The Kagan Fellowship Program
Each year, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) offers fellowships for doctoral and post-doctoral (new!) candidates around the world conducting Holocaust research.Through the Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies, the Claims Conference supports Ph.D. and Post-doctoral candidates pursuing advanced study of Jews who were systematically targeted for destruction or persecution by the Nazis and their allies between 1933 and 1945 (and immediate post-war). Supported research can include: the immediate historical context in which the Holocaust took place; political, economic, legal, religious or socio-cultural aspects; ethical and moral implications; or other related, relevant topics.
Kagan Fellowships are awarded to outstanding candidates around the world who exhibit strong personal commitment to Holocaust research, demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, and possess the potential to provide outstanding professional leadership that will shape the future of Holocaust scholarship. Candidates can be studying the fields of History, Sociology, Jewish Studies, Political Science, Philosophy, Theology, Women’s Studies and others. Other than attending the summer week-long conference (see below), there is no residency requirement.
Ph.D. and Post-doctoral Fellows receive a maximum of $20,000 per academic year. Funding can be renewed for a second consecutive year at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. For Ph.D. candidates, please note that stipends cannot go toward tuition, and the Kagan Fellowship will only be awarded to those who have received funding for tuition from their university or another institution.
Every group of applicants accepted into the Fellowships program comprises a cohort of fellows for that academic year. Generally, nine Kagan Fellowships are awarded each spring to Ph.D. and Post-doc candidates. Each fall, fellows from the new cohort and fellows who are in their second year of funding receive stipends.
The Summer Workshop
In 2010, a component was initiated that has rapidly become a hallmark of the Kagan Fellowship program: an academic workshop week held annually in the summer, alternating between the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem. At the summer workshop, each fellow presents current research and work in progress, and responds to questions from peers and veteran scholars. This opportunity allows Kagan Fellows to join the ranks of international presenters in prestigious, academically competitive settings and affords them substantial interaction with senior scholars in the field. All Fellows, including newly admitted, first and second year (renewed) Fellows are invited. The workshop includes ample time to spend at museum archives.
The Claims Conference covers all of the expenses related to travel and lodging for the summer workshop. (Some exceptions may apply.)
Fellows agree that the Kagan Fellowship overall provides them with the distinctive opportunity to focus solely on their research, and lays the foundation for development and advancement in professional and academic Holocaust research and teaching careers.
We encourage all applicants, regardless of citizenship, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or disability. The Kagan Fellowship program honors the admissions policies of participating educational institutions.
ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS FOR PH.D. CANDIDATES
To be eligible for the Saul Kagan Fellowship In Advanced Shoah Studies, a candidate must be in the dissertation phase of a Ph.D. program that supports their research of the Holocaust. Eligible disciplines are those in which serious research will make the greatest contribution to future knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust, including but not limited to work in the fields of Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Jewish Studies, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.Applicants must be able to focus on their research without having external commitments, such as full time employment. Those teaching a course as part of their university requirements may apply.
The applicant’s university must have the necessary faculty, courses and research materials to produce first-class doctorates and enable the candidate to focus on Holocaust studies. In selecting fellows, the Fellowship Admissions Committee will evaluate both the candidate and the ability of the candidate’s chosen institution to train Holocaust scholars.The Kagan Fellowship award amount is a maximum of $20,000 per year. Once accepted into the program, candidates have the option of renewing for a second consecutive year, subject to the Admissions Committee’s approval.
Only candidates whose tuition costs are already covered are eligible to apply. A candidate who has applied or is applying for other funding should feel free to apply to the Kagan Fellowship. However, a candidate who is already confirmed to receive over $20,000 in other award funding (this excludes tuition grants) for the Kagan Fellowship funding year for which he/she is applying would not be eligible to apply. (See below for more information.) A candidate who is already confirmed to receive less than $20,000 in other funding for the funding year for which he/she is applying is eligible to apply. Candidates who are receiving scholarships/awards for tuition or travel are eligible to apply.Any funding you are receiving while applying for the Kagan Fellowship does not reflect on your eligibility, so feel free to apply, regardless of current funding amount.Please contact Ms. Chavie Brumer at email@example.com with any questions.Program RequirementsRequirements of accepted Fellows:
- To be enrolled and in good standing in a Ph.D. program that supports the study of the Holocaust.
- To study (or have already studied) a language of Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union necessary for the research of Holocaust-related documents, or if the field of study will be focused on a particular country or region, to study (or have already studied) the relevant languages of that region.
- To attend and present their research at an annual Kagan Fellowship summer week-long conference. There is no residency requirement other than the summer conference.
- To commit to full-time employment primarily in Holocaust Studies on an academic level for a minimum of five years after receiving a Ph.D.
- Kagan Fellowship awards cannot be used toward tuition costs.
- A Kagan Fellow may receive up to $5,000 in outside funding during the Kagan Fellowship funding year without any decrease in his/her award. If a candidate receives more than $5,000 in outside funding, this may result in a decrease in his/her award. Other awards/scholarships that go towards tuition costs are NOT counted as ‘outside/other funding’ and would not result in any Kagan award decrease. Salary of part-time employment must be pre-approved and may be counted as ‘outside funding.’
- The Claims Conference reserves the right to rescind the Kagan award, should a Kagan Fellow accept outside funding (excludes tuition scholarships) in excess of $20,000.