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Apply for an EHRI Conny Kristel Fellowship

Published on 13 December 2021
By facilitating international access to an unprecedented range of key archives and collections related to the Holocaust as well as access to archival and digital humanities expertise, the EHRI Conny Kristel Fellowships support and stimulate Holocaust research conducted by researchers, archivists, librarians, curators, and junior scholars, especially PhD candidates with limited resources. Projects funded concern the Holocaust broadly conceived, including its prehistory, its aftermath, and the role of antisemitism before, during and after World War II. Interested? Apply by 15 January 2022.

The Kristel Fellowships are funded by the European Union under the rules of transnational access and are thus principally intended for applicants working at institutions established in member states (the EU-27) and states associated to Horizon 2020. Candidates from Central and Eastern Europe are especially encouraged to apply. It is not possible to apply for a Kristel Fellowship at an institution in the same country where one works.

Stipend, duration, requirements

Kristel Fellowships include a stipend for housing and living expenses as well as travel to and from the inviting institution. These stipends follow the practices of the inviting institution or institutions. Recipients are responsible for securing visas if necessary.

Kristel Fellows will have access to the research infrastructure of the respective EHRI partner institution including access to a computer. The applicants can choose the lengths of their stay, with a minimum of one and a maximum of six weeks. (Fellows may extend their stay at their own expense and in accordance with the host institution and visa regulations.) Various host institutions can be combined in one fellowship. While visiting additional research institutions in the vicinity of the respective host institution is encouraged, a regular presence at the hosting institution is expected.

Successful applicants are expected to participate in a joint online introductory meeting, where Fellows can introduce themselves and their research, and familiarize themselves with the EHRI Portal as well as the other offerings of the EHRI Project.  Upon finishing the Kristel Fellowship, Kristel Fellows are required to provide either a report detailing the results of their stay and the impact upon their research/project, or a solid contribution (Blog Post) to the EHRI Document Blog (

A note on the current Coronavirus Pandemic: Successful applicants are expected to monitor existing and upcoming travel restrictions that might affect their planned stay at the EHRI partner institutions. If the chosen institute cannot be visited due to the pandemic, it will – wherever possible – grant remote access to its archival holdings and to local experts capable of offering additional information and guidance. Where remote access to holdings is limited or entirely impossible, start dates of the Fellowship may be postponed, but the tenure must take place before 30 September 2024.

EHRI partner institutions

EHRI is offering Kristel Fellowships at one or more of the following EHRI partner institutions; each will be awarded on a competitive basis.

  • NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • State Archives of Belgium (CEGES/SAB), Brussels, Belgium
  • Jewish Museum in Prague (ZMP), Prague, Czech Republic
  • Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich (IfZ), Munich, Germany
  • Yad Vashem – The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority (YV), Jerusalem, Israel
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Washington (D.C.), United States of America
    EHRI Fellowships at the USHMM are restricted to collections infrastructure specialists, such as archivists, cataloguers, collection managers, conservators, curators, film and oral history specialists, librarians, digital curators, and others wishing to expand their knowledge and gain expertise in museum practices, collections access, and infrastructure development. For USHMM fellowships designed for scholars to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust, please see:
  • Bundesarchiv (BArch), Berlin, Germany

Due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic, visits to Bundesarchiv are currently limited to the following periods reserved for Kristel Fellows:

5-9-2022 to 16-09-2022

19-9-2022 to 30-09-2022

However, depending on Covid-restrictions other periods may be available in 2022.

* Each Fellow in Greece will be hosted by both AUTh and JMG


All application materials must be submitted in English. The application must include the following:

  • A completed application form.
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages).
  • A four to five page (1,250 to maximum 1,500 words) detailed description of the research project related to the Holocaust (including its antecedents and aftermath) planned for the term of the fellowship as well as an explanation of which institution(s) and archival holdings an applicant wishes to apply to and why this choice fits the chosen research topic.
  • A letter of recommendation from a reputable academic who is familiar with the applicant’s work. It should include an evaluation of the applicant’s proposed research as well as the overall quality of the applicant’s work. The letter may be sent by email as a scan (including the recommenders’ signature and letterhead) with the application, or directly by the recommender. The letter must be received before the application deadline.
  • Applicants must also designate a second recommender in the application form. The recommender may be contacted directly by EHRI.

Deadline: 15 January 2022  

The complete application package should be sent as an email attachment in DOC or PDF format to All proposals will be evaluated for scientific excellence by an independent panel of experts. EHRI aims at creating an equal opportunity environment and thus does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation or disability. Applicants will receive feedback within 2-3 months from the cut-off date.

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