday Choices from Nazi Occupation to Liberation, 1940-1950”

Preston Atwood, “The Role of LXX Isaiah in the Translation of the Peshiṭta of Isaiah”

Hikaru Kumon, “How Qohelet Thought: A Natural Semantic Metalanguage Analysis of Ecclesiastes”

Valeria Navarro Rosenblatt, “Jewish Communists in Chile: Experience and Memory in the Life Stories of Dora Guralnik and Carlos Berger, 1930-1990”

Aaron Dowdall, “‘We Saw Israel’: American and Israeli Workers in the Middle East and Africa, 1948-1972”

Jonathon E. Wylie, “He Shall Deliver My People from the Hand of the Philistines’: The Political and Theological Uses of the Philistines in the Book of Samuel”

Lewis Freedman, “Forms of the Subject, Forms of the Outside: Towards an Understanding of Recombinatory Literary Practices”

Katherine Guenoun, “Between Synagogue and Society: Jewish Women in Nineteenth-Century France”

David Harrisville, “Fabricating a Righteous Cause: The Wartime Origins of the Wehrmacht Myth, 1941-1944”

Daniel Hummel, “A Covenant of the Mind: American Evangelicals, Israel, and the Construction of a Special Relationship, 1948-1980”

Joshua Gedacht, “Islamic-Imperial Encounters: Colonial Enclosure and Muslim Cosmopolitans in Island Southeast Asia, 1800-1940”

Daniel Schneider, “Spinoza’s Method of Certainty”

Mehreen Zahra-Malik, “Social Cleavages and Democratic Consolidation: The Case of Pakistan”

Terrance Mintner, “Correcting Europe’s Error: Venetian Cosmopolities on Turkish ‘Literature'”

Emmylou Grosser, “The Poetic Line as Part and Whole: A Perception-Oriented Approach to Lineation of Poems in the Hebrew Bible”

Marian Halls, “Speaking Otherwise in Public: Testimony, Emblem, and Allegory in Post-Conflict Political Communities”

Michael Kelly, “The Origin of the Interpretations in the Lex Romana Visigothorum”

Benjamin Raiklin, “The Making of a Documentary and Newsreel Colossus: Stalinist Documentary Filmmaking Efforts and Practices, 1926-1946”

Matt Sienkiewicz, “From all Directions: Globalization and the Struggle for Independent Palestinian Media”

Sean Gillen, “‘A Cloudy Youth,’ or : Faith, Reason, and Social Thought in Vladimir Sergeevich Solov’ev’s Chteniia O Bogochelovechestve, 1872-1878”

Erika Hughes, “Youth Holocaust Drama: A Study of History, Memory and National Identity”

Sonja Mekel, “‘Herren from the Tribe of Juda’: the Relationship Between German and German-Jewish Immigrants in Milwaukee and Chicago, 1840-1900”

Maggie (Mary) Wunnenberg Kirsh, “The Lost Children of Europe: Narratives of the Rehabilitation of Child Holocaust Survivors in Great Britain and Israel”

David Gehring, “International Protestantism unties ‘the Catholique knotte’: Anglo-German Relations under Elizabeth I”

Erika Hughes, “Youth Holocaust Drama: A study of History, Memory and National Identity”

Gregory Shealy, “The Mechanized Harvester in Imperial Germany: The Cultural Biography of a Single Transatlantic Commodity”

Camarin Porter, “De subiecto theologiae: Gerardus Odonis and the Nature of Theological Knowledge and Theological Authority in the Early Fourteenth Century”

Brian Ulrich, “Constructing al-Azd: Tribal Identity and Society in the Early Islamic Centuries”

Sarah Wobick-Segev, “Make Yourself at Home: Jewish Belonging and Sociability in Berlin, Paris and St. Petersburg, 1890-1950s”

Ethan Katz, “Jews and Muslims in the Shadow of Marianne: Conflicting Identities and Republican Culture in France (1914-1975)”

Kim Lan Nguyen, “Lady Zion and the Man: The Use of Personae in the Book of Lamentations”

Timothy Mackie, “Expanding Ezekiel: The Hermeneutics of Scribal Addition in the Ancient Text Witnesses of the Book of Ezekiel”

Scott Savran, “Eloquent Tribesmen, Dignified Sheikhs, and Pompous Kings: Conceptualizing Early Islamic Historical Accounts of Arab-Sasanian Encounters in the Context of the ‘Abbasid High Culture'”

Brian Ulrich, “Constructing al-Azd: Tribal Identity and Society in the Early Islamic Centuries”

Sarah Wobick-Segev, “Make Yourself at Home: Jewish Belonging and Sociability in Berlin, Paris and St. Petersburg, 1890-1950s”

Jennifer Coburn, “Atatürk, Islam, Modernity and Turkish Education: A Comparative, Historical Analysis”

Kent Reynolds, “Psalm 119: Promoting Torah, Portraying an Ideal Student of Torah”

Eric Tully, “The Translation and the Translator of the Peshitta of Hosea”

Jennifer Coburn, “Atatürk, Islam, Modernity and Turkish Education: A Comparative, Historical Analysis”

Vanessa Walker, “Ambivalent Allies: Advocates, Diplomats, and the Struggle for an ‘American’ Human Rights Policy”

Eric Ehrenreich, “Genealogy and Genocide: The Nazi ‘Ancestral Proof’ and the Institutionalization of Racism”

Robert Holmstedt, “The Relative Clause in Biblical Hebrew: A Linguistic Analysis”

Joshua Shanes, “National Regeneration in the Diaspora: Zionism, Politics and Jewish Identity in Late Habsburg Galicia 1883-1907”

Marcel Rotter, “‘Ätzende bilder, beiβende worte’: kontinuitäten und diskontinuitäten in der semiotischen struktur von text-/bildmotiven im deutschen propagandaplakat des 20. Jahrhunderts”

Joshua Shanes, “National Regeneration in the Diaspora: Zionism, Politics and Jewish Identity in Late Habsburg Galicia 1883-1907”

Former Hebrew University Mosse Exchange Fellows:

Uria Gilad (PhD)
Gaya Nemet (MA)

Yotam Ben-Horin (PhD)
Elitzur Gluck (MA)

Ayana Sassoon (PhD), “Food, Identity and Social Relations among Jews in Germany and the Netherlands during the Second World War”

Emmi Cohen (MA)

Mor Geller (MA), “Cinema, Survey, Speech: Knowledge and Cultural Production in East German Audience Surveys. 1970-1989”

Noy Nahum (MA), “The Israeli Foucault: A Transfiguration of an Image”

Tom Eshed (PhD), “Holocaust Diplomacy: Commemorating the Shoah in Israeli Cultural Diplomacy, 1953-2005”

Taili Hardiman (MA), “Observing in Depth: Harriet Martineau’s Science of Society” [COVID-19 pandemic limited travel to summer 2023]

Yuval Gabay (MA), “Throwing the Story into the Ring: How Perugia 1046 Introduces the Stories in Compilatio Assisiensis into the Franciscan Debate” [COVID-19 pandemic prevented travel]

Boaz Berger (PhD), “The rise of Political Responsibility in British Parliamentary Culture, 1780-1790”

Adi Armon (Visiting Assistant Professor), “Leo Strauss Between Weimar and America”

Michal Friedman (MA), “Something so New and National: Turtles in English Cookery books in the 18th and 19th century”

Adi Armon (Visiting Assistant Professor), “Leo Strauss Between Weimar and America”

Tobias Bitterli (PhD), “Unicorns, Giants and Dwarfs – Cabinets of Curiosities and the Organization of Knowledge in 16th and 17th century Holy Roman Empire”

Omri Shafer-Raviv, “The Creation of Israeli Control over the Palestinian Population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, 1967-1969”

Idit Ben Or, “Non-governmental Monies in Early Modern England: A Social, Political and Material Culture Analysis”

Rebekka Grossmann, “Emergence of a Jewish ‘National Optics’ in Eretz Israel between 1920 and 1960”

Avinoam Yuval Naeh, “Jews, Jewishness and the Commercialization of English Society in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries”

Mishy Harman, “A Man on a Mission: The Life and Times of Samuel Gobat, 1799-1879”

Anna Krakovsky

Marit Ronen, “Attitudes toward Disability in Anglo-Saxon England”

Hanan Harif, “The ‘Revival of the East’, pan-Semitism and pan-Asianism within Zionist Discourse”

Dror Klein, “Mehmed Handžić and Al-Jawhar al-Asna”

Samuel Barnai, “Soviet Jews in the post-Stalin era, 1953-1964”

Yohai Cohen, “Horror on the Wall: The Holocaust Image in Yad Vashem’s History Exhibition, 1956-2005”

Amihai Katz, “Herzl and Guedemann: The Nationalist Question and the Habsburg Empire”

Adi Armon, “The Development of Leo Strauss’ Political Teachings”

Arad Gigi, “The Materiality of Empire: Forts, Labor, and the Colonial State in the French Lesser Antilles 1661-1776”

Anna Gutgarts, “Jerusalem in the 12th Century: Systematic Analysis of a Developing Urban Landscape

Noa Kaspin, “We Shall Remember Them All”
Commemoration of Fallen Soldiers and Terror Victims in Israel

Alex Hazanov, “Porous Empire: Foreign Visitors And The Post-Stalin Soviet State”

Lior Libman, “Shadows over the Land Without Shade: Iconizing the Israeli Kibbutz in the 1950s, acting-out post Palestinian-Nakba Cultural Trauma”

Tali Berner, “Children and Childhood in Early Modern Ashkenaz”

Masha Halevi, “Reshaping a Sacred Landscape: Antonio Barluzzi and the Rebuilding of the Catholic Shrines in the Holy Land – Political, Geographical and Cultural Influences”

Smadar Perry, “Ideology and Legal Culture in Radhabinod Pal’s Dissentient Judgment: an Historical Interpretive Discussion”

Asya Bereznyak, “Between Baptism and Faith: A New Perspective on the Christianisation of Europe in the Early Middle Ages”

Udi Greenberg, “Cold War Weimar: German Émigré Intellectuals and the Weimar origins of the Cold War”

Jonathan Lewy, “The Drug Policy of the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany in the First Half of the 20th Century”

Gadi Leshman

Ran Segev, “The Science of Faith: Religious Worldviews and the Study of Nature in the Spanish World, 1530s-1640s”

Scott Ury, “Red Banner, Blue Star: Radical Politics, Democratic Institutions and Collective Identity Among Jews in Warsaw, 1904-1907”

Na’ama Cohen-Hanegbi, “Caring for the Living Soul: Emotions, Medicine and Penance in the Late Medieval Mediterranean”

Arik “Arie” Dubnov, “Between Zionism and Liberalism: Isaiah Berlin and the Dilemma of the Jewish Liberal Intellectual”

Karin Micheli

Yaniv Oded, “Constructing a Working Model for the Study of Nationalism”

Amit Perl

Ofer Ashkenazi, “Making sense of modernity: film and liberalism in the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933”

Ron Fecundo Lerer, “Avoiding the French Tragedy: Raymond Aron and the Franco-Algerian War”

Adi Gordon, “The German-Jewish ‘Generation of 1914’ in the Weltbühne and the Brit Shalom”

Kobi Peled, “Architexture: The Arab House as a Social Text”

Ben Blaustein, “The path of Moderation: Judge Jacob Panken and the Rise of Social-Democracy in New York City: A Research Essay”

Inbal Tzuk, “Testing the ‘Untested’: the ‘Experimentalism’ of Wonder in Gerald of Wales’ ‘Topographia Hibernica'”

Rona Yona, “Zionists without Borders: Polish Pioneers and the Rise of the Labor Movement, 1923-1936”

Guy Geltner, “Medieval Prisons: Marginality at the City Center, 1250–1400”

Tamar Herzig
, “Holy Women, Male Promoters, and Savonarolan Piety in Northern Italy, c. 1498-1545”