The Mosse Stipend is a multi-year scholarship named after George L. Mosse for outstanding doctoral students in the history departments of the Hebrew University.
The lauded historian George L. Mosse was a professor in Hebrew University and in the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. He bequeathed a generous fund for the promotion of history studies in the universities where he taught.
For many years the fund offered combined stipends for a duration of two years, including travel expenses for Wisconsin, as well as studies in Israel. Since 2014\2015 academic year, Mosse Foundation grants extended stipends of four years for honors doctoral students.
Eligibility for the stipend can extend at most for four years (three years for those enrolling during Stage II of their Doctoral degree). The stipend’s value is NIS 60,000 in Israel as well as full tuition coverage and an annual research grant. For the year in the University of Wisconsin, the stipend’s value is $22,000, as well as travel expenses, an annual research grant of $5,000 and assistance with travel costs and insurance costs for accompanying family members. In general, the year in Wisconsin will be either the first year or the second year of the stipend.
The stipends are intended for students of the historical departments at Hebrew University, with a preference for students of general history.
The following students are entitled to apply for the stipend:
Graduate students who are in the last year of their degree, students with a graduate degree in the academic track, or students who are in the first stages of their doctoral studies (even after the approval of the dissertation proposal), no later than two years after registration for the degree. The student’s mentor must be a staff member of one of the history departments at Hebrew University. Students receiving the Mosse stipend may not receive any other stipend from Hebrew University.
Students receiving the stipend commit to the following:
- Students receiving the stipend will not work at any paid work for a duration exceeding 11 weekly hours (under rare circumstances, the dean may approve employment of up to 22 weekly hours).
- The expectation is that students receiving the stipend will advance from Stage I to Stage II of their doctoral degree within a year, and complete their dissertation within three years of advancing to Stage II.
- Students receiving the stipend will be members of Hebrew University for the entire duration of their degree.
- The students’ chief academic activity will be within the university. Stipend receivers are the top students in the field, and they are expected to show initiative, as well as participate in seminars, study sessions and workshops within the university campus, so that their activity will serve as inspiration for others in forming a studious academic community.
Students receiving the stipend commit to one year of studies in the University of Wisconsin. They usually do so during the second year of the stipend’s duration. During their year in Wisconsin, they will participate in courses at an extent of at least 6 credits (one course may be personal guidance, usually during spring semester). Each student will be assigned a mentor from the staff of the University of Wisconsin.