Dori Laub Fellowship

The Dori Laub Fellowship for Doctoral Student Research provides an opportunity for a doctoral student to work with the collection and conduct a research visit to New Haven or a Fortunoff Archive access site.

Dori Laub
Dori Laub presenting at an archive event


Together with Laurel Vlock, Dr. Laub began videotaping Holocaust survivors in his office in May 1979 as part of what would become the Holocaust Survivors Film Project (HSFP). Dr. Laub participated in 134 testimony taping sessions for the HSFP and the Fortunoff Archive as well as for other independent projects. He trained interviewers for affiliated projects in the U.S. Israel, Canada, and Europe, and it was his unique perspective as a survivor and clinical psychiatrist shaped the Fortunoff Archive’s distinctive methodology. Laub's work was groundbreaking and critical to the Fortunoff Archive’s growth and success.

Fellowship Description

Doctoral students (doctoral candidates) currently enrolled in PhD or DPhil programs are invited to apply for the Dori Laub Fellowship for Doctoral Student Research. These fellowships support graduate students who will use the Fortunoff Video Archive as a primary resource in their dissertation research.

Only applicants demonstrating a need for in-depth consultation of Fortunoff Video Archive materials will receive serious consideration. The research fellowship provides an allowance of $4,000. These funds are to be used to cover travel and related expenses to a Fortunoff access site, and other related travel to conduct archival research for a dissertation.


Graduate students seeking a fellowship must be currently enrolled in a PhD/doctoral program and must have completed their course work, passed their qualifying examinations, and be conducting research based upon an approved dissertation prospectus/proposal.

Applicants are required to submit the following materials:
• a curriculum vitae
• a proposal (1200 word maximum) explaining in detail the specific relationship between the Fortunoff Video Archive and the applicant’s research
• two confidential letters of recommendation, one of which must come from the principal director of the applicant’s dissertation
• an approved dissertation prospectus/proposal

Please note that the application cannot be submitted partially, the application and the attachment must be submitted together.

Deadline for application: May 1, 2020

Awards will be announced approximately four weeks following application deadlines.

Please send applications and address questions about the fellowship to Gil Rubin (