Call for Applications from PhD Candidates: Monthlong Research Fellowships at USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research (2023-2024)

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January 31, 2023
Subject Fields: 
Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Human Rights, Oral History, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Digital Humanities

The University of Southern California (USC) Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites proposals for three research fellowships for advanced-standing PhD candidates: the 2023-2024 Margee and Douglas Greenberg Research Fellowship; the 2023-2024 USC Shoah Foundation Robert J. Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies; and the 2023-2024 Breslauer, Rutman, and Anderson Research Fellowship.

Each fellowship provides $4,000 support and will be awarded to an outstanding advanced-standing PhD candidate from any discipline for dissertation research focused on testimony from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive and other USC resources.

The USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive is a collection of over 55,000 audiovisual testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, including the Rwandan, Armenian, Guatemalan, Cambodian genocides, the Nanjing Massacre in China, anti-Rohingya mass violence, and war and genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The majority of testimonies are life history interviews in which interviewees discuss their lives before, during, and after genocide and mass violence. With interviews conducted in 65 countries and in 44 languages, testimonies capture both the individual experience of mass violence and the social and cultural history of the 20th century on a global scale. Learn more about the Visual History Archive and its collections here.

The recipient will be required to spend one month in residence at the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research in Los Angeles during the 2023-2024 academic year. Each fellow will be expected to provide the Center with fresh perspectives, to play a role in Center activities, and to give a public talk during the stay.

Award decisions for each fellowship will be based on the originality of the research proposal and its potential to advance research with testimonies in the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive or other internationally unique and growing research resources at USC, including a Holocaust and genocide studies collection at Doheny Memorial Library with 30,000 primary and secondary sources and a Special Collection containing private papers of German and Austrian Jewish emigrants, including Lion Feuchtwanger, from the Third Reich.

The USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research distinguishes itself from other Holocaust and genocide research institutes by offering access to unique research resources and by focusing its research efforts on the interdisciplinary study of currently under-researched areas. (For more information, visit our website here.)

Applications are due by January 31, 2023.

For application instructions, view or download the full Call for Applications here.

Contact Info: 

Martha Stroud
Associate Director, USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research

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