Call for Applications: 2018-2019 International Teaching Fellowship

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:51am

International Teaching Fellowship

Academic Year 2018-2019

The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites proposals for its 2018-2019 International Teaching Fellowship that will provide support for university and college faculty to integrate testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive (VHA) into new or existing courses. This fellowship is only available to faculty at universities and colleges that subscribe to the VHA, either directly or through ProQuest. (To see whether your institution subscribes to the VHA, contact your library or click here.)

The International Teaching Fellowship provides financial support and staff assistance to faculty members from VHA access sites who wish to use the testimonies for teaching or student research in their courses. The fellowship is open to all disciplinary and methodological approaches and will be awarded on a competitive basis to the most interesting project or projects. 

The USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive holds over 55,000 video testimonies of survivors and other eyewitnesses of the Holocaust, the Rwandan, Armenian, Cambodian, and Guatemalan genocides, and the Nanjing Massacre in China. The interviews were conducted in 41 languages and in 62 countries. They encompass the experiences not only of survivors in these contexts, but also of witnesses, liberators, aid providers, and war crimes trials participants. These interviews are life histories, and as such their subject matter includes the history and culture of the countries of the interviewees’ birth and their lives before, during and after genocide.  

Proposals will be judged according to the centrality of the VHA interviews to the course content. Preference will be given to classes that will be taught in the 2018-2019 academic year for existing courses and the 2019-2020 year for new courses. 

The stipend will be awarded in the amount of $2,000 with an additional $500 for in-class materials related to the testimonies.  

Depending on funding, the awarded faculty will have the opportunity to spend some days in residence at the Center to collaborate with USC Shoah Foundation staff and receive specialized research assistance in preparing for their course. Final course syllabi will be posted to the Center’s website. Faculty will also be expected to give a public presentation of their course experience at the end of the fellowship period.

To submit an application, please send a cover letter, current CV, and proposal (2-3 pages) by February 15, 2018 to

For further information about the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, please consult our website: