Congratulations to Gavin Beinart-Smollan, recipient of the 2022–2023 Dissertation Grant for Graduate Students

Apr 10, 2022

The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies is pleased to announce that Gavin Beinart-Smollan has been awarded the 2022-2023 Dissertation Grant for Graduate Students.

AABS awards grants of up to $4,000 to support doctoral dissertation research and write-up in any field of Baltic Studies. Funds may be used for travel to research site, equipment, duplication or other needs as specified.

Proposals are evaluated according to the scholarly potential of the applicant, and the quality and scholarly importance of the proposed work, especially to the development of Baltic Studies. Applicants must currently be enrolled in a PhD or MA program and have completed all requirements for a PhD/MA except the dissertation. Applicants must be members of the AABS at the time of submitting their application.

The 2022 applications were evaluated by the AABS 2021-2022 Grants and Awards Committee consisting of AABS VP for Professional Development Dr. Ineta Dabašinskienė, AABS President Dr. Daunis Auers, and AABS Director-at-Large Dr. Andres Kasekamp. You can find a full list of 2022 awardees here. 

Gavin Beinart-Smollan is a PhD candidate at New York University in the joint program between Hebrew & Judaic Studies and History, where he is researching the transnational family connections of Lithuanian Jews in the first half of the twentieth century. He holds a BA from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and an MA from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Gavin is also a graduate of NYU’s Archives and Public History program, and has worked on public history projects for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the American Association for State and Local History, amongst others.