International Summer Research Workshops for Scholars - Advanced Holocaust Studies, USA

Publish Date: Jan 25, 2016

Deadline: Feb 05, 2016

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies solicits proposals from scholars to coordinate two-week research workshops at the Museum during the months of June, July, and August. Established in 1999, the Summer Research Workshop program provides an environment in which groups of scholars working in closely related areas of study—but with limited previous face-to-face interaction—can gather to discuss a central research question or issue; their research methodologies and findings; the major challenges facing their work; and potential future collaborative scholarly ventures.

The Mandel Center also periodically issues calls for applicants for planned workshops that explore specific critical issues in Holocaust studies, encourage collaborative research, discuss methodologies and research results, and lay the groundwork for future research and publication. These workshops last two weeks and are led by leading scholars in the field. 

The Mandel Center invites proposals from Workshop Coordinator(s) to conduct two-week research workshops at the Museum during the months of July and August. We welcome proposals from scholars in all relevant disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, anthropology, comparative genocide studies, and law.

The application deadline for the summer 2016 workshop has passed.


Workshops consist of two weeks of intensive discussion, culminating in a public presentation of the group’s results. Morning sessions typically consist of presentations by participants on their particular research projects. Afternoon sessions are predominantly dedicated to in-depth discussions of the overarching research issues, priorities, findings, and conclusions, as well as some workshop-based research using the Museum’s collections.

The final public panel features presentations on (1) the importance of the work and the scholarly rationale for convening the workshop; (2) the issues discussed, approaches taken, and resources used by the group during the two weeks; (3) the issues and source materials identified by the group as the most significant for future work; and (4) the group’s collective results, findings, and conclusions.


The Museum’s resources include approximately 80 million pages of Holocaust-related archival documentation; extensive library; oral history, film, photo, art, artifacts, and memoir collections; and a Holocaust survivor database. In addition, the Museum possesses the holdings of the International Tracing Service (ITS), which contains more than 130 million digitized pages with information on the fates of 17.5 million people who were subject to incarceration, forced labor, and displacement as a result of World War II. Many of these records have not been examined by scholars, offering unprecedented opportunities to advance the field of Holocaust studies.

The Mandel Center will assign to each workshop a staff scholar with expertise relevant to the proposed topic. The Mandel Center will also provide meeting space and access to a computer, telephone, and photocopier.


For nonlocal participants, awards include (1) a stipend to offset the cost of direct travel to and from each participant’s home institution and Washington, DC; (2) lodging for the duration of the workshop; and (3) $500 toward the cost of incidental expenses, which will be distributed within two to four weeks of the workshop’s conclusion. Local participants receive a stipend of $200 for the two weeks.


The Summer Research Workshop program has a two-stage application process:

In Stage One, scholars submit a preliminary application, consisting of a one-page single-spaced description of the proposed workshop detailing the research project’s focus, significance, scope, methods, objectives, and expertise required from potential participants. Applications should include CVs for no more than two Workshop Coordinators. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application due February 5, 2016 in the second round.

The Mandel Center will evaluate preliminary applications according to their (1) potential contribution to scholarship in Holocaust studies; (2) potential to stimulate work in a new direction or productive area of research; (3) relationship to larger themes or issues in Holocaust studies; and (4) potential for new publications, collaborative research, or research endeavors directly resulting from the workshop.


Please address question regarding the Summer Research Workshop program and application process to:

Krista Hegburg, PhD
Program Officer
University 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
Tel: 202.488.0459
Fax: 202.479.9726

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