USHMM Summer Graduate Student Research Fellowships 2018 (Fully-funded)

USHMM Summer Graduate Student Research Fellowships 2018 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: January 1, 2018

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is pleased to invite applications for Graduate Student Research Fellows. The Graduate Student Research Fellowships are awarded 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.

In addition, Graduate Student Research Fellowships acquaint promising students with Holocaust studies by encouraging participation in the broad range of scholarly and publicly available educational programs offered by the Museum during the summer months. Graduate Student Research Fellows will work with assigned staff mentors who will advise students on their research goals. Awards are granted on a competitive basis. Graduate Student Research Fellows for the 2018 year are required to be in residence at the Museum for 12 consecutive weeks, arriving on June 4 and departing on August 17, 2018.


  • 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. Local awardees will not receive a travel allowance. The funds provided through this award may be subject to US federal and/or state tax. Please be advised the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies cannot provide individual tax advice;
  • The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is unable to provide visa assistance for non-US citizens.


  • 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;
  • Students in all academic disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, psychology, sociology, geography, and others are encouraged to apply.
  • 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.


All materials must be received by January 1, 2018 at 12 a.m. Decisions will be announced in early April 2018. 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, as attachments to [email protected]

For more information, visit USHMM Fellowships.