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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) organises academic events in order to provide the broader public as well as an expert audience with regular insights into the most recent research results in the fields of Holocaust, genocide, and racism research. These events, some of which extend beyond academia in the stricter sense, take on different formats ranging from small lectures to the larger Simon Wiesenthal Lectures and from workshops addressing an expert audience to larger international conferences and the Simon Wiesenthal Conferences. This reflects the institute’s wide range of activities.


The range of events further extends to the presentation of selected new publications on the institute’s topics of interest, interventions in the public space, the film series VWI Visuals, and the fellows’ expert colloquia.



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Conny Kristel Fellowship Programme 2021

from Thursday, 21. January 2021 -  08:00
to Monday, 15. March 2021 - 23:59


By facilitating international access to an unprecedented range of key archives and collections related to the Holocaust as well as 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.

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.

All successful applicants are invited 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 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.


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 March 2021

The complete application package should be sent as an email attachment in DOC or PDF format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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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