Graduate Exchange

Applications for the 2022-2023 George L. Mosse Graduate Exchange are due on 1 February 2022.

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.

Rebekka Grossmann, 2016

UW-Madison to Hebrew University

The George L. Mosse Graduate Exchange will resume during the 2022-2023 academic year.

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 via email to Skye Doney
3- An unofficial UW-Madison transcript
4- 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

UW Graduate Student Exchange Experiences

2018.08 - Preston Atwood Exchange 09
2018 – Preston Lee Atwood

While I was on campus, I took advantage of its resources (e.g., restaurants; salon; ATM; bus station; market; convenience store). I attended the campus’s Giving Day and enjoyed some free pizza, soda, and ice cream. I also went on a tour of the Old City that was organized by RIS. We visited several sites of religious and cultural significance (e.g., Church of the Holy Sepulcher; David’s Citadel; Western Wailing Wall; the Cardo) and then enjoyed a light show at David’s Citadel after dusk. The artistic expression of Jerusalem’s history through lights was, in my opinion, well done and meaningful. … One of my main highlights was a lunch on campus with the other Mosse fellows at HUJ. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal in addition to our conversation about some of their experiences in Madison, my experiences in Jerusalem, the format of PhD programs at HUJ, the job market for humanities majors in the US and Israel, and, most importantly, our research interests.

– Preston Lee Atwood, 2018

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

2013 – David Harrisville photo of Rehov Mitspe

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

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

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 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

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:

Samson Olanrewaju

Chad Gibbs
Abigail Lewis

Preston Atwood

Hikaru Kumon

Valeria Navarro Rosenblatt

Aaron Dowdall
Jonathan Wiley

Lewis Freedman
Katherine Guenoun
David Harrisville
Daniel Hummel

Joshua Gedacht
Daniel Schneider

Terrance Mintner

Emmylou Grosser
Marian Halls
Michael Kelly
Benjamin Raiklin
Matt Sienkiewicz

Sean Gillen
Erika Hughes
Sonja Mekel
Maggie Wunnenberg Kirsh

David Gehring
Erika Hughes
Greg Shealy
Camarin Porter
Brian Ulrich
Sarah Wobick-Segev

Ethan Katz
Kim Lan Ngyuyen
Timothy Mackie
Scott Savran
Brian Ulrich
Sarah Wobick-Segev

Jennifer Coburn
Kent Reynolds
Eric Tully

Jennifer Coburn
Vanessa Walker

Eric Ehrenreich
Robert Holmstedt
Joshua Shanes

Marcel Rotter
Joshua Shanes

Former Hebrew University Mosse Exchange Fellows:

Mor Geller (PhD)
Noy Nahum (MA)

Tom Eshed (PhD)
Taili Hardiman (MA)

Yuval Gabay (MA)

Boaz Berger (PhD)

Adi Armon (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Michal Friedman (MA)

Adi Armon (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Tobias Bitterli (PhD)

Omri Shafer-Raviv

Idit Ben Or
Rebekka Grossmann

Avinoam Yuval Naeh

Mishy Harman

Anna Krakovsky
Marit Ronen

Yohai Cohen
Hanan Harif
Dror Klein

Samuel Barnai
Yohai Cohen
Ahimai Katz

Adi Armon
Arad Gigi
Anna Gutgarts

Noa Kaspin
Alex Hazanov
Lior Libman

Talia Berner
Masha Halevi
Smadar Perry

Asya Bereznyak
Udi Greenberg
Jonathan Levy

Gadi Leshman
Ron Segev
Scott Ury

Na’ama Cohen
Arik “Arie” Dubnov
Karin Micheli
Yaniv Oded
Amit Perl

Ofer Ashkenazi
Ron Fecundo Lerer
Adi Gordon
Kobi Peled

Ben Blaustein
Inbal Tzuk
Rona Yona

Guy Geltner
Tamar Herzig