Fellowships "Holocaust-related research"

The Institut für Zeitgeschichte (IfZ, Institute for Contemporary History) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (CAHS) are pleased to announce support for an exchange of scholars-in-residence. This exchange is designed for Ph.D. candidates, early postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty members for the purpose of furthering German-American partnership and commitment to cutting-edge Holocaust-related research.

The Museum and the Institute for Contemporary History invite applications from (1) U.S. citizens (or green card holders) working on a Holocaust-related subject who wish to spend up to 4 months at the Institute for Contemporary History (in Munich and/or in Berlin) during the calendar year 2013; and (2) German scholars working on a
Holocaust-related subject who wish to spend up to 4 months at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies during the calendar year 2013.

Proposals are welcomed from scholars in all relevant disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, psychology, comparative genocide studies, law, and others. Applications are limited to Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral researchers and junior faculty who received their Ph.D. in 2008 or after. Applicants must be enrolled in or faculty or staff of a degree-granting academic or advanced research institution. Applicants in transition between appointments must provide a detailed explanation.

U.S. applicants should demonstrate a need to utilize the extensive holdings of the Institute for Contemporary History and other important archives in Berlin and/or Munich. Successful applicants will be expected to participate in research and discussion groups and to deliver a lecture on their research at the Institute for Contemporary History.

German applicants should demonstrate a need to utilize the extensive holdings of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Successful applicants will be expected to participate in the scholarly life of the Center and to deliver a lecture on their research to Center staff and fellows.

Each institution will provide work space and access to a computer, telephone, and photocopier. Stipends range up to $3,100 (for American scholars the equivalent amount in Euro) per month for the purpose of defraying local housing and other miscellaneous living expenses. Awards include a one-time stipend of $1,200 to offset the cost of direct travel to and from Germany/Washington. Successful applicants are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations and health insurance. The award does not include support allowances for accompanying family members.

Application Process

Applications and supporting materials must be received by 15 December
2012. Decisions will be announced in January 2013. Applications may be
submitted in English or German and should include:

  • A project proposal not to exceed five single-spaced pages. The projectproposal should demonstrate the need to use the resources available at the IfZ/USHMM.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV). The CV should include a full list of publications to date.
  • Two signed letters of recommendation that speak to the significance of the proposed project and the applicant's ability to carry it out.


For German applicants:
Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming
Visiting Scholar Programs
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies 
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Emailcahsifzexchange [at] ushmm [dot] org

For American applicants:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Wirsching
Institut für Zeitgeschichte
Leonrodstraße 46b
80636 München/Munich
Email: wirsching [at] ifz-muenchen [dot] de


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