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Writing Retreat

Call for Applications

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is pleased to announce an annual writing retreat for Holocaust scholars. This competitive program is part of the Broadening Academia Initiative, a larger initiative designed to support the production of scholarship on the Holocaust and to provide access to the USHMM’s world-class collections to scholars who are untenured, contingent or working outside of academia. More specifically, this writing retreat is designed to provide time and space to work on original research projects and to build and sustain a community of Holocaust scholars that transcends institutional and disciplinary boundaries. 

The writing retreat will take place July 21-26, 2024, at Airlie Hotel & Conference Center, nestled in the Virginia countryside, 45 minutes from Washington, D.C. All participants must be able to commit to attending the entire retreat. The retreat will provide participants with five (5) nights’ lodging, all meals, and transportation costs reimbursable up to $1,000. Participants are responsible for securing transportation to and from Airlie Hotel & Conference Center.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Marcus Foundation Inc. 


  • Applicants must have earned a PhD. 

  • Applicants must be North American-based Holocaust scholars who are untenured, contingent, or working outside academia.

  • Applicants must be in the writing phase of an original research project related to the field of Holocaust studies.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted in English via our online application and consist of the following:

  • An online application form

  • A current CV

  • A summary (no more than three double-spaced pages) that includes:

    • What you plan to work on during the retreat

    • Why this retreat would be beneficial at this stage of your project

Application deadline: March 22, 2024

Contact Information

Broadening Academia Initiative Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC 20024-2126