The Center makes funds available as grants to students and faculty who are interested in pursuing research in Jewish Studies or Israel Studies. It promotes quality research in the discipline through the annual Jill Stacy Harris prize for undergraduate writing in Jewish Studies and the Crown Graduate Fellowship, which provides a year of support for the graduate student who wins the competition for this Jewish Studies funding. Additional funding is available on an ad hoc basis for undergraduate and graduate students. Past funding, for example, has made it possible for students to study accelerated Yiddish to facilitate their research. The Center has an annual competition for a post-doctoral fellowship in Israel Studies; in 2016-2017 we will announce a new post-doctoral fellowship for scholars of Judeo-Spanish literature and culture. Faculty research is supported by grants that cover conference participation, archival travel and support for Northwestern-based conferences and workshops.