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Summer Graduate Student Research Fellowships


The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is pleased to offer annual Summer Graduate Student Research Fellowships, designed for students accepted to or currently enrolled in a master’s degree program, or in their first year of a PhD program at a North American college or university. Students who have completed more than one year of doctoral work will not be considered. 

Fellowship Details

Summer Graduate Student Research Fellowships support significant research and writing about the Holocaust and encourage MA-level and first-year PhD students to test ideas, share research findings, debate methodological or interruptive processes, and develop frameworks for their projects. Fellows are expected to participate in scheduled training seminars led by Museum staff, which introduce them to key subjects, essential tools, useful methods and approaches, as well as career opportunities in Holocaust research.

In addition, Summer Graduate Student Research Fellowships encourage participation in scholarly and publicly available educational programs offered by the Museum during the summer months. Summer Graduate Student Research Fellows work with assigned staff mentors who will advise students on their project goals and help guide their research in the Museum collections.

The Mandel Center welcomes applications from students in all academic disciplines—including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, psychology, sociology, geography, anthropology, arts and music, religious studies, and others. Students outside the field of history are encouraged to apply. Awards are granted on a competitive basis.

Residency Requirements

Summer Graduate Student Research Fellows are required to be in residence at the Museum for three consecutive months, arriving in June and departing in August each year. Specific fellowship dates vary depending upon the year. We will provide a stipend of $4,000/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 US federal and/or state tax. The Mandel Center cannot provide individual tax advice. The Mandel Center is also unable to provide visa assistance for non-US citizens.

Application Materials

The Mandel Center will hold the next competition for 2024 summer fellowship residencies, which will open on November 15, 2022. Applicants will be notified of outcomes by March 2023.  Please note that the Museum building in Washington, D.C., as well as the Shapell Conservation, Collections and Research Center in Bowie, MD, are open on a limited basis to scholars and staff. As the situation continues to change, the Mandel Center expects to continue quasi-virtual fellowships into the coming months and will discuss logistics with accepted applicants as their individual tenures approach.

All applications must be submitted in English and include:

  • An online application form.
  • A project proposal, in PDF format, not to exceed five single-spaced pages. Each proposal should address a research topic developed with a faculty member at the student’s home institution. The project proposal should include:
    • The student’s thesis statement.
    • An outline of the proposed project goals.
    • A list of resources available at the Museum that the student will need to access in order to support the research. To search the Museum’s holdings, visit
  • A curriculum vitae summary, in PDF format, not to exceed five single-spaced pages
  • 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, as well as how the fellowship might further encourage his or her studies in this area.
  • 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 as attachments from the recommender, not the applicant.

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

This program is supported by the Albert Abramson Family Foundation.