Call for Applications

Non-Residential Colloquium: Gender and Sexual Violence in the Holocaust

Mon, 04/29/2024 - 5:26pm

The Division of Academic Programs at the USC Shoah Foundation invites applications from PhD candidates and early-career scholars for the inaugural cohort of fellows in its non-residential colloquium “Gender and Sexual Violence in the Holocaust.” We understand this topic broadly and are seeking applicants whose work touches on the members of any nation or population affected by these issues, as well as the long-term impact and legacies of these histories. from the between 1933 and 1955, though we will also consider projects whose scope may examine the legacies of this violence.

Ten applicants will be chosen to join as fellows for the 2024-2025 academic year. Each fellow will receive access to the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive (VHA), which currently holds over 55,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides. Participation requires regular attendance at events held over Zoom. These will include opportunities to present their research, discuss general issues of methodology and content, and network with other scholars working on this rich history in an open and safe forum.

Fellows will also receive feedback from established scholars, including three faculty mentors. The faculty mentors for this colloquium are: Prof. Elissa Mailänder, Sciences Po, Paris; Dr. Regina Mühlhäuser, Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung; and Prof. Lisa Todd, University of New Brunswick.

Eligibility requirements: Applicants can be based anywhere in the world but must either be enrolled in an accredited PhD program or hold a PhD from an accredited program conferred no later than 2019.

These fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications must be submitted to Dr. Jennifer Rodgers, Director of Academic Programs USC Shoah Foundation no later than midnight PT on July 1, 2024. Applications will consist of the following:

  • Cover Letter (max two pages)
  • Project proposal (max 1000 words)
  • Curriculum vitae

Please note: only applications that have submitted each of the required materials will be considered for these fellowships. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by August 1, 2024.

Please direct questions regarding the fellowship or application process to Dr. Jennifer L. Rodgers, Director of Academic Programs at