Davis Peace Prize


At least one Brandeis Student will win


Davis Projects for Peace is an invitation to undergraduates to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2013. The projects judged to be the most promising and do-able will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace.

Application deadline: January 18th, 2013

Interested in applying? Speak with Professor Gordie Fellman (fellman@brandeis.edu) prior to Winter Break

Questions? Contact Cheryl Hansen at chansen@brandeis.edu


SJSP Internship Panel

Want to put your social justice education into action?

Social Justice Internship Panel

Come hear how other Brandeis students have done it!

Meet, mingle, network and get ready to make change!

Plus.. FREE FOOD (pizza & drinks).





Funding opportunities for Ph.D. Students

Tauber Institute Graduate Research Awards
The Tauber Institute offers grants of up to $5,000 for pre-dissertation and dissertation research in any academic discipline of Jewish Studies. Application deadline: December 7, 2012. Read more.

GSAS Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowships
Awards a 12-month stipend ($2,750/month) and a $2,000 research fund for students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are in the final year of dissertation writing. Only students who will be entering their fifth- or sixth-year in the fall 2013 may apply for this fellowship. Fellows commit to graduating by May or August 2014. Application deadline: January 31, 2013. Read more.
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)
The DoD offers these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals. Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance. Application deadline: December 14, 2012. Read more.Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships
These fellowships are intended to support students researching and writing doctoral dissertations that address the nature of international conflict and ways to prevent or end conflict and sustain peace. Dissertation projects from all disciplines are welcome. Priority will be given to projects that will help inform policy on international peace and conflict issues. The fellowships award up to $20,000 for 10 months. Citizens of any country may apply. Application deadline: December 14, 2012. Read more.

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship
The purpose of this fellowship is to fund graduate students studying and conducting research in the U.S. who have demonstrated a need for financial assistance. The fellowships also aim to attract students with an outstanding academic record who hold promise in their chosen field of study. The award includes tuition and a $18,000 stipend. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. All applicants must turn in the hard copy of their completed application to Brooke Ball at GSAS (MS 031) no later than January 14, 2013. Please do not staple any parts of your application. GSAS will then submit its three nominees’ applications to the DZL by the postmark deadline. Read more.

Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship
The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) program supports students pursing a Ph.D. in areas such as high-energy density physics, low-energy nuclear science or properties of materials under extreme conditions. The fellowship includes: a $36,000 yearly stipend, payment of all tuition and fees, a 12-week research practicum, and a $1,000 yearly academic allowance. The fellowship is renewable for up to four years. Application deadline: January 16, 2013. Read more.Institute of Historical Research (IHR) Mellon Fellowships
The Fellowships are intended to help students registered as doctoral candidates work in original source materials in the humanities in the United Kingdom.The Pre-dissertation Fellowship (stipend value USD $5,000) is offered for a maximum of 2 months and is intended to help candidates draw up and revise a dissertation proposal.The Dissertation Fellowship (stipend value USD $25,000) is offered to candidates already working on their dissertation and who need to spend time in the United Kingdom to carry out archival research. Application deadline: January 21, 2013. Read more.

Boren Fellowships
The National Security Education Program’s (NSEP) Boren Fellowships are intended to support students who will study languages and cultures deemed critical to U.S. national security and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. Fellowships enable both master’s and doctoral level students representing a broad range of academic and professional disciplines to add a significant language and international dimension to their curricula. The NSEP service requirement stipulates that an award recipient work for the federal government in a position with national security responsibilities. Fellowships provide support for overseas or domestic study, or a combination of both. The maximum level of support for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000. Application deadline: January 31, 2013. Read more.

Ma’ase Olam

 Ma’ase Olam (Hebrew for ‘deed’ or ‘action’) is a volunteer program in Israel that runs 10-month long service-learning fellowships for people ages 21-30. The two engaging opportunities include: The Israel Teaching Fellows and The Israel Service Fellows.

Teaching Fellows will take an active part in closing the education gap in Israel’s education system through volunteering as English teachers’ aides in schools in Rehovot, Israel.

Service Fellows volunteer as informal educators and design community development and empowerment projects for Jews, Arabs, and Druze in Akko, Israel.

If you are graduating soon and have an interest in sociology, peace, conflict and coexistence studies, social justice and social policy, you should consider Ma’ase Olam!

SJSP Internship Panel

Looking for a Social Justice Internship for this spring or summer?
Come check out the SJSP Internship Panel with students who have had SJSP internships. Find out about different internship opportunities, network with key people working with these organizations, ask questions and get prepared for your internship search! Plus, FREE FOOD 🙂
December 6th, 6:00-7:00pm. PEARLMAN LOUNGE!

Workshop: Creative Activism & Organizing for Power

Where: Lurias in Hassenfeld Conference Center (Upper sherman!)
Time: 6-9 PM
When: THIS WEDNESDAY! 11/14/2012
Joshua Kahn Russell (‘Deis class of ’06) http://aidandabet.org/roster/russell-joshua-kahn/ is coming back to campus to offer a kinesthetic, fun and engaging training on organizing, campaigning, and nonviolent direct action. It weaves together interactive activities, storytelling, and practical hands-on tools to become powerful and effective activists. Joshua is an action coordinator, facilitator & trainer with 350.org, and has trained thousands of activists. Joshua is an editor of Beautiful Trouble (O/R Press 2012), and co-author of Organizing Cools the Planet: Tools and Reflections to Navigate the Climate Crisis (PM Press 2011). He has helped win campaigns against banks, oil companies, logging corporations, and coal barons; and helped organize the Tar Sands Action against the Keystone XL pipeline. “

Talk with Doug McAdam, professor from Standford University!


Doug McAdam:
The Continuing Significance of Race in America’s Politics of Inequality

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
3 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall
Goldfarb Library

Doug McAdam is a professor of sociology and director of urban studies at Stanford University and the author of two books on the civil rights movement including “Freedom Summer,” which was a follow up study of the lives of those who applied to take part in the 1964 Mississippi Summer project 20 years later.

More recently, he has sought to assess the ongoing civic effect of participation in Teach for America, the relationship between neighborhood religious and civic life in Chicago, and to explain county level variation in the burning of churches in the United States between 1996 and 2001. His findings often have been unexpected.


”Etty” – A play on the diaries of Etty Hillsum

Check out this awesome play co-sponsored by PAX!

When? November 15th at 7:30 pm
Where? Rappaport Treasure Hall
What? Using only Etty Hillesum’s words, Susan Stein’s adaptation brings us to 1943 when Etty, a young Jewish woman, is about to be deported out of Holland. As she prepares for the three day journey eastward, she digs deeper into her soul to understand this piece of history and root out any hatred or bitterness, believing  that humanity is the best and only solution for survival. Etty’s words,  insights and beliefs reach out from the Holocaust and allow us to see the power of hope and individual thought in the most extreme circumstances. In her gentle yet forthright way, Etty asks us not to  leave her at Auschwitz but to let her have a bit of say in what she hopes will be a new world.

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