Geffen and Lewyn Family Southern Jewish Collections Research Fellowship

Funded by the Lewyn and Geffen families, this fellowship supports research in the Rose Library’s unparalleled holdings documenting Jewish life in Atlanta, Georgia, and the South. It encourages students, professors, scholars, and authors to research Southern Jewish families, culture, businesses, activism, and politics in the South. Prominent collections include the Morris B. Abram papers, the American Jewish Committee Atlanta oral history interviews, the David R. Blumenthal papers, the Louis and Anna Geffen family papers, the Isaac Don Levine papers, the Bert and Esther Lewyn family papers, the Jacob M. Rothschild papers, and many others. Opportunities could include the origins of Alfred Uhry’s Academy Award winning film Driving Miss Daisy, the primary sources written by Rav Tuvia Geffen in hand in Atlanta in 1935 for the publication of the famous Coca Cola teshuva, and broader topics like holocaust survival, the involvement of the Jewish community in the Civil Rights, and Human Rights movements. To learn more about the collections and possibilities for research, we encourage you to explore our finding aids, and the Jewish Collections LibGuide.


  • This fellowship has a value of up to $1000.
  • In addition to meeting the minimum residency requirements, all award recipients will be required to submit a report of their experiences and work within the archive for the Rose Library Following the Fellows blog
  • All fellows are paid their award money 4-6 weeks AFTER completion of visit and submission of blog post. 
  • The application deadline is Feb 29.

Important Information for International Fellowship Applicants
Please familiarize yourself with the appropriate visa type for your desired length of stay at the Rose Library. For more information, please consult your U.S. Consulate or the Emory Office of International Student and Scholar Programs well in advance of your planned trip.