Call for Applications

International Visiting Ph.D. cand. Fellowships: Resisting the Path to Genocide

Resisting the Path to Genocide, a Dornsife 2020 Research Cluster at the University of Southern California (USC), offers funding for one visiting Ph.D. candidate per semester. We are currently seeking applications for the year 2013, whether for spring or early fall.

The grant amount will be between $3000 and $4000 and shall allow the candidate to conduct research at USC for four weeks.  (The amount of the grant may vary due to variations in national and international travel expenses.)

We are accepting applications from Ph.D. candidates at any university, from any relevant discipline, who are working on a subject relevant to the cluster’s activities. (Information about the questions and the scope of the research cluster can be found at

An interdisciplinary committee of faculty members involved with the research cluster will select the candidate, who will be chosen on the basis of:

 - how closely the candidate’s research relates to the topic of genocide resistance, and can contribute to scholarly discussion of genocide resistance within the research cluster;

- the extent to which the use of USC’s resources will enable the candidate to further his or her ongoing research, or to conduct a smaller research project during the length of his or her stay at USC.

USC is the home of internationally unique research resources, including 52,000 audio visual testimonies of Holocaust survivors at the Shoah Foundation Institute archive, a  Holocaust and genocide studies collection with 11,000 primary and secondary sources, and a Special Collection containing papers of Jewish emigrants including the Lion Feuchtwanger collection.  In addition, the Greater Los Angeles area is home for one of the largest genocide survivor communities (Armenia, Holocaust, Cambodia, Guatemala, etc.) in the world.

The fellow will be expected to provide the cluster with fresh perspectives, to play a role in the cluster activities, and to give a paper at one of the internal cluster workshops. We aim to enhance discussion of genocide resistance and foster a network of scholars.

 Candidates should submit a CV, a research proposal including a project outline and methodology, and one letter of recommendation to

The deadline for applications is February, 15th, 2013.   Please contact Alida Liberman (, graduate research assistant for the cluster, for further information.

Wolf Gruner

Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of History

Team leader: USC Dornsife 2020 Research Cluster "Resisting the Path to Genocides"

Department of History

SOS Room 262

3502 Trousdale Pkwy

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA  90089-0034

Tel.: 001 (213) 740 1668