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. Read about past fellows and their research.
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.
To be eligible for the Saul Kagan Fellowship In Advanced Shoah Studies, a candidate must be connected to a university or institution 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. 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.
A Kagan Fellowship award is a maximum of $20,000. Once accepted into the Kagan Fellowship, there is opportunity to renew for a second consecutive year, subject to the Admissions Committee’s approval.
A candidate who has applied or is applying for any outside award funding should feel free to apply to the Kagan Fellowship. However, a candidate who is already confirmed to receive above $20,000 in outside/other 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 details.) A candidate who is already confirmed to be receiving 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
- To be enrolled and in good standing in a post-doctoral program that is focused on or supports the study of the Holocaust.
- To be able to focus on the research without external commitments, such as employment. Those teaching a course as part of their post-doc requirement may apply.
- Candidates should have received their Ph.D. within the last five years and be connected to a university or research institution.
- To commit to full-time employment primarily in Holocaust Studies on an academic level for a minimum of five years after completing the post-doctorate.
- To attend and present their research at an annual summer week-long conference. There is no residency requirement other than the summer conference.
- Kagan 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.
Please note: For those candidates just finishing their PhD, you must have completed ALL your PhD requirements, including that of defending your thesis, BEFORE the application deadline. Those who cannot provide a letter or certificate of PhD completion by the application deadline are not eligible to apply.
The Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies welcomes applications from PhD and Post-doc candidates from around the world for funding for the September 2017-August 2018 academic year. All application material, including transcripts and recommendation letters, must be received no later than:
Tuesday, JANUARY 3, 2017. (Please plan ahead so that your transcripts and letters arrive via email or mail at the Claims Conference office by this deadline.) Applications arriving after this deadline will not be considered.
Before applying, please confirm your plan to submit an application and confirm your eligibility by emailing the following information to Chavie Brumer (Chavie.Brumer@claimscon.org):
- Last Name
- First Name
- Name of University
- Name of Advisor/s
- Name of Department/Field of Study (History, Sociology, etc.)
- Whether you are in a PhD or Post-doc program
- If in a Post-doc program, year you completed your Phd:
- Research Topic: 2-5 sentences, including the time period being covered (ex: 1938-1940)
- Country of Origin
- Year in which you anticipate completing your current PhD or Post-doc
Anticipated or confirmed funding or salary you will receive from September 2017-August 2018.
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