Ushmm Fellowship Application Essay


The 2018-19 Fellowship Competition is closed. 
The outcome of the competition will be announced in late April 2018. 

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies awards fellowships on a competitive basis to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. We welcome proposals from domestic and international scholars in all academic disciplines, including but not limited to: anthropology, archeology, art history, geography, film studies, German studies, history, Jewish studies, law, literature, material culture, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, comparative genocide studies, and others.

About The Fellowships

The Mandel Center awards fellowships-in-residence to candidates working on their dissertations (ABD), postdoctoral researchers within five years of receiving their Ph.D., and scholars more than five years beyond the receipt of their Ph.D. as well as senior scholars. Awards are granted on a competitive basis. Because a principal focus of the program is to ensure the development of a new generation of Holocaust scholars, we especially encourage scholars early in their careers to apply.  Applicants must be affiliated with an academic and/or research institution when applying for a fellowship. We will also consider immediate post-docs and faculty between appointments.  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.   

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.

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.  Residents of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area receive a reduced stipend of $1,850 per month. Awards include a stipend to offset the cost of direct travel to and from Washington, DC.  Residents of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area do not receive a travel stipend. The funds provided through this award may be subject to US federal and/or state tax. Please be advised the Mandel Center cannot provide individual tax advice.

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.

Fellowship winners will have access to flexible work space stations, computer, telephone, facsimile machine, and photocopier. he Mandel Center’s activities span both the fifth floor of the Washington Museum and the David and Fela Shapell Collections, Conservation and Research Center in Bowie, Maryland. We encourage cost-sharing by home institutions or other relevant organizations to extend the residency of the applicant at the Mandel Center or to make possible additional research at other institutions in the Unites States and abroad.

2018-19 Fellowships may start as early as September 1, 2018, and must be completed no later than August 31, 2019. 

The Application Process

All applications must be submitted in English via an online application process. 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 2018–19 competition should be received on November 15, 2017, and come directly from the references, not from the applicantDirections 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 residency.

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. To search the Museum’s holdings, visit 

Decisions for the 2018-19 Fellowship Competition will be announced in late April 2018.
The 2018-19 Fellowship Competition is no longer accepting applications. 


Please direct inquiries to:

Jo-Ellyn Decker, Program Manager
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
Tel: 202.314.7829
Fax: 202.479.9726

The Awards

The specific fellowship and length of award are at the Mandel Center’s discretion.
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies 2018-2019 fellowships are made possible by generous donors:

  • Ben and Zelda Cohen Foundation
  • Fred and Maria Devinki Memorial Fellowship Fund
  • Gene and Neddie Mae Elkus Foundation
  • Yetta and Jacob Gelman Endowment
  • Alexander Grass Foundation
  • Phyllis Greenberg Heideman and Richard D. Heideman
  • Miles Lerman Center for the Study of Jewish Resistance
  • William S. and Ina Levine Foundation
  • William J. Lowenberg Memorial Fellowship Fund on America, the Holocaust, and the Jews
  • Matthew Family Charitable Trust
  • Margit Meissner Fund for the Study of the Holocaust in Czech Lands
  • Edith Milman Memorial Fellowship Fund
  • Judith B. and Burton P. Resnick Foundation
  • Pearl Resnick Fellowship Foundation
  • Robert Savitt Visiting Scholars Fund
  • Joyce and Arthur Schechter Endowment Fund
  • J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Charitable Trust
  • The Sosland Family
  • Initiative on Ukrainian-Jewish Shared History and the Holocaust in Ukraine
  • Diane and Howard Wohl
  • Lydia and David Zimmern Memorial Fellowship Fund 

This list may not include all potential named fellowships and is subject to modification. 


Applicants to the Mandel Center’s annual fellowship competition may also be interested in the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany’s Saul Kagan Fellowships. Kagan Fellows present their work to Mandel Center staff and fellows at the Museum on a biennial basis.

Please note these are separate fellowship programs. You may not hold a Mandel Center fellowship concurrently with other funded fellowships.

Learn more about the Claims Conference’s fellowship program.

Deadline: 01 January 2018
Open to: international and USA applicants
Fellowships: stipend of USD 3,000/month


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) is delighted to offer its Summer Graduate Student Research Fellowship. The fellowship is exclusively open for both USA and international applicants, those accepted to or currently enrolled in a master’s degree program or in their first year of a PhD program.

The aim of the fellowship is to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust and to 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.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) is the United States’ official memorial to the Holocaust. Adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the USHMM provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history.


  • Open to those students accepted to or enrolled in an MA program or in their first year in a PhD program at a North American college or university. The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is unable to provide visa assistance for non-US citizens.
  • In addition to English, applicants are encouraged, but not required, to have fluency in one or more of the following languages: German, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovakian, Italian, and/or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.


The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies will provide a stipend of $3,000/month as well as an allowance to offset the cost of direct, economy-class travel to and from Washington, DC.

How to Apply?

In order to apply fill the online application form.

All applications must be submitted in English and must include:

  • An online application form;
  • A resume;
  • 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 and how the Junior Fellowship might further encourage his or her studies in this area;
  • A project proposal of no more than three single-spaced pages in length. 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 their proposed project goals;
  • A list of resources available at the Museum that the student will need to access in order to support their research. To search the Museum’s holdings, visit;
  • 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 from the recommender, not the applicant.

For me information please visit the official website.


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