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The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is pleased to award 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. 

Fellowship Details

A principal focus of the fellowship program is to ensure the development of a new generation of Holocaust scholars. To this end, scholars early in their careers are especially encouraged to apply. Proposals from applicants conducting research outside the discipline of history or on Mandel Center strategic priorities are also especially encouraged, including literature and the Holocaust; America and the Holocaust; projects utilizing the ITS collection; Jewish and especially Sephardic experiences of persecution; the Holocaust as it occurred in the Soviet Union; and the Holocaust as it occurred in North Africa.

The Mandel Center welcomes all proposals from scholars in relevant academic disciplines, though, including anthropology, archaeology, art history, geography, film studies, Jewish studies, law, material culture, philosophy, political science, psychology, comparative genocide studies, and others.

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.

Mandel Center Fellows also have access to the Museum’s extensive resources, including approximately 102 million pages of Holocaust-related archival documentation; library resources in over 60 languages; hundreds of thousands of oral history, film, photo, art, artifacts, and memoir collections; a Holocaust survivors and victims database; plus over 200 million images from the International Tracing Service.

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

The 2020-2021 competition is currently open. The annual Visiting Scholar Fellowship Competition opens each year on August 15 and closes on November 15.

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Mandel Center Fellowships are awarded to candidates working on their dissertations (ABD), postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars. 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 opens each year on August 15, and closes on November 15. 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. 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.

Please note the deadline for all materials.

Contact Information

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
vscholars@ushmm.org

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