The Mandel Center invites proposals from Workshop Coordinator(s) to conduct two-week research workshops at the Museum during the months of July and August. We welcome proposals from scholars in all relevant disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, anthropology, comparative genocide studies, and law.
Application deadline: October 1, 2018
About the Workshops
The workshops convene groups of no more than 10 scholars for two weeks of presentations by participants on their particular research projects; in-depth discussions of overarching research issues, priorities, findings, and conclusions; and workshop-based research using the Museum’s collections.
Workshops in 2019 will be scheduled for either July 8–19 or August 5–16.
The Museum’s resources include approximately 80 million pages of Holocaust-related archival documentation; extensive library; oral history, film, photo, art, artifacts, and memoir collections; and a Holocaust survivor database. In addition, the Museum possesses the holdings of the International Tracing Service (ITS), which contains more than 130 million digitized pages with information on the fates of 17.5 million people who were subject to incarceration, forced labor, and displacement as a result of World War II. Many of these records have not been examined by scholars, offering unprecedented opportunities to advance the field of Holocaust studies.
The Mandel Center will assign to each workshop a staff scholar with expertise relevant to the proposed topic. The Mandel Center will also provide meeting space and access to a computer and photocopier.
For nonlocal participants, awards include (1) a stipend to offset the cost of direct travel to and from each participant’s home institution and Washington, DC; (2) lodging for the duration of the workshop; and (3) $500 toward the cost of incidental expenses, which will be distributed within four to six weeks of the workshop’s conclusion. Local participants receive a stipend of $200 for the two weeks.
The Summer Research Workshop program has a two-stage application process:
In Stage One, scholars submit a preliminary application, consisting of a one-page single-spaced description of the proposed workshop detailing the research project’s focus, significance, scope, methods, objectives, and expertise required from potential participants. Applications should include CVs for no more than two Workshop Coordinators. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application in the second round.
The Mandel Center will evaluate preliminary applications according to their (1) potential contribution to scholarship in Holocaust studies; (2) potential to stimulate work in a new direction or productive area of research; (3) relationship to larger themes or issues in Holocaust studies; and (4) potential for new publications, collaborative research, or research endeavors directly resulting from the workshop.
For more information
Please address question regarding the Summer Research Workshop program and application process to:
Krista Hegburg, PhD
International Academic Programs
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126