Fortunoff/VWI Research Fellowship

The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies and the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) are delighted to announce the establishment of a postdoctoral fellowship position. Scholars who have completed their PhD studies and have produced works of scholarship are eligible for receiving the Fortunoff/VWI research fellowship.

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The Fellow will be able to conduct research on a topic of their choice in the field of Holocaust studies at the VWI using the digital collection of the Fortunoff Archive in Vienna. Beyond the research work itself, the stay at the institute is intended to encourage communication and scientific exchange among the fellows at VWI. At the end of their stay, the fellow is required to submit a research paper for the institute’s e-journal S:I.M.O.N. – Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation, as well as contribute to the Fortunoff Archive's Critical Edition Series.
Application Information
The deadline for the 2020 cycle has passed. Please contact the Archive for more information on upcoming fellowships.
Current Fellow

Julie Dawson

Fortunoff/VWI Fellow 2020-2021

Julie Dawson is a doctoral candidate at the University of Vienna’s Institute for Contemporary History. She holds a master’s degree in Jewish Studies and certificate in East Central European Studies from Columbia University and B.A. and B.M. from Northwestern University. Dawson worked for the Leo Baeck Institute from 2010-2019, acting as director and primary researcher of their archival survey of Bukovina and Transylvania ( for six years. From 2016-2019 she was the summer researcher-in-residence at the synagogue in Mediaș, Romania for the EU Horizon 2020 project TRACES: Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts. Her research interests include Bukovina, communist Romania, post-war European Jewish history, women’s history, trauma and memory studies. Julie’s research project is titled “The Legacy of Trauma: Examining the ‘Crisis of Life’ in Jewish Survivor Diaries of Early Post-War Romania.”