POLIN Research Fellowships for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Candidates

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.

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 expert in this field. Fellows will draw on POLIN Museum’s Core Exhibition, Resource Centerlibrary, 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, Poland’s vibrant capital city, Kraków, and elsewhere in Poland

Fellows will be provided with a working space. POLIN 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 the Jewish Historical Institute
  • conduct research in archives and libraries in Warsaw and of 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 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.

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 GEOP@polin.pl.

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

  • Application deadline: November, 30, 2015
  • Deadline for letters of recommendation: December 13, 2015
  • Decisions will be announced by March 2016.
  • Fellowships may start as early as September 2016, and should be completed no later than August 2017.
  • For more information, please email: GEOP@polin.pl

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)
  • 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 (POLIN Museum)