Research Support

The Berkeley Institute is occasionally able to provide ad-hoc support for UC Berkeley affiliated undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research projects in Jewish law, thought, and identity, and in Israel studies. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and decisions are made based on available funds. To request a research grant, email a brief project description and a budget draft to Dr. Rebecca Golbert,


Past Research Projects Funded by the Berkeley Institute


“Sender’s Limits on Economic Energy Sanctions”
Nir Maoz (Undergraduate Student, UC Berkeley)
In collaboration with David Zillberman (UC Berkeley Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics) and Itai Fishhandeler (Hebrew University in Jerusalem’s Department of Geography)

“Mount Scopus Midwives”
Shaina Shealy (UC Berkeley, M.A. student in Journalism
Live podcast to stream February 29th at 2 PM on PRI, article available here.

“Ethnic identity among Israeli Adolescents: Outcomes and Implications”
Maya Benish-Weisman (University of Haifa, Department of Counseling and Human Development)


“Middle Eastern Musical Intersections in Contemporary Israel”
Prof. Benjamin Brinner (UC Berkeley, Music)

“The Environmental Movement in Israel” (Dissertation support grant)
Miri Lavi-Neeman (UC Berkeley, Ph.D. candidate in Geography)


“International Influences and Judicial Decision-making in Israeli Courts”

Osnat Grady-Schwartz (Hebrew University, Law; Fulbright Scholar) with Prof. Kevin Quinn (UC Berkeley, Jurisprudence and Social Policy/Political Science)

 “Design for Environmental Collaboration in the Kidron Valley,” relating to the Kidron Valley/Wadi El Nar River Basin Restoration Project

Prof. Slav W. Hermanowicz (UC Berkeley, Engineering), and Dr. Yael Perez (UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design): Travel funds for participation in the research workshop

“Lessons from Israeli Privatization”

Prof. Malcolm Feeley (UC Berkeley, Law and Political Science)