Badzin Fellowship

Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of History invite applications from current doctoral students in the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts for the Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The Badzin Fellowship is awarded every two years and pays a stipend of $22,500 and $1,000 toward the mandatory graduate student fees. Call for applications are usually posted at the beginning of spring semester.

Applications for the 2021-2022 year must be submitted by Friday, January 21, 2022. Submit application materials and questions to:


An applicant must be a full-time student in a PhD program in the College of Liberal Arts, currently enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of study, and have a doctoral dissertation project relating to the Holocaust and/or genocide studies.

The fellowship will be awarded on the basis of the quality and scholarly potential of the dissertation project, the applicant's quality of performance in the graduate program, and the applicant's general scholarly promise.

The Badzin Fellowship is an exclusive award. It may not be held concurrently with another award or teaching responsibilities.  The student’s home department will be asked to pay tuition and health insurance fees.

Required Application Materials

  1. A letter of application (maximum four pages single-spaced) describing the applicant's intellectual interests and dissertation research, and the research and/or writing which the applicant expects to do during the fellowship year.
  2. A current curriculum vitae for the applicant.
  3. An unofficial transcript of all graduate work done at the University of Minnesota.
  4. A letter from the student’s Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) stating that the department supports the nomination and understands that it will be responsible for tuition and health insurance.
  5. Two confidential letters of recommendation from UMN faculty, discussing the quality of the applicant's graduate work and dissertation project and the applicant's progress toward completing the degree, sent directly to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.


  • 2020-2021: Jillian LaBranche, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology
  • 2018-2019: Brooke Chambers, PhD Student, Department of Sociology
  • 2017-2018: Moritz Meutzner, PhD Student, Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch
  • 2016-2017: Miray Philips, PhD Student, Department of Sociology
  • 2015-2016: Yagmur Karakaya, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology
  • 2014-2015: Paula Sofia Cuellar, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Minor in Human Rights
  • 2013-2014 (spring 2015-extension): Wahutu Siguru, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology
  • 2009-2010: Adam Blackler, PhD Candidate, Department of History