About the Scholarship

The Julius & Betty Lewis Isaacs Scholarship in Language & Literature is designed for outstanding CCNY undergraduates who are currently or planning to pursue an English major. It is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need.
The Scholarship Includes:
  • A stipend of $2,500 for every 15 credits completed (to a maximum of $20,000).
  • Individual study with professors in the Department of English.
  • Depending on the availability of funds, support for study abroad.

Eligible candidates must demonstrate passion and aptitude for humanistic studies. Though the program is centered on the study English literature, they will be expected to study foreign and classical languages as well. The program wishes to graduate students who are well-read, articulate, and at home in the world of letters and ideas. Ideally they are planning to apply to doctoral programs and pursue an academic career.

Isaac Fellows are automatically part of the English Honors Program and are expected to pursue work on an Honors thesis with a mentor. For more about the English Honors Program click here.

The Isaacs Scholarship Program Director

Mikhal Dekel is an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at CCNY and of Middle East Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of The Universal Jew: Masculinity, Modernity and the Zionist Moment (Northwestern University Press, 2011). Prof. Dekel’s articles have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals, including Journal of Comparative Literature, ELH, WSQ, Nineteenth Century Gender Studies, JSS, Callaloo, Guernica, and in several anthologies, most recently The Global and the Intimate (Columbia University Press, 2012). Prof. Dekel received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2005.