Accepting Applications through November 15, 2019

Apply at: https://apply.ushmm.org

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies awards fellowships to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. Awards are granted on a competitive basis. 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.


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.

The Mandel Center’s activities span both the fifth floor of the Washington Museum and the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center in suburban Maryland. Fellowship winners will have access to flexible work space stations, computer, telephone, facsimile machine, and photocopier. Mandel Center Fellows also have access to the Museum’s extensive resources, including approximately 102 million pages of Holocaust-related archival documentation; library resources in over 60 languages; hundreds of thousands of oral history, film, photo, art, artifacts, and memoir collections; a Holocaust survivors and victims database; plus over 200 million images from the International Tracing Service. The Museum’s artifact collection is readily accessible to research at the new Shapell Center.

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. 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.

2020-2021 Fellowships may start as early as September 1, 2020, and must be completed no later than December 31, 2021.


All applications must be submitted in English via an online application process, which will close on November 15, 2019. 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 competition should be received on November 15, 2019, 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 collections.ushmm.org.

Decisions for the 2020-2021 Fellowship Competition will be announced by late April 2020.

Contact Information:

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


AGHI Humanities Summer Internship Grant Opportunity

AGHI is pleased to announce support for Hopkins humanities students with an unpaid internship during the summer of 2019. Stipends will be awarded based on merit and need. The goal of these awards is to reduce financial pressure on students, allowing them to explore professional opportunities by choosing the best possible summer experience.

Eligibility: The grantee must be a declared humanities major or, if a freshman, a student who has demonstrated clear intent to pursue a humanities major through coursework, meetings with program faculty, extra-curricular activities, etc. Only current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible.

Awards will only be given to students who can demonstrate that they will be engaged in an unpaid summer experience of significant merit and time commitment.

To Apply: Send the following as a single PDF attachment by email to aghi@jhu.edu no later than May 1, 2019:

A letter describing anticipated summer activities, including details of time commitment, responsibilities, mentorship or supervision, or other evidence of seriousness of purpose, along with an explanation of the significance of the opportunity for academic and professional development and an explanation of why funds are necessary to take on this opportunity which includes a description of your anticipated costs.

Directed supporting materials are encouraged, including (as appropriate) a copy of the internship description, student’s internship application cover letter, confirmation of the offer of the internship, and communications from summer supervisors or mentors.

The letter of application must confirm that this is an unpaid experience. Students may be asked to demonstrate this and/or their commitment to the opportunity, depending on the circumstances.

Application Review: AGHI will review the applications promptly and expects to have replies to students by May 10.

Sheridan Libraries Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards, Co-Sponsored by the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute

Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA) are available for students working on relevant humanities and social sciences research projects that specifically utilize primary source materials in the rare book, manuscript, and archival collections of the Sheridan Libraries at JHU. These collections span 5,000 years of rare and unique objects and texts, from ancient cuneiform tablets and Egyptian papyri fragments to illuminated medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunabula, and earliest illustrated books, to masterpieces of 18th-century fine printing and the graphic arts. The collections also comprise contemporary material, including African American photography in Baltimore; U.S. suffrage movement records; oral histories with faculty and staff at Johns Hopkins; and a growing 20th century LGBTQ collection. Also of relevance to Sheridan Libraries/AGHI DURA candidates are the University Archives, which preserve the history of Hopkins and the papers of many of the most influential faculty members ever to conduct research and teaching at JHU.

These collections are held collectively in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library Department of Special Collections, the George Peabody Library in downtown Baltimore, and the John Work Garrett Library at Evergreen Museum & Library in North Baltimore. Students may consult these collections in the Reading Room of the Brody Learning Commons on the Homewood Campus during regular operating hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday). Sheridan Libraries/AGHI DURA Fellowships may also include research using the rich rare book collections of the Institute for the History of Medicine in East Baltimore, whose primary source holdings are integrated into the Sheridan Libraries’ online catalog, Catalyst.

The Sheridan Libraries/AGHI DURA awards support research conducted over the summer months only (May to August 2019) and are meant to be used as cost-of-living stipends for awardees for the duration of their research. In recent years, awards have consisted of $1,250 for a four-week research period, up to a maximum of $3,750 for a 12-week period of funding, although levels may vary based on the application. Any additional research expenses during the research period must be drawn from the total amount of the student award, though some costs such as digitization may be possible without charge. Students typically live in Baltimore for the summer months of this research, and use the Libraries’ collections for intensive research; a minimum of 25 hours per week of work with the designated research materials is required.

Applicants must identify a faculty and/or curatorial mentor to direct a Sheridan Libraries/AGHI DURA project, who can help applicants identify materials for research and formulate a realistic project proposal well in advance of the application deadline. We are especially interested in projects that address themes of diversity and inclusion; creative interpretations of collections through public humanities projects are also welcome. Research outcomes might take the form of a traditional research essay, a digital exhibition, a video, or something else entirely. At the satisfactory completion of an awarded Sheridan Libraries/AGHI DURA Award, a formal certification will be placed in the successful applicant’s permanent academic record.

Application Instructions

The fellowships are restricted to freshman, sophomore, and junior applicants; seniors graduating in 2019 are not eligible. Applicants should NOT use the standard Krieger School DURA application form. Questions and applications may be directed to the Sheridan Libraries/AGHI DURA Program contact, Joseph Plaster, Curator in Public Humanities, jplaster@jhu.edu. Applications must include:

A two- to three-page, single-spaced proposal that addresses each of the following: (1) the specific topic to be explored and question(s) you want to investigate; (2) specific rare book, manuscript, oral history and/or archival materials in the Sheridan Libraries’ collections and (if relevant) at other archives that you propose to examine; (3) qualifications for conducting the research (e.g., your undergraduate status, general academic interests, related classes, personal experience, work experience, related research); (4) your timeline for completion of the project scheduled in weekly intervals, including how often you and your mentor will meet about the project; (5) expected outcome of the project (e.g., honors thesis, essay, exhibition, digital project); (6) an itemized award budget.

One letter of recommendation from your proposed faculty or curatorial DURA mentor. This letter of recommendation may simply be sent via e-mail from your advisor directly to Joseph Plaster, the Sheridan Libraries/AGHI contact: jplaster@jhu.edu. This letter should include specific information about how long and in what capacity the faculty or curatorial mentor has known the student, the student’s academic strengths, qualifications, ability to conduct independent research, and the general quality of the research proposal.

The application deadline is March 8, 2019, by 11:59 p.m., all materials sent via e-mail to jplaster@jhu.edu. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed after that date. The approximate date of notification will be sent to all applicants will be March 22, 2019.