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Grant of the Week: USHMM Digital Humanities Associate Fellowship

Zoë Jackson | Jan 11, 2019

Every week, Perspectives Daily showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship of interest to historians which has been posted to our free Calendar. This week we are featuring the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Digital Humanities Associate Fellowship Program.

The Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the William Levine Family Institute for Holocaust Education are pleased to invite applications for the Digital Humanities Associate Fellowship Program, designed for students currently enrolled in a master’s degree program or completing their undergraduate education. Students who have completed more than one year of doctoral work will not be considered.

The Museum welcomes applications from students in the use of technology for research and teaching in all academic disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, computer science, psychology, sociology, geography, and others. Students outside the field of history are encouraged to apply.

Program Objective

The Digital Humanities Associate Fellowship (DHAF) recognizes the increasing importance and use of Digital Humanities (DH) in Holocaust research and teaching and supports its practices, possibilities, and applications for the field and the Museum. This (relatively) young academic specialty seeks to apply the wealth of new digital techniques and technologies to the problems of humanities research and education. With the DHAF program, the Museum seeks to increase capacity for expanding the application of digital techniques across the institution and the field of Holocaust and Genocide studies.

While at the Museum, the Digital Humanities Associate Fellows will develop and conduct independent research projects under the supervision of a Museum mentor, interact with staff and visiting scholars in residence, and audit special summer seminars and research workshops that explore some of the most challenging questions still to be addressed by Holocaust scholarship. Activities span the Museum’s DC locations and the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation, and Research Center in suburban Maryland.

Residency Requirements

Digital Humanities Associate Fellows for the 2019 year are required to be in residence at the Museum for nine months, arriving in September and departing at the end of May, 2020. The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the William Levine Family Institute of Holocaust Education will provide a stipend of $3,000/month. The funds provided through this award may be subject to US federal and/or state tax. Please be advised the Museum cannot provide individual tax advice.

Application Materials and Guidelines

Decisions for the 2019 competition will be announced in May 2019. All applications must be submitted in English and include:

  • Your name, address, current academic institution, GPA, and month/year of earned/anticipated degree.
  • A resume
  • A personal statement of no more than two single-spaced pages in length. The statement should explain the applicant’s interest in the Digital Humanities and Holocaust/World War II and how the Associate Fellowship might further encourage their studies in these areas.
  • A project concept of no more than two single-spaced pages in length. Each concept should be an application of Digital Humanities that the applicant could potentially pursue as part of the Associate Fellowship.
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or dean at the applicant’s institution that speaks to the applicant’s qualifications, scholarship, and work ethic. The letter must be signed and on institutional letterhead. Letters of recommendation should be sent from the recommender, not the applicant, as attachments to by February 20, 2019.

The Museum will notify all applicants of the selection results in May 2019. 


For further details about this fellowship opportunity, please direct inquiries to:

Michael Haley Goldman
Director of Future Projects
William Levine Family Institute of Holocaust Education
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126

End: February 15, 2019
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