Call for Student Fellowship Funding: The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention

January 25, 2016

The newly opened George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention at AUP is planning to organize a number of events on understanding the causes and consequences of genocide and mass violence. They are now calling for Student Fellowship Funding. Submit a written proposal for projects, travel and other activities related to the Center’s mission, which focuses on testimonies from survivors of the Shoah and the genocides in Armenia, Rwanda and Nanjing, among other topics. The deadline for applications is Feb 10, 2016 and on a rolling deadline after.

The Center funds research and projects on genocide, the Shoah, the causes and consequences of mass violence, conflict prevention and resolution, dialogue, peace, and the roots of hatred and discrimination.

The Center is particularly interested in proposals that:

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

AUP students (both undergraduate and graduate) from all disciplines are eligible to apply, in collaboration with faculty mentors, in these two areas:
Schaeffer Student Fellow (includes honorific title and modest stipend for research or tuition reduction)
Student Research Travel
Student Conference on Research

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

  • the fit of the proposal with the center’s mission (see below).
  • the academic merit of the proposed activity.
  • the value of the proposed activity to the Center, in terms of its academic visibility and credibility.

Download the application form hereFile Student Application Form for Schaeffer Center Fellowship and Funding.docx  and send it accompanied by a letter in which a case is made for the merit of the application. Applications include a note from the Chair (for faculty) or Advisor (for students).  In cases approved by the Provost or the Center Director, from another member of the faculty may comment on the case made by the applicant.
Applications should be sent to Brenda Torney, Grant Administrator, in the Office of Academic Affairs at They will considered and prioritized by the scientific committee of the Center. Applications must be made in advance of the activities to be supported. Deadline for students: February 10.

Mission Statement
The mission of the George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention

Prevention is to promote innovative research, curricula and pedagogies leading to the deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of genocide and mass violence. As France’s first host of the complete Visual History Archives of the Shoah Foundation (a collection of over 53,000 testimonies in 39 languages from 62 countries of survivors and witnesses to the Shoah and the Armenian, Rwandan and Nanjing genocides), The American University of Paris will make this important resource available to researchers, teachers and students for the purpose of investigating and disseminating new insights into the origins of collective hatred, fundamentalist ideologies, discrimination and mass violence as well as the aftereffects of these in historical, social and individual memory. Our goal is to foster scholarly convocation, in France and internationally, via conferences, lectures, and publication, on the ways that individuals, communities and governments can respond to the challenges of extreme violence in the service of enduring peace and understanding.