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Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at Northwestern



HEFNU's Summer Institute is held annually on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. The Summer Institute is an intensive two-week residential course aimed to broaden and deepen participants' background in Holocaust studies. HEFNU welcomes full- or part-time PhD students (particularly those in their final year of study), full- or part-time academic staff, and educators at recognized institutions such as museums and archives.

Over more than two decades, the Summer Institute at Northwestern has graduated more than 500 scholars who have gone on to teach about the Holocaust at institutions of higher education around the world. We welcome applications from those who are new to the field and experienced scholars looking to broaden their interdisciplinary perspective. Applications are welcome from a wide variety of disciplines and all intellectual fields related to Holocaust Studies.

Every year, HEFNU accepts approximately 25 Fellows. Fellowships cover the cost of room, board, and tuition. Fellowships do not cover travel expenses to and from Evanston or assigned books (although most materials are made available for free through the Northwestern University library). 

The Institute is taught by leading scholars in the field of Holocaust studies and topics may include: Judaism; Jewish responses during the Holocaust; modern Jewish history; history of the Holocaust; art/art history; postwar trials; intermarriage; film and literature; museums and public history; U.S. responses to the Holocaust; recent methodological and historiographical approaches to the Holocaust; and Holocaust pedagogy.

Applications open in early January and close in late February.

Application information can be found here