Strauss Fellowship in Medicine, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA)

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April 30, 2023
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Health and Health Care, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Human Rights, Modern European History / Studies

Open to: ABDs and junior academics

Application Deadline: April 30, 2023

The Cedars-Sinai Center for Medicine, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MHGS) invites applications for the 2023–2024 Strauss Fellowship from early-career scholars: ABDs, postdocs and assistant professors (or the equivalent professional stage). Made possible through the generosity of Dr. Franklin Strauss, this Fellowship supports scholarship addressing the intersection of health, healthcare and medicine with the Holocaust, genocide or mass violence, broadly conceived (incl. systemic racism and colonialism). Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the Center, this call is open to scholars studying relevant topics through any number of fields including, but not limited to, history, genocide studies, sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, international relations, journalism and medicine.

MHGS is situated within the Cedars-Sinai Program in the History of Medicine (PHM), a dynamic and collegial unit that comprises seven research-active core faculty and hosts regular academic programming. Our affiliation with the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Division of Graduate Research Education, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center places the Strauss Fellow on the campus of a major non-profit medical institution that houses academic enterprises and a hospital that consistently ranks among the leaders in the United States. Applications are therefore especially welcome from scholars whose projects would benefit from the Strauss Fellow’s presence in a contemporary medical center.

The 2023–2024 Strauss Fellowship is two months in duration, with flexible start and end dates during the 2023–2024 academic year. It provides $4,000 in funding per month for ABDs and $5,000 per month for PhD recipients. It also offers a maximum of $1,000 to offset travel expenses. The outstanding candidate chosen as the next Strauss Fellow will receive Cedars-Sinai library privileges, which provide access to the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. Additionally, through an agreement with the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research (CAGR), the Strauss Fellow has the opportunity to be a CAGR Visiting Scholar, which provides USC library privileges, including full access to the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, which contains over 55,000 video testimonies. The Strauss Fellowship offers ample time for research and requires only that the Fellow contributes to the intellectual life of MHGS and PHM and delivers a research-based public lecture.

Required Qualifications:

  • Engagement in research on a topic that addresses both health/healthcare/medicine and the Holocaust, other genocides or mass violence, broadly conceived.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Continue research and/or writing with the goal of publication
  • Attend the scheduled events of the Center for Medicine, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Program in the History of Medicine
  • Engage in the intellectual life of the Program in the History of Medicine
  • Deliver a public lecture about your research


To Apply:

Applications with the following required materials should be submitted in electronic form with the subject line “MHGS Strauss Fellowship Application” to

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Project Statement about the project to be pursued while holding a Strauss Fellowship (not more than 750 words)
  • Names and email addresses of two references who have agreed to write on the candidate’s behalf (please include this information in the text of your submission email)


Please direct all questions to Dr. Sari J. Siegel, Director, Cedars-Sinai Center for Medicine, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at


Cedars-Sinai is an EEO employer.