Scholarships and Prizes

Every year, the English Department offers its BA, MA and Doctoral students a variety of bursaries and prizes, in addition to scholarships for fully funded study trips abroad (England, Ireland, California). Below is a select list of prizes offered in recent years.


The Joseph Conrad Prize

A substantial scholarship for graduate students who intend to write an MA thesis or a PhD dissertation on Joseph Conrad. The prize (consisting of a monthly stipend) will go to the author of the best essay on Joseph Conrad. For details check the call for applications or contact



The Beckett Prize

The Beckett is a prestigious  essay competition for graduate students to attend the Samuel Beckett Summer School at Trinity College Dublin. From the school’s website:

The Samuel Beckett Summer School provides a unique experience for students, scholars and lovers of Beckett’s works. Each year we invite the world’s foremost Beckett scholars to present new lectures and seminars on all aspects of Beckett’s works. The School appeals to a wide range of Beckett enthusiasts by providing the opportunity to experience, savour and study Beckett’s works in the university where he began his intellectual life.

For more information contact Dr. Ruben Borg (



The Dickens Prize

The Dickens Project is a joint activity of eight campuses of the University of California and a few other Universities, in and outside the United States. The Hebrew University was the first one outside the USA to join the consortium. The founder and long-time coordinator of the Jerusalem branch of the Dickens Project was Professor H. M. Daleski (1926–2011).

Every year, in August, a different novel by Dickens is studied in the course of a week in the framework of “The Dickens Universe,” the central activity of the Project. The week-long course is open to the public (high-school teachers, pilots, computer experts, mathematicians, psychologists, housewives, businessmen, undergraduate students) and offers university-level credit.

The participation of the Hebrew University students in the Dickens Project was made possible by the generous donations of Mrs. Shirley Collier; after her demise, the necessary funds were donated by her brother, Colonel Palmer. With the passing of Colonel Palmer, the funds for two more years have been allocated by the President of the Hebrew University.



The Teitelbaum Prize

The prize is awarded to Graduate students for excellent work completed at undergraduate level. Winners are determined on the basis of their grade average and teacher recommendations.



Theodore A. Harris Prizes (for General Excellence & for Excellent Work on the Novel)

The Harris prizes are awarded in the memory of Theodore A. Harris, Professor of English literature, by his family, through the British Friends of the Hebrew University. Every year two Harris prizes are awarded: one for general excellence in the second year of undergraduate study, and one for the best essay on the novel.


The Sheila and Danny Deutsch Annual Prize

The Sheila and Danny Deutsch Annual Prize is awarded to the first-year full-time English Major Student with the best grade average in first-year English Department courses.




Graduate Scholarships in Memory of Emily Budick

The scholarships are intended for Graduate students whose research will focus on a topic of relevance to American Literature and Culture. There are two types of awards:

  1. $2,500, for MA students.
  2. Up to $10,000, for PhD candidates.

For details please contact the secretary of the English Department or the Department Chair.



Gisela Gross and Edward Gross Fellowship for Doctoral Research in English Literature

A sizeable one-year scholarship for doctoral students. Eligible candidates must have completed at least one year of research in the doctoral program.