VWS Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies for Ukrainian Citizens

Funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport
(VWS) and in existence since 2006, the VWS Fellowship is intended to
host aspiring scholars and researchers from Ukraine at the CHGS in
Amsterdam for guided reading and focused research in Holocaust and
Genocide Studies.

The guided reading will center around trend-setting Western books,
articles, and bibliographies in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The
focused research will be on a topic selected by the fellow and the
CHGS staff.

During their residence, VWS Fellows will participate in the scholarly
life of the CHGS and will be able to use the library and archives of
the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD;
http://www.niod.nl), where the CHGS is located, as well as the
library systems of the University of Amsterdam
(http://cf.uba.uva.nl/uba2006/english.html) and of the International
Institute of Social History (IISG; http://www.iisg.nl).

ELIGIBILITY
Citizens of Ukraine living in Ukraine who have received the degree of
kandydat nauk in Anthropology, History, Literature, Political
Science, Sociology, or another relevant field in the humanities and
social sciences within the past 8 years OR: Citizens of Ukraine
living in Ukraine who are enrolled in a kandydat nauk program in
Anthropology, History, Literature, Political Science, Sociology, or
another relevant field in the humanities and the social sciences.

Applicants must demonstrate an interest in Holocaust and Genocide
Studies and/or the study of human rights violations. Prior interest
or specialization in the history of the Jewish Holocaust is not
required.

Candidates must be able to read and speak English. Those who can also
read German are particularly encouraged to apply.

STIPENDS
The VWS Fellowship includes a stipend for living expenses. In
addition, the Fellowship program covers health insurance, travel to
and from Amsterdam, housing, photocopying, and selected books.
FELLOWSHIP TENURE The fellowship is for a maximum of 90 days.
Possible renewal, after an interruption during which the VWS Fellow
returns to Ukraine, will be considered after the fellowship period.
The CHGS can simultaneously host two VWS Fellows.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE
Complete applications include the following:
– a curriculum vitae in English and (if applicable) a
list of publications;
– a description (in English, Ukrainian, or Russian) of
personal long-term career and research plans, and an
indication of what the applicant expects to gain from
a stay at the CHGS in Amsterdam;
– the names and updated contact information of two or
three referees whom the CHGS can contact;
– a writing sample in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish,
English, or German.

All applications must be sent as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft
Word. An interview may be part of the selection process. Although the
final decision rests with the CHGS, the CHGS may consult with the
Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies
(http://www.holocaust.kiev.ua/) in the selection process.

DEADLINES
For those interested in arriving in September 2008, the deadline is 5
May 2008 (although early application is encouraged). For those
interested in arriving in a later month, the deadline is 15 June
2008. Decisions will be announced to the applicants as soon as
possible.

ADDRESS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND MAILING ADDRESS
FOR APPLICATIONS

Dr. Karel C. Berkhoff
Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Herengracht 380
1016 CJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
e-mail K.Berkhoff@niod.knaw.nl
fax 31-20-523-3888
phone 31-20-523-3807(direct)/3800

ABOUT THE CHGS
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, located in the center
of Amsterdam, was founded in 2002 by the University of Amsterdam and
the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation, which is a part of
the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The primary
activities of the CHGS are scholarly research and university
teaching, mainly through its interdisciplinary Master’s program in
Holocaust and Genocide Studies, offered at the University of
Amsterdam. The Center also aims to broaden society’s awareness of the
phenomenon of genocide through public debates and other activities.
All staff members have a lively interest in eastern Europe and two
(Karel C. Berkhoff and Nanci Adler) specifically study and teach
eastern European and Soviet topics, including the Holocaust, the
Holodomor, and the Gulag. Brief descriptions of previous and current
VWS Fellows are at http://www.chgs.nl/index_eng.html, under “Staff.”

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