The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention funds a wide range of proposals for research and teaching on genocide, the Shoah, the causes and consequences of mass violence, conflict prevention and resolution, dialogue, peace, and the roots of hatred and discrimination. AUP faculty and students (both undergraduate and graduate) from all disciplines are eligible to apply for Schaeffer Fellowships to support research, curricular development, pedagogy, research travel as well as for developing innovative strategies for disseminating findings and communicating with the public.

The Center is particularly interested in proposals that:

  • engage in faculty-student mentored research on the above topics
  • include the intensive use of the Visual History Archive or add to its archives
  • make an impact on the public’s understanding of the causes and consequences of genocide and other forms of mass violence.

AUP faculty and students (both undergraduate and graduate) from all disciplines are eligible to apply.

Applicants are asked to make a case for their application in relation to these criteria:

  1. the fit of the proposal with the center’s mission.
  2. the academic merit of the proposed activity.
  3. the value of the proposed activity to the Center, in terms of its academic visibility and credibility.

Applications can be made here.
 

Student Fellowships & Grants

Shaeffer Student Fellow: AUP undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for competitive fellowships to participate in collaborative faculty-student research. Tuition remission or stipend to support research. If needed the fellowship can also cover the expense of travel to present student research at selected forums.

Applications are due October 15 and February 16, yearly.

 

Faculty fellowships and grants

Schaeffer Faculty Fellows

AUP faculty are invited to apply for competitive fellowships: to conduct and oversee collaborative faculty-student research, organize and participate in Center activities and serve as a member of the scientific committee.
3000 € per year. 
Applications are due February 16th, yearly.

Start-Up Funding for a Design or Media Lab

In collaboration with the Civic Media Lab, competitive faculty grant for developing innovative strategies of using media, both new and old, in order to disseminate research, engage the public in a dialogue on the causes and consequences of mass violence and initiate social change. 
5000 € start-up funding for developing innovative media lab for disseminating research.
Applications are due October 15th and February 16th, yearly.

Grants for Curricular and/or Pedagogical Innovation

Awards are given for creative curricular and/or pedagogical development.
2 awards per year at 1500 – 5000 €. 
Applications are due October 15th and February 16th, yearly.

Mini-Seminar or Module

1500€ to 5000€ for an AUP faculty member or invited visiting scholar to run a seminar, teach a portion of an existing class or lead a workshop on topics related to the Center’s mission. 
Applications are due October 15th and February 16th, yearly. 

Faculty Research Travel

AUP faculty are invited to apply for research and travel grants for conferences or to present research at selected forums.
2 grants per year, 1500 €. 
Applications are due October 15th and February 16th, yearly. 

Training

AUP faculty and staff are invited to apply for grants for travel and training on using the Visual History Archives.
3 grants per year, 1500 €.

Publication Subvention

2000€ toward the publication of a book related to the Center’s mission. 
Rolling deadline. 

Library materials

3000€ per year to build library collection, books and journals, on topics related to the Center’s mission.
Rolling deadline.

 

Past Fellows

2017 - 18 Fellows

Student Fellowships

Maxine Basch
MA, International Affairs
Title: Anti-Semitism in 21st Century France

Jessica Brainos
MA, Diplomacy and International Law
Title: Jewish Russian Women Survivors of the Holocaust who Migrated to Poland before WWII

Andee Gershenberg
Major: Psychology
Title: Consistency and Change in the Holocaust Testimonies over Time

Brittany Paquay
Major: History, Law and Society
Title: Humility in Action: Christianity and Civilian Rescue During the Holocaust

Isabelle Siege
Major: History Law and Society
Title: Award to study the Yiddish language

Faculty Fellowships

Marie Regan, Associate Professor of Film, Translating Atrocity: A Feature Documentary

In this project, I will be talking to translators who work in international criminal court tribunals, translating the testimony of survivors and perpetrators. The goal of the film, in of making the language, and the attempt to process the language central, is to use it as a prism to for exploring witness and the challenge listening in our times.

Lissa Lincoln, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator for Gender, Sexuality & Society, Order of Violence

The conference Orders of Violence was dedicated to investigating political violence, exclusion and memory within marginalized communities, with particular emphasis on caste violence and genocide.

Waddick Doyle, Co-existence: media hate speech and inter-communal realities in Paris

This project involves studying the origins of ethnic and religious conflict in media discourses particularly those promoted by social media. It then examines and documents the reality of co-existence on the ground in particular institutions, school canteens, hospitals, perhaps prisons, associations and religious organizations. 

Kerstin Carlson, Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Politics, The Habré Trial and Beyond: New Models of Prosecuting International Crime?

This book project, conducted in concert with human rights researchers from the University of California, Berkeley (Kim Thuy Seelinger) and Sciences Po (Sharon Weill), examines the impact of the Habré trial on justice organs and actors. Hissène Habré is the ex-president of Chad who oversaw what a 1992 Chadian Truth Commission termed a genocide against targeted ethnic groups in Chad while he was in power from 1982-1990. On May 30, 2016, the Chambres Africaines Extraordinaires Hissène Habré guilty of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture, and sentenced him to life in prison.

Ziad Majed, Associate Professor of History, Syrie, la révolution orpheline

This book, published in 2014 in Arabic in Beirut and in French in Paris, has received a grant to be translated into English and updated to include a chapter on the rise of ISIS. 

‘It Happened Here’ with Sarah Gensburger, Institut des Sciences sociales du Politique – CNRS, in 2017-2018:

Five fellows of the Center have worked for the online project "It Happened Here". An immersive audio series, "It Happened Here" allows people to experience History in the city by exploring, through archives, a neighborhood, a street, a building and giving a voice to the people who lived there. During two summers, trained by historian and sociologist Sarah Gensburger and by the Center's postdoctoral fellow Constance Pâris de Bollardière, these AUP students have methodologically searched the Visual Archive Archive to find relevant audio material to document parts of the soundwalk on the Holocaust in Paris.

  • Basia Diagne (Summer 2018)
  • Lauren O'Farrell (Summer 2018)
  • Elin Rosedalen (Summer 2017)
  • Neni Asheeke (Summer 2017)
2016 - 17 Fellows

Student Fellowships

Shiri Salehin
MA in Public Policy and International Law 
Memorialization of the Shoah in France

Stephanie Alexander
MA in International Affairs
Title: Roots of Discrimination and the Reconstruction Era 1865 – 1877

Neni Asheeke & Elin Rosedalen
AUP fellows of the Gens de Paris project

Noémi Bodnàrová
Major: Psychology
Title: Identity Stories

Laurel Hiedewohl
Double Major: Psychology, International Business Administration
Title: Consistency and Changes in Holocaust Testimony Over Time

Andee Gershenberg
Major: Psychology
Title: Consistency and Changes in Holocaust Testimony Over Time

Stephanie Alexander
MA in International Affairs
Title: The Variance of African American Freedom between 1866-1896, Rights Language and the Historic Black Press

Vanessa Cardenas
MA in Diplomacy and International Law
Title: A Comparative Analysis of Survivor Testimony and Rape Prosecutions Under International Law

Stella Kim
MA in International Affairs and BA in International and Comparative Politics
Title: Japanese Imperial Genocide Sex Slavery (joint with Soyoung Park)

Soyoung Park
MA in International Affairs and BA in International and Comparative Politics
Title: Japanese Imperial Genocide Sex Slavery (joint with Stella Kim)

Yana Kotina
Major: Art History
Title: Anslem Kiefer and Paul Celan, or the Contemporary Perception of Art and Poetry after the Holocaust

Raven Gaddy 
MA in International Affairs
Title: Trauma: The Hidden Cost of Humanitarian Law

Sheena Dass
MA in International Affairs
Title: Contextualization of Persecution and Genocide within an International Legal Framework

Rachel Fallon
MA in International Affairs
Title: War and Peace, Art and Empathy

Kendra Mills
Major: History, Law and Society 
Title: Rwandan Women and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Stefanie Kundakjian
MA International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development
Title 1: Living Assets, Transferred Wealth: The Value of Armenian Women at the End of the Ottoman Empire and Early Republican Era
Title 2: Living Assets: Inherited Values from the Armenian Genocide Reflected in Tradition and Status Quo

Marie Robin
Major: History
Title: An Investigation of the Meaning of Genocidal Rape: How Tutsi Women Construct the Story of their Rape.

Hannah V. Johnson, Hannah M. Gressler and David L. Mueller

Student fellowships awarded to attend the Library of Congress with Prof. Roy Rosenstein. Their research investigated the denazification of occupied Germany after the war. The grant helped fund these students trip to visit the Holocaust Museum and the National Archives in Washington DC.