The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center announces a call for applications for the 2021 Siegler Fellowship.
The Siegler Fellowship was created in 2017 in honor of Holocaust survivor Ruth Siegler’s 90th birthday. Her children and grandchildren worked with the BHEC to create this paid research fellowship opportunity for a graduate or post-graduate student, to ensure that the stories of Holocaust survivors would be preserved for future generations.
The Siegler Fellowship provides a $1,000 stipend for the selected student and covers related expenses to research, prepare, and deliver a presentation on the life of a Holocaust survivor or a Holocaust-related topic, with particular focus on topics that also relate to Alabama. The student will gain experience researching and presenting papers.
The application deadline is July 1, 2021 and students will be notified of acceptance no later than July 15, 2021.
The Fellowship time frame is August 15 to December 15, 2021. The final presentation will be coordinated between the Siegler Fellow and the Fellowship Supervisor.
Applicants Must Submit the Following
- A one-page, single-spaced proposal including an overview of the research project and a discussion of the methods of the research.
- An up-to-date resume or CV
- A current transcript (official or unofficial)
- A brief writing sample
- Two references
About the BHEC
The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (BHEC) first organized in 2002 as the Birmingham Holocaust Education Committee, an all-volunteer sub-committee of the Alabama Holocaust Commission (AHC). The initial organizers included community volunteers, educators, and survivors who recognized the need for more Holocaust education in our community. In 2011, the organization changed its name to the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, and by 2014, the organization filed for its own 501c3 status and hired its first full-time, paid employee.
As it enters its third decade, the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center is finalizing plans for a new permanent home. Under a long-term-year lease with Temple Emanu-El, the BHEC will transform the Temple’s former Discovery School into an 8,000-square-foot center that will include an exhibit area, multipurpose room to be used for education and community programming, lobby, archives, and library.
The mission of the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (BHEC) is to educate the people of Alabama about the history of the Holocaust so that new generations will apply the lessons of the Holocaust to the construction of a more just, humane, and tolerant future. By preserving and sharing the stories of local Holocaust survivors and commemorating the events of the Holocaust and the lives of those who perished, the BHEC seeks to promote a moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred, and indifference for the benefit of all humanity.