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Junior Year Abroad Fellows

We are seeking funding for this program and hope it will resume in 2016/17 academic year. Awards are not available at this time. 

JYA students will take on a project that focuses on inter-religious engagement as an agent for peacemaking and social change.  Students will receive financial awards towards the cost of doing a project or research that they would not be able to afford otherwise.  Projects may include a field work experience or independent community-based research project under in-country JYA faculty supervision. We will accept applications after your JYA program acceptance but before you have started your semester; we also welcome applications during your JYA, as you discover unexpected opportunities to learn about religion and inter-religious engagement as a part of your JYA experience. Projects or placements may be with either religious or secular organizations as long as the work meets the Tanenbaum Fellowships goals for inter-religious understanding.  It is expected that projects will be at least four to six weeks long.

Awards will be up to $1,000 per student to support the costs associated with the project. Up to $4,000 will be awarded annually for JYA fellowships, or approximately $2,000 per semester.  Typical expenses might be costs related to travel, conference fees, production costs, entrance fees, etc.

JYA Fellows will be responsible for developing their own field placement or community-based research.  In partnership with other offices and departments on campus, the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life will seek to provide resources to assist students in finding appropriate projects or organizations.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis during the fall and spring semesters (and not during the summer months). Applications for the JYA Tanenbaum Fellows program can only be submitted after after Vassar College approval has been granted and acceptance from a JYA program received. Please note at least one of the two letters of recommendation must come from a Vassar faculty member.

JYA students are also encouraged to expand their JYA experience by applying for the Tanenbaum Inter-Religious Peace Summer Fellows program (but please remember that college policy is that Tanenbaum Summer Fellows cannot take placements in countries under U.S. State Department travel warnings).

The Tanenbaum Inter-Religious Peace Fellows Program is established in memory of Sidonie Bennett. The program has been made possible thanks to a gift to Vassar College from Sidonie Bennett's daughter, Dr. Georgette F. Bennett '67, President and Founder of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, via the Polonsky Foundation.