The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is pleased to award fellowships to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust and related topics that would benefit from a period of residence at the Museum and access to its resources. These fellowships are designed for candidates working on their dissertations (ABD), independent scholars who recently completed their PhD, postdoctoral researchers, faculty between appointments, and advanced scholars. A principal focus of the overall fellowship program is to ensure the development of a new generation of scholars, and those early in their careers are especially encouraged to apply.
The Museum’s Collections
Mandel Center fellows have access to the Museum’s extensive resources, including:
• Approximately 120 million pages of Holocaust-related archival documents
• Library resources in more than 60 languages
• Hundreds of thousands of oral history, film, photo, art, artifacts, and memoir collections
• The Database of Holocaust Survivor and Victim Names
• More than 200 million images from the ITS Digital Archive
Benefits of Becoming a Mandel Center Fellow
A fellowship at the Mandel Center not only provides time to research and access to world-renowned archives but also an extensive network of people and institutions. From tailored onboarding meetings with Visiting Scholar Programs staff, to personal guidance through the Emerging Scholars Publications Program, to presentations by fellows and staff alike, fellows participate in an intimate environment designed to create the most fruitful research experience possible.
Many Mandel Center fellows hit their academic career milestones almost eight years earlier than the average US Historian, including publishing monographs, being promoted to professorship, and achieving tenure or tenure-track positions. Mandel Center fellowships also open doors at non-academic institutions, including nonprofit, governmental and educational organizations. Former fellows have been heavily involved as experts in the Museum’s revitalization project for it’s Permanent Exhibition, have partnered with local institutions to implement novel commemorative ceremonies, and have even testified at Congressional hearings. Whether one is researching, writing, or participating in a program, fellows are able to work on their projects while being involved in a scholarly and close community.
Fellowship Duration and Stipend
In addition, fellows receive a monthly stipend of $4,000, which may be subject to taxes, as well as a one-time travel stipend. Individual awards generally range from two to eight consecutive months of residency. Fellowships of five months or longer are most common and have proven most effective. A minimum of two consecutive months is required. No exceptions are allowed. Fellows may not hold a Mandel Center fellowship concurrently with other funded fellowships. The Mandel Center is also 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
The 2021–2022 Competition is currently closed. Applicants will be notified of competition outcomes by April 2021.
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. Applicants will be notified of the outcomes in April of the following year. Fellowships may begin in the fall of the same year in which awardees are notified. 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. Neither US Holocaust Memorial Museum staff nor members of the Mandel Center's Academic Committee may write letters of recommendation. Only two letters will be considered. Letters of recommendation must be received by the November deadline and come directly from the references, not from the applicant.
Please note the deadline for all materials.
Visiting Scholar 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