Call for Applications: DEFY Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships for Summer 2017

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Call for Applications

DEFY Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships
Summer 2017

Deadline: March 31, 2017

The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites research proposals from USC undergraduate students for its 2017 DEFY Summer Research Fellowships.

The fellowships provide $1,000 support for USC undergraduates doing research focused on the testimonies of the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive and/or other related USC resources and collections during the summer of 2017. The fellowship is open to USC undergraduate students of all disciplines. A limited number of fellowships are available.

Award decisions for the DEFY fellowships will be based on the originality of the research proposal and the centrality of USC resources to the research project.

USC is the home of internationally unique and growing research resources, which include the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, a collection of over 54,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, including the Rwandan, Armenian, Guatemalan, and Cambodian genocides and the Nanjing Massacre in China; a Holocaust and genocide studies collection at Doheny Memorial Library with over 20,000 primary and secondary sources, including the Nuremberg Trials papers and a class action lawsuit against New York Life regarding the Armenian genocide; and a Special Collection containing private papers of German and Austrian Jewish emigrants from the Third Reich.

Summer Research Fellows will be expected to spend three to four weeks in residence at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research during the summer of 2017, to play a role in the activities of the Center, and to give a public presentation based on their work and findings during the following academic year. Award winners are invited to join DEFY (Defy Intolerance through Education), the student organization of the USC Shoah Foundation. DEFY’s members organize campus events to help raise awareness about the USC Shoah Foundation’s mission to overcome prejudice, intolerance, hate, and the suffering they cause.

To submit an application, please send a cover letter, current CV, research proposal, and letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor. The research proposal should include a project outline and a description of methodology. Please send these materials to by March 31, 2017.

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