The Kagan Fellowship Program
Each year, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) offers fellowships for doctoral and postdoctoral (new!) candidates around the world pursuing Holocaust studies.
Through the Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies, the Claims Conference supports Ph.D. and postdoctoral candidates pursuing advanced study of Jews who were systematically targeted for destruction or persecution by the Nazis and their allies between 1933 and 1945. Supported research can include: the immediate historical context in which the Shoah took place; political, economic, legal, religious or socio-cultural aspects; ethical and moral implications; or other related, relevant topics. Postdoctoral applicants who are researching contemporary anti-Semitism will also be considered and are encouraged to apply. Read about past fellows and their research.
Kagan Fellowships are awarded to outstanding candidates around the world who exhibit strong personal commitment to Shoah memory, demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, and possess the potential to provide outstanding professional leadership that will shape the future of Holcoaust scholarship. Candidates can be studying the fields of History, Sociology, Jewish Studies, Political Science, Philosophy, Theology, Women’s Studies and others.
Ph.D. and postdoctoral fellows will receive a maximum of $20,000 per academic year. Funding can be renewed for a second consecutive year at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. For Ph.D. candidates, please note that stipends cannot go toward tuition, and the Kagan Fellowship will only be awarded to those who have received funding for tuition from their university or another institution.
Every group of applicants accepted into the Fellowships program comprises a cohort of fellows for that academic year. Generally, seven Kagan Fellowships are awarded each spring to Ph.D. candidates. Each fall, fellows from the new cohort and fellows who are in their second year of funding receive stipends.
This coming academic year Cohort VI PhD candidates and Cohort I Post-doctoral candidates will be joining the program.
The Summer Workshop
In 2010, we initiated a component that has rapidly become a hallmark of the Kagan Fellowship program: an academic workshop conference held annually in the summer, alternating venues between the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem. At the summer workshop, each fellow presents current research and work in progress, and responds to questions from peers and veteran scholars. This opportunity allows Kagan Fellows to join the ranks of international presenters in prestigious, academically competitive settings and affords them substantial interaction with senior scholars in the field. All Fellows, including newly admitted and second year, renewed Fellows are invited. The workshop includes ample time to spend at museum archives.
The Claims Conference covers all of the expenses related to travel and lodging for the summer workshop. (Some exceptions may apply.)
Fellows agree that the Kagan Fellowship overall provides them with the distinctive opportunity to focus solely on their research, and lays the foundation for development and advancement in professional and academic Holocaust research and teaching careers.
We encourage all applicants, regardless of citizenship, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or disability. The Kagan Fellowship program honors the admissions policies of participating educational institutions.
Contact Chavie.Brumer@claimscon.org to indicate your interest in applying for a Kagan Fellowship.