The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum supports scholarship in the field of
Holocaust studies; promotes the growth of Holocaust studies at North
American universities and the development of strong relationships
between American and foreign scholars of the Holocaust; and seeks to
ensure the ongoing training of future generations of scholars
specializing in the Holocaust.
The Center is now accepting applications for graduate student summer
research assistants. Recipients will have the opportunity to
participate with the Center’s staff scholars in cutting-edge
research and publication projects relating to key areas of Holocaust
scholarship. Sample projects may include writing and editing for the
Museum's Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945;
research and translating for the Center’s
archival source series on Documenting Life and Destruction;
and preparing in-depth studies and reports about the archival
collections of the International Tracing Service (ITS), among
Recipients will gain experience in conducting
archival and/or library-based research, translating and organizing
selected archival sources for publication, and writing and editing
texts under the supervision of the Center’s scholars.
In addition to their involvement in these
research projects, recipients will participate in the broad range of
scholarly and public education programs offered by the Museum during
the summer months.
Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to a graduate program at
a North American university. The Center is unable to provide visa
assistance for non-U.S. citizens. Applicants must have basic
knowledge of the Holocaust, experience in conducting archival or
library research and the ability to work as part of a team. In
addition to English, fluency in one or
more of the following languages is desired: German, Russian, Polish,
Romanian Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovak,
and/or Croatian. Each assistantship will
last for up to three months during the May-August timeframe.
Awardees will receive a stipend of $2,500/month. The Center will
also provide funds for one roundtrip airline ticket to and from
Washington, D.C. for travel within North America.
Applicants should submit a resume, a personal statement of no more
than two pages in length, and one letter of recommendation from a
faculty member or dean at his/her institution that speaks to the
applicant’s qualifications. The personal statement must explain the
significance of the assistantship to the applicant’s professional
and/or academic goals, and the contributions the applicant’s skills
and interests could make to the Center’s research and publication
projects. Application materials must be received by March 31, 2009.
All applicants will be notified of selection results by early April
Application materials should be sent to: Dr. Lisa Yavnai, Director,
Visiting Scholar Programs, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies,
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place,
SW, Washington, DC 20024. Inquiries may be addressed to
or via telephone at 202-314-7829.