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POLIN Museum’s Global Educational Outreach Program

POLIN Museum’s Global Educational Outreach Program, supported by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, is offering up to four doctoral (three months)  and post-doctoral (five months) fellowships in residence at POLIN Museum and the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute (ŻIH). The fellowship stipend is $6,000 (for three months) and $10 000 (for five months), payable in Polish Zlotys.

The goal is to support scholarship on Jewish history and culture in the territories of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its successor states and to develop a new cohort of scholars who are experts in this field. The organizers are also intend to support projects in Museum Studies that focus on Jewish history and culture in these territories. The aim of the fellowships is to stimulate the development and growth of a group of researchers who specialize in this field. A preference will be given to projects that require research in the collections that are located in Warsaw archival and scholarly institutions including POLIN Museum. 

Fellows will draw on POLIN Museum’s Core Exhibition, Resource Center, library, and collection and on its expert staff. They will also have access to the archive, library, and collection of the Jewish Historical Institute, as well as to libraries, archives, and academic institutions, research centers in Warsaw.

Fellows will have the opportunity to:
  • present their work-in-progress during seminars and doctoral seminars;
  • participate in the full program of lectures, workshops, and conferences at POLIN Museum and the Jewish Historical Institute;
  • conduct research in archives and libraries in Warsaw and Poland;
  • consult with an assigned mentor from POLIN Museum, the Jewish Historical Institute, or other academic institution in Warsaw or Poland.


PhD Candidates may apply for a  three month fellowship and post-doctoral researchers may apply for a five month fellowship. Candidates for fellowships must have a working knowledge of English and a passive knowledge of other languages needed for the research project. Applicants from any discipline related to the history and culture of Polish Jews may apply. Applicants from doctoral programs from the United States and Canada should be ABD. Those from Europe, Israel, and other countries should be within two years of completing their PhD. Post-doctoral candidates must have completed PhD within the past five years. Female candidates who have had a child in this period must have completed PhD within the past seven years.

Application Process:
Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae (no longer than four pages), a detailed statement of current research, including work plans during the fellowship (up to 2000 words), and one writing sample (no more than 25 pages). Applications should be submitted in English and PDF format to

Two letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by the recommenders in English by e-mail to Members of the Selection Committee (see here) may not write letters of recommendation. Only two letters will be considered.

Application deadline: February 28, 2018
Deadline for letters of recommendation: February 28, 2018
Decisions will be announced by April 16, 2018.
Applications and letters of  recommendation, sent after this deadlines will be not accepted.
Fellowships may start as early as October 2018, and should be completed no later than July  2019.
For more information, please email:

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