The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program is a three-and-a-half-week advanced study trip for students who are matriculated in graduate programs or are completing undergraduate degrees in 2020 in Holocaust studies and related fields. The Fellowship offers Faculty Fellowships for faculty who teach the Holocaust in any discipline but have not made its history their primary area of study.

It is the goal of the Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program that Fellows gain not only knowledge of the Holocaust sites they visit, but also an understanding of the legacy of the Holocaust in Poland, its effects on collective memory, and complexities surrounding such categories as victim, bystander, and perpetrator.

After a brief orientation in New York City, the Fellows travel in Poland for three weeks, during which time they visit Kraków, Warsaw, Łódź, Treblinka, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz). The Fellows travel to small towns in the regions surrounding Warsaw and Kraków, as well as through south-eastern Poland, to explore the area’s rich Jewish heritage and meet with local leaders to learn about pre-war Jewish life, life under the Nazi occupation and Communism, and the state of Jewish communities and memory in Poland today.

In Oświęcim, the Fellows attend an intensive program at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum where they tour the camps, study the history of Jewish, Roma, and Polish inmates, and take part in workshops with Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum staff on the collections and education departments. While in Oswiecim, the Fellows have the opportunity to meet European students and observe educational workshops at the Auschwitz Jewish Center.

Upon returning home, each Fellow will write an essay reflecting on his or her experience. Selected essays will be published in the Center’s annual journal Reflections.

To apply for the 2020 program, please complete the online application by January 13, 2020.

Please contact AJC@mjhnyc.org with any questions.


Faculty Fellows

The Fellowship will offer Faculty Fellowships in 2020. These Fellowships will be for faculty who teach the Holocaust in any discipline but have not made its history their primary area of study, and will run from June 28 – July 20, 2020. The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program – Faculty Fellowship is open to professors of all faiths.

The cost of the program is $5,000 per person, which includes all hotel rooms in single accommodations, meals in New York, materials, international airfare, internal travel in Poland, and entrance fees. The majority of meals in Poland are not included in the syllabus and are not provided. Past Faculty Fellows have funded their participation through university and department grants and travel funding. If you’d like to speak with previous Faculty Fellows, please email your request to AJC@mjhnyc.org.

The application is available at mjhnyc.org/facultyfellows2020.

The application deadline is February 10, 2020. Candidates will be informed of their status by March 9, 2020.