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 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 and post-doctoral fellowships for three and five consecutive months 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. 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 scholars who are experts in this field. We 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 the 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 a PhD within the past five years. Women candidates who have had a child in this period must have completed a PhD in 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 below) may not write letters of recommendation. Only two letters will be considered.

  • Application deadline: January 31, 2018
  • Deadline for letters of recommendation: January 31, 2018
  • Decisions will be announced by March 15, 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.

Selection Committee

  • Antony Polonsky  (POLIN Museum, Chair)
  • Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin)
  • Jan Doktór (Jewish Historical Institute)
  • 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)
  • Don Seeman (Emory University)
  • Marc Slobin (Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT)
  • Marcin Wodziński (University of Wrocław)
  • Andrzej Żbikowski (The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute)
  • Genevieve Zubrzycki (University of Michigan)
  • Jolanta Żyndul (The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute)

The GEOP Research Fellowship is offered by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in cooperation with the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute within the framework of the Global Education Outreach Program. This program was made possible thanks to the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.

Application date
31 Jan 2018
3-5 months
Europe Poland
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History 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