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Damaged mural of the Western Wall in Jerusalem; synagogue in Rymanow, Poland


We are happy to share these Calls for Fellowship Applications:

-- JDC Archives Fellowships (in New York or Jerusalem)

      Deadline for submissions --  January 21, 2018  (or Feb. 15 for documentary film grant)

--- GEOP Research Fellowships for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Candidates at POLIN Museum and Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw

Deadline for submission -- February 28, 2018





JDC Archives Fellowships (in New York or Jerusalem)

Five or six fellowships will be awarded each year to deserving scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or Jerusalem. Research topics in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, general history, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections.

Available Fellowship Opportunities:

The Fred and Ellen Lewis JDC Archives Fellowship

The Ruth and David Musher JDC Archives Fellowship

The Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin JDC Archives Fellowship

The Max and Cecil (Steuer) Chesin JDC Archives Fellowship

The JDC Archives Regional Fellowship

The Martin and Rhoda Safer JDC Archives Fellowship


Selection of Fellows

Candidates must submit applications by January 21, 2018 to the JDC Archives online. An Academic Advisory Committee consisting of leading scholars and members of the JDC Archives Committee will be responsible for selecting the fellows.

NOTE: There is also a Documentary Film Grant, with a February 15 deadline

Fellowship Details

  • Stipends may be used towards travel, transportation, and living expenses.
  • Funds may not be used for family members.
  • Fellowship holders agree to deliver a public presentation on their research.
  • Fellowship holders agree to deliver a public presentation on their research


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GEOP Research Fellowships for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Candidates at POLIN Museum and Jewish Historical Institute

POLIN Museum’s Global Educational Outreach Program is offering up to four doctoral (three months)  and post-doctoral (five months) fellowships in residence at POLIN Museum and the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute (ŻIH). The fellowship stipend is $6,000 (for three months) and $10 000 (for five months), payable in Polish Zlotys.

The goal is to support scholarship on Jewish history and culture in the territories of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its successor states and to develop a new cohort of scholars who are experts in this field. We also intend to support projects in Museum Studies that focus on Jewish history and culture in these territories. The aim of the fellowships is to stimulate the development and growth of a group of researchers who specialize in this field. A preference will be given to projects that require research in the collections that are located in Warsaw archival and scholarly institutions including POLIN Museum. 

Fellows will draw on POLIN Museum’s Core ExhibitionResource Centerlibrary, and collection and on its expert staff. They will also have access to the archive, library, and collection of the Jewish Historical Institute, as well as to libraries, archives, and academic institutions, research centers in Warsaw.

Fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • present their work-in-progress during seminars and doctoral seminars;
  • participate in the full program of lectures, workshops, and conferences at POLIN Museum and the Jewish Historical Institute;
  • conduct research in archives and libraries in Warsaw and Poland;
  • consult with an assigned mentor from POLIN Museum, the Jewish Historical Institute, or other academic institution in Warsaw or Poland.


PhD Candidates may apply for a  three month fellowship and post-doctoral researchers may apply for a five month fellowship. Candidates for fellowships must have a working knowledge of English and a passive knowledge of other languages needed for the research project. Applicants from any discipline related to the history and culture of Polish Jews may apply. Applicants from doctoral programs from the United States and Canada should be ABD. Those from Europe, Israel, and other countries should be within two years of completing their PhD. Post-doctoral candidates must have completed PhD within the past five years. Female candidates who have had a child in this period must have completed PhD within the past seven years.

Application Process

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae (no longer than four pages), a detailed statement of current research, including work plans during the fellowship (up to 2000 words), and one writing sample (no more than 25 pages). Applications should be submitted in English and PDF format to

Two letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by the recommenders in English by e-mail to Members of the Selection Committee (see below) may not write letters of recommendation. Only two letters will be considered.

  • -- Application deadline: February 28, 2018
  • -- Deadline for letters of recommendation: February 28, 2018
  • -- Decisions will be announced by April 16, 2018.
  • -- Applications and letters of  recommendation, sent after this deadlines will be not accepted.
  • Fellowships may start as early as October 2018, and should be completed no later than July  2019.

For more information, please email:

The GEOP Research Fellowship is offered by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in cooperation with the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute within the framework of the Global Education Outreach Program. This program was made possible thanks to the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.





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