GEOP Research Fellowships for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Candidates at POLIN - Museum of the History of Polish Jews

POLIN Museum’s Global Educational Outreach Program, supported by the William K. Bowes Jr Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, is offering up to six doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships for from three to five consecutive months in residence at POLIN Museum and the Jewish Historical Institute (ŻIH). The fellowship stipend is $2,000 per month (payable in Polish zlotys).

Our 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 scholarly expert in this field. 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, academic institutions, and research centers in Warsaw – Poland’s vibrant capital city, Kraków, and elsewhere in Poland.

The Museum will offer assistance in finding housing in Warsaw.

Fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • present their work-in-progress in a monthly seminar and receive feedback from their colleagues
  • participate in the full program of lectures, workshops, and conferences at POLIN Museum and at the Jewish Historical Institute
  • conduct research in archives and libraries in Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland
  • consult with an assigned mentor from POLIN Museum, the Jewish Historical Institute, or other academic institution in Warsaw or Poland.


Candidates for fellowships may apply for a period of between three and five months and must have at least a passive knowledge of Polish and a working knowledge of English. Applicants from any discipline related to the history and culture of Polish Jews are eligible to 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 a PhD within the past five years.

Decisions will be announced in March 2017.

Fellowships may start as early as September 2017, and should be completed no later than August 2018.

Selection Committee

  • Antony Polonsky  (POLIN Museum, Chair)
  • Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin)
  • Jan Doktór (Jewish Historical Institute)
  • Marc Epstein (Vassar College)
  • Michał Galas (Jagiellonian University)
  • François Guesnet  (University College, London)
  • Samuel Kassow (Trinity College, Hartford, CT)
  • Erica Lehrer (Concordia University, Montreal)
  • Artur Markowski (Polin Museum, secretary)
  • Mirjam Rajner (Bar-Ilan University)
  • Moshe Rosman (Bar-Ilan University)
  • Marc Slobin (Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT)
  • Marcin Wodziński (University of Wrocław)
  • Andrzej Żbikowski (Jewish Historical Institute)
  • Genevieve Zubrzycki (University of Michigan)
  • Jolanta Żyndul (The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute).
Application date
31 Jan 2017
3-5 months
Europe Poland
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Grants available
Award granted
US$ 2.000/month