Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe PhD scholarship

The School of Divinity and the Edinburgh Jewish Studies Network are keen to support suitable candidates working in Modern Jewish Studies to apply for the above scholarship.

The scholarship is to the value of up to £17,000 per year, for a maximum of three years, for PhD study beginning in either September 2021 or January 2022.

Application details and deadline

The School of Divinity will actively support applications to the Rothschild Foundation Doctoral Fellowship by suitable candidates.

Why study here?

Edinburgh Jewish Studies Network is an interdisciplinary research community bringing together scholars located in the following schools: LLC, Divinity, HCA and SSPS. Students in the field of Modern Jewish Studies usually will have two supervisors, and these can be from different schools.

Dr Hannah Holtschneider, Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies, welcomes proposals on a wide range of topics in Jewish Studies. Her expertise primarily lies in the following areas:

  • Modern Jewish cultural history with a focus on Germany, the UK and Scotland
  • Jewish migration, religion and culture
  • Holocaust representation and memorialisation
  • Jewish/non-Jewish relations in modern Europe

In addition to these areas of expertise, joint supervision with colleagues in other Subject Areas in the School of Divinity is possible, as well as co-supervision arrangements with colleagues in parts of the University. For a list of staff with a research interest in Jewish Studies, see the Edinburgh Jewish Studies Network webpage. The Edinburgh Jewish Studies Network offers opportunities for graduate students to network within the University of Edinburgh, and with staff and students at other Scottish and northern English universities, and participate in a series of events across the academic year.

PhD students in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences have access to world-class library facilities, student research funds for archive/fieldwork/conference trips, and extensive skills training. You would have the chance to audit taught courses at undergraduate and masters level where these would enhance your research, or to participate in PhD-level reading groups. Research students are encouraged to participate in our rich array of events and activities, including works-in-progress workshops and round-table discussions with visiting scholars.


The scholarship is to the value of £17,000 per year, for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory progress reports each year and needs to be allocated according to the Foundation’s guidelines.


In order to qualify for the scholarship competition, applicants must receive an offer of place to study for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, for a project in the field of Modern Jewish Studies. Applicants must be EU citizens or citizens of another European non-EU member country, and resident in Europe for at least 2 years before the start of the funding period.

Applicants for a PhD should have at least a 2:1 honours degree with a mark of at least 65% in a relevant subject, and typically a specialist masters degree with a high level of attainment (at least 67% in both coursework and dissertation), or their international equivalents. You should also have academic training in the area of your research project.

Applications for the scholarship will be assessed by member of the Edinburgh Jewish Studies network, according to three main criteria:

  • the qualities of the applicant (qualifications/experience; preparedness for the proposed study)
  • the qualities of the research project (coherence, originality, significance)
  • the extent to which the project fits the expertise of the supervisors available and the research environment in Edinburgh.


To apply for this scholarship:

Step 1: Take a look at the research profiles of staff associated with the Jewish Studies Network to see which one(s) most closely match your interests. Contact the appropriate person (your potential supervisor) by email to discuss your proposed topic.

Step 2: Apply for a PhD* at the University of Edinburgh in the relevant area and discipline. Your proposed supervisor can advise you as to which programme is most suitable for your project. You should apply as soon as you are able, but at least one month before the scholarship deadline (ie. 15 February 2021).

Step 3: Go to the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe webpage and follow the steps and guidance of the scholarship competition, discussing your draft application with your potential supervisor. However, you have to wait for official acceptance of your PhD application before submitting the scholarship form.

*If you have already made a PhD application to the University of Edinburgh, just follow Step 3.

Further information

If you have any questions about the scholarship, please address them to your proposed supervisor.


Edinburgh Jewish Studies Network

Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe