Annual Research and Writing Fellowship Competition by The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is open for applications for the year 2019-2020 to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. International students are eligible to apply for this fellowship.
The Annual Research and Writing Fellowship for Advanced Holocaust Studies awards support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. Awards are granted on a competitive basis.
Degree Level: The Mandel Center awards fellowships-in-residence to candidates working on their dissertations (ABD), postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars.
Available Subject: The Mandel Center welcomes proposals from scholars in all relevant academic disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, art history, geography, film studies, German studies, history, Jewish studies, law, literature, material culture, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, comparative genocide studies, and others. Proposals from applicants conducting research outside the discipline of history or on Mandel Center strategic priorities are especially encouraged.
Scholarship benefits: Stipends range up to $3,700 per month for the purpose of defraying local housing and other miscellaneous living expenses and are subject to US tax law. Awards include a stipend to offset the cost of direct travel to and from Washington, DC. Residents of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area receive a reduced stipend of $1,850 per month and do not receive a travel stipend. The funds provided through this award may be subject to the US federal and/or state tax. Please be advised the Mandel Center cannot provide individual tax advice.
Eligible Nationalities: International students are eligible to apply for this fellowship.
Annual Research and Writing Fellowship Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:
The Mandel Center awards fellowships-in-residence to candidates working on their dissertations (ABD), postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars. Immediate postdocs and faculty between appointments will also be considered. Awards are granted on a competitive basis. A principal focus of the 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. Applicants must be affiliated with an academic or research institution. Proposals from applicants conducting research outside the discipline of history or on Mandel Center strategic priorities are 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.
Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.
Application Procedure: All applications must be submitted in English via an online application process, found at apply.ushmm.org. The Fellowship Competition will close on November 15, 2018. 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. Any additional letters will not be included in the applicant’s file. All application materials, including letters of recommendation for the 2019-2020 competition should be received on November 15, 2018, and come directly from the references, not from the applicant. Directions on how to submit letters of recommendation will be e-mailed to the references only after the applicant “submits” their application. Please note the deadline for all materials.
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 residence.
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