Research Fellowships

Charleston Research Fellowship

The Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston invites applications for its research fellowship program. Fellowship stipends will amount to $500/week and, depending on availability, may include free housing.

Applicants must be working on projects of scholarship, public history, or artistic production that would benefit from research in Charleston. Preference will be given to those coming from out of state and those using materials from the Jewish Heritage Collection at the College’s Addlestone Library. Recipients may include senior scholars, graduate students, and independent scholars, as well as journalists, filmmakers, artists, and exhibition curators.

Applicants must submit a cover letter explaining their research needs in Charleston and the proposed length of the fellowship period; a curriculum vitae; and a 2-page proposal that describes the project. Applications should be emailed to Center director Ashley Walters, at We have two deadlines: August 1 for those hoping to visit during the academic school year (September-April) and March 1 for those hoping to visit during the summer (May-August).

Highlights of the Jewish Highlights Collection

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Congregational Records, including

  • Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim (1798-2002)
  • Brith Shalom Beth Israel (1888-2012)
  • Beth Israel Congregation, Beaufort, SC (1905-1961)
  • Temple Sinai, Sumter, SC (1789-2012)

Organizational Records, including:

  • Hebrew Orphan Society (1850-2000)
  • Hebrew Benevolent Society (1867-1984)
  • National Council of Jewish Women Charleston Section (1906-2012)
  • Jewish Community Center Papers (1920-1998)
  • Kalushiner Society landsmanshaft (1925-1936)
  • Aiken, SC, Jewish Community Collection (1923-1995)
  • Young Judea (1946-1993)
  • Chapter #143 of Aleph Zadek Aleph (1947-1958)
  • Post 237 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States (1947-1969)
  • Jewish Community Relations Committee (1958-1967)
  • Southern Jewish Historical Society (1958-2010)

Oral History Archives – over 400 recordings of Jewish South Carolinians

Holocaust Archives – dozens of manuscript collections and oral histories from survivors and liberators

A wealth of rabbinical records, family collections, unpublished memoirs, genealogical material, business records, photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, and more!