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The 2021 Henry A. Bern Memorial Essay Competition

English Essay Prize: $500

Hebrew Essay Prize (in Hebrew): $250 (chosen by Hebrew faculty)

Deadline: Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Purpose: To stimulate and encourage undergraduate excellence in the field of Jewish Studies through meaningful scholarly projects.

Eligibility: Any current Indiana University Bloomington undergraduate student, including those who graduate in December 2020 and May 2021.


  1. English research papers, essays, and creative writing are all accepted. Hebrew essays are accepted and will be judged by level.
  2. An author may submit a maximum of 2 entries, including one written with multiple authors. Essays in Hebrew may be at different levels.
  3. Entries may have been previously submitted for IU course credit.
  4. English entries must be typed and double-spaced, with footnotes wherever applicable. They should not exceed 25 pages, and must be submitted in Word.
  5. Students submitting a Hebrew essay from levels H100, H150, or H200 should submit a handwritten essay, writing on every other line – double-spaced. Students submitting Hebrew essays for the H250 or above levels should submit Hebrew typed, double-spaced submissions. Hebrew essays should clearly indicate the title (in Hebrew) and note the student's Hebrew level (H100, etc.)
  6. Both English and Hebrew entries should show numbered pages at the bottom of each page.
  7. English multimedia entries must be submitted as a URL link to a hosted website.
  8. Student name(s) must only appear on a separate “cover” sheet which should also include the student ID number(s), local and permanent home addresses, IU e-mail address, telephone number, paper/project title, and for Hebrew submissions, the student's Hebrew level (H100, etc.). Student name(s) should NOT appear in the file name or URL/host site. This information is to appear only on the cover sheet in order to maintain anonymity. Submissions will be numbered for judging purposes.
  9. Among the criteria considered significant for English submissions will be clarity, focus and development of the subject or problem, quality of evidence, use of sources, craftsmanship, and originality. Among the criteria considered significant for Hebrew essays will be correct use of language per the defined level, focus, and development of the subject matter, creativity, and originality.

Deadline: Submissions with cover sheet, should be e-mailed in Word to before midnight on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (We accept submissions any time during the 2020-2021 academic year.) Please include in subject line: “Bern Essay Submission”.

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Henry A. Bern by his family and friends.  Henry Bern was a professor of Education at Indiana University where he was committed to teaching and the world of learning.

If you have questions, call 812-855-0453 or email