CALL FOR APPLICANTS: 2020 Exhibition Research Fellowship - Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College-CUNY

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The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) at Queensborough Community College-CUNY in Bayside, Queens is looking for a Fellow to conduct secondary research and writing for its next exhibit set to launch in September 2020. The exhibit is tentatively titled, The Concentration Camps: The Nazi System of Incarceration and Genocide, and will feature historical summaries, infographics, images, maps, artifacts, and survivor testimonies. The content in the exhibit will be integrated into curricula across multiple academic disciplines at the college, as well as in related community programs. The fellowship runs from mid-January 2020 to August 31, 2020 and includes a stipend ranging from $8,000 to $10,000, depending upon the Fellow’s experience, scholarship in Holocaust/genocide studies, and publication history. The Fellow will report to both the KHC’s Curator-in-Residence and Executive Director (the Project Leads) and will work onsite a minimum of two days a week. The Fellow is expected to:

  • Gather secondary scholarship about the exhibit’s topic from reputable organizations and scholars
  • Compile and organize images, data, infographics, maps, and objects/artifacts appropriate to the exhibit, as well as obtain associated copyrights and permissions
  • Deliver an information framework broken down by overarching themes and topical sections that showcases how the exhibit’s content will be presented
  • Draft and edit short passages of text that will be used in the exhibit’s didactic panels and catalogue
  • Draft curricular materials and additional deliverables for possible use in Library Guides or syllabi
  • Coordinate the recording of approximately fifteen to twenty interviews with Holocaust survivors

Eligibility: A Ph.D. in Holocaust studies received within the last five years is required; applicants specializing in the history and organization of the concentration camps will be given preference. Ph.D. candidates who are ABD with applicable research interests may also be considered. Applicants must have strong organizational, writing, and copyediting skills as well as the ability to compile, evaluate, and distill dense subject matter into easily understood concepts within short timeframes. Candidates must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States (US) as well as possess a US social security number by the start of the fellowship (as required by QCC-CUNY). The KHC is unable to provide visa assistance and fellows are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations and health insurance.


Applications: To apply, please email a single .pdf file that includes a cover letter, resume, one writing sample, and one letter of recommendation (two letters for Ph.D. candidates) to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until January 5, 2020. Due to the high volume of applications, we regret we are only able to respond to a few candidates.


The mission of the KHC is to use the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism, and stereotyping. Established in 1983, it was one of the first research archives devoted to the Holocaust on the East Coast. Our facilities include a permanent exhibition about the Holocaust as well as a rotating gallery space, and in 2011 we were the recipients of a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Our current exhibit, Survivance and Sovereignty on Turtle Island: Engaging with Contemporary Native American Art, is the first time 16 Native American and Indigenous artists are showcasing their works about mass atrocities and genocide at a US Holocaust center (on view through May 22, 2020). We offer approximately twenty public programs and special events for Holocaust survivors, as well as host 150+ tours reaching over 2,000 students and community members annually.