Call for Applications for USC Shoah Foundation Robert J. Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies

Tue, 11/08/2022 - 12:30pm

USC Shoah Foundation invites applications from advanced-level PhD candidates for the 2023-2024 USC Shoah Foundation Robert J. Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies.

This fellowship is one of three fellowships available to advanced-standing PhD candidates from any university and any academic discipline whose dissertation research focuses on testimony from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive and other USC resources. Read more about the other fellowships here.

The USC Shoah Foundation Robert J. Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies provides $4,000 support and will be awarded to an outstanding advanced-standing PhD candidate from any discipline for dissertation research focused on testimony from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive and other USC resources.

The USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive is a collection of over 55,000 audiovisual testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, including the Rwandan, Armenian, Guatemalan, Cambodian genocides, the Nanjing Massacre in China, anti-Rohingya mass violence, and war and genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The majority of testimonies are life history interviews in which interviewees discuss their lives before, during, and after genocide and mass violence. With interviews conducted in 65 countries and in 44 languages, testimonies capture both the individual experience of mass violence and the social and cultural history of the 20th century on a global scale. Learn more about the Visual History Archive and its collections here.

The recipient will be required to spend one month in residence at the USC Shoah Foundation and the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research in Los Angeles during the 2023-2024 academic year. Each fellow will be expected to provide the USC Shoah Foundation and the Center with fresh perspectives, to play a role in USC Shoah Foundation and Center activities, and to give a public talk during the stay. 

Award decisions for each fellowship will be based on the originality of the research proposal and its potential to advance research with testimonies in the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive or other internationally unique and growing research resources at USC, including the extensive Holocaust and Genocide Studies collection at USC Libraries, which contains 30,000 primary and secondary sources including the original transcripts of the Nuremberg trials and the materials of the New York Life Insurance settlement regarding the Armenian genocide. Unique primary sources in the Special Collections at USC include the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, which also houses the private papers of dozens of emigrants from the Third Reich, as well as private collections from Jewish Holocaust survivors and liberators.

Applications are due by January 31, 2023.

Read full application instructions here

 

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