Accepting Applications October 12, 2017–January 1, 2018.
The Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is pleased to invite applications for the 2018 Graduate Student Research Fellowship competition, designed for students accepted to or currently enrolled in a master’s degree program or in their first-year of a PhD program. Students who have completed more than one year of doctoral work will not be considered.
The Mandel Center welcomes applications from students in all academic disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, psychology, sociology, geography, and others.
The Graduate Student Research Fellowships are awarded to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust and to encourage MA-level and first year PhD students to test ideas, share research findings, debate methodological or interpretative processes and develop frameworks for their projects.
Graduate Student Research Fellows for the 2018 year are required to be in residence at the Museum for 12 consecutive weeks, arriving on June 4 and departing on August 17, 2018. The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies will provide a stipend of $3,000/month as well as an allowance to offset the cost of direct, economy-class travel to and from Washington, DC. Local awardees will not receive a travel allowance. The funds provided through this award may be subject to U.S. federal and/or state tax. Please be advised the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies cannot provide individual tax advice.
Open to those students accepted to or enrolled in an MA program or in their first year in a PhD program at a North American college or university and have legal permission to work in the United States (i.e., US citizenship, US permanent residency, or proper authorization on a US student visa). The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is unable to provide visa assistance for non-US citizens.
In addition to English, applicants are encouraged, but not required, to have fluency in one or more of the following languages: German, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovakian, Italian, and/or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies will notify all applicants of the selection results in early April 2018.
Application Materials and Guidelines
The 2018 competition is scheduled to open on October 12, 2017. Decisions will be announced in early April 2018. All applications must be submitted in English and must include:
- An online application form..
- A résumé.
- A personal statement of no more than two single-spaced pages in length. The statement should explain the applicant’s interest in the Holocaust and World War II and how the Junior Fellowship might further encourage his or her studies in this area.
- A project proposal of no more than three single-spaced pages in length. Each proposal should address a research topic developed with a faculty member at the student’s home institution.
The project proposal should include:
1. The student’s thesis statement.
2. An outline of their proposed project goals.
3. A list of resources available at the Museum that student’s will need to access in order to support their research. To search the Museum’s holdings, visit collections.ushmm.org.
- One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or dean at the applicant’s institution that speaks to the applicant’s qualifications. The letter must be signed and on institutional letterhead. Letters of recommendation should be sent from the recommender, not the applicant, as attachments to SGRA@ushmm.org.
This program is supported by the Albert Abramson Family Foundation.
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