Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-2021 Fellowship Competition at USHMM

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November 15, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, German History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Jewish History / Studies

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is pleased to announce the competition for the 2020-2021 Fellowship cycle is currently open.

The Mandel Center awards fellowships-in-residence to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. Annual Fellowships are designed for candidates working on their dissertations (ABD), postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars. Scholars early in their academic careers are especially encouraged to apply. The Mandel Center welcomes all proposals from scholars in relevant academic disciplines.

The specific fellowship and the length of the award are at the Mandel Center’s discretion.  Individual awards generally range up to eight consecutive months of residency; a minimum of three consecutive months is required. No exceptions are allowed. Fellowships of five months or longer have proven most effective. Fellows may not hold a Mandel Center fellowship concurrently with other funded fellowships.

The Mandel Center is able to provide visa assistance to fellows and their dependents, if necessary. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations and health insurance. We do not provide support allowances for accompanying family members.

Application Materials and Guidelines

Applicants must be affiliated with an academic or research institution. Immediate postdocs and faculty between appointments will also be considered. Applicants who have received a fellowship award from the Mandel Center in previous cycles may not re-apply unless seven years have passed since the end date of their previous residency.

Awards are granted on a competitive basis. Successful project proposals should highlight the resources available at the Museum that scholars will need to access in order to support their research. An addendum listing these resources may be attached in addition to the five-page project proposal. Important resources may also be referenced in the body of the project proposal. Visit Collections Search to search the Museum's holdings.

All applications must be submitted in English via our online application. The annual Visiting Scholar Fellowship Competition closes on November 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcomes in April 2020. All applications must consist of the following:

  • An online application form
  • A project proposal, in PDF format, not to exceed five single-spaced pages
  • A curriculum vitae summary, in PDF format, not to exceed four single-spaced pages
  • Two signed letters of recommendation that speak to the significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out. Members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council’s Academic Committee may not write letters of recommendation. Only two letters will be considered. Letters of recommendation must be received by November 15 and come directly from the references, not from the applicant. Directions on how to submit letters of recommendation will be emailed to the references only after the applicant "submits" their application.

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