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Museum Teacher Fellowship Program

Due to COVID-19, a new Museum Teacher Fellowship class will not be selected in 2021. Please check back in the fall of 2021 for information about the 2022 application. We encourage you to participate in ongoing Museum opportunities for educators. Please direct any questions to Kim Blevins-Relleva, Program Coordinator, at kblevinsrelleva@ushmm.org

The Museum Teacher Fellowship Program seeks to train leaders in the field of Holocaust education. The fellows are a national corps of skilled educators who assist the Museum’s efforts to promote quality Holocaust education that is rooted in accurate history and responsible pedagogy.

The Museum’s teacher training programs ensure that learning how and why the Holocaust happened is an important component of education in America and strengthens students' critical thinking about their roles in society.

About the Program

Established in 1996, the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program has developed a national corps of skilled educators to help lead the Museum’s efforts to ensure quality Holocaust education in secondary schools. To date, over 430 teachers have become a part of the corps, working to serve as conduits to the Museum for educators, institutions, professional organizations, and community groups in their regions and assisting the Museum in educational outreach and resource creation. 

Each year, the Museum selects up to 15 educators—from grades 7 through community college—as new Museum Teacher Fellows. These educators must show evidence of knowledge of Holocaust history, successful teaching experience, and participation in community and professional organizations. Attending the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators, the Museum's foundational teacher education program, is a prerequisite for the Fellowship application.

Fellows participate in the Pines, Sarna, Statfeld Summer Institute for the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program held at the Museum in Washington, DC. This five-day institute is designed to immerse Fellows in advanced historical and pedagogical issues.  Travel, hotel, and meals are provided at no cost to participants. Following the institute, they are expected to organize and implement a professional development event for educators in their schools, communities, or professional organizations that introduces USHMM resources to their community. In July of the following year, they attend a follow-up program at the Museum to share their efforts and to continue their study of the Holocaust with Museum staff and noted speakers.

Application Requirements

The Museum welcomes applications from middle, high school, and community college teachers of history, social studies, foreign languages, English, journalism, and other related disciplines. Applicants must teach in the United States and have a minimum of five years of experience teaching about the Holocaust. Additionally, applicants must have attended the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators.