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  • Judaic Studies

    The program in Judaic Studies at UMass offers a range of exciting opportunities to explore the remarkable history and cultures of the Jewish people that span more than three millennia. Students are invited to enroll in a full range of courses in Hebrew language, Yiddish, Jewish history, Israel studies, philosophy, law, politics, and film.

  • Middle Eastern Studies

    Middle Eastern Studies at UMass is a rigorous, interdisciplinary program that allows students considerable latitude in gaining knowledge of the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. We welcome students as Middle Eastern majors, secondary majors, and minors, and also offer a minor in Middle Eastern languages.

  • HFA Scholarships

    There are two HFA scholarships that have quickly approaching deadlines.


    Please visit How to Apply for HFA Scholarships for application instructions.


    HFA Summer Internship Scholarship 2023 – $2000-$4000 – APRIL 15TH DEADLINE

    HFA Dean’s Undergraduate Scholarship and Research Fund – $1000-$3000 – MAY 15TH DEADLINE




    HFA Summer Internship Scholarship 2023 – $2000-$4000 – APRIL 15TH DEADLINE

    The HFA Summer Internship Scholarship helps students participate in valuable summer internship experiences that have great potential but offer little to no compensation. We are grateful for the generosity of HFA alumni who know how important these experiences are and who have chosen to help make them possible. This is a competitive program. Those who succeed will be pursuing a high-quality internship that is likely to further their academic and professional goals or their career exploration.

    Please note, you do not need to have an internship offer in-hand to apply for this scholarship but you need to have submitted applications for the internship(s) you are seeking. The majority of your time at the internship site should be spent on activities that enhance learning and give you substantive experience. It is important for the position to be designed so you receive ongoing feedback and guidance from your internship supervisor. Applications will be evaluated based on a clear and compelling statement describing the relationship between your professional goals or your career exploration and the internship experience. The inclusion of relevant details, the overall quality of your writing, and understandable explanations will enhance your application. Your initiative and commitment to the position should be evident. Please note preference will be given to unpaid internships.

    Students will be notified of awarded funds April 28. Prior to funding release, we require an official letter of offer with a description of the internship, start and end dates, expected total hours, and supervisor name and contact info. You will also be required to attend a meeting with the HFA Internship advisor to ensure a successful experience.


    HFA Dean’s Undergraduate Scholarship and Research Fund – $1000-$3000 – MAY 15TH DEADLINE

    This scholarship supports an undergraduate HFA student engaging in innovative humanistic research or creative inquiry during the summer. The purpose of this scholarship is to connect students and faculty in a relationship of mutual mentorship, advance students’ knowledge and skills in their disciplines, and provide opportunities that will benefit students’ future careers. The faculty member will receive a stipend.


Anne Broadbridge Wins Prestigious Manning Teaching Award

May 08, 2021

Anne F. Broadbridge, professor in the Department of History and director of the Middle Eastern Studies program, is one of five faculty across the University of Massachusetts system awarded the 2020...

Department of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies Statement on Racism

June 15, 2020

The Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies acknowledges and mourns the tragedy of the recent killings of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others before...

Broadbridge Wins 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award

April 22, 2020

We are very proud to announce that the Director of our Middle Eastern Studies Program and History Department Professor Anne Broadbridge has been awarded the 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA),...

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The Department of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies offers a number of prizes and scholarships to students with majors in the department, including two prizes awarded to graduating seniors who plan to continue their studies in the fields of Judaic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.

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