The Alabama Holocaust Education Center announces a call for applications for the 2024 Siegler Fellowship.
The application deadline is October 15, 2023.
The 2024 Siegler Fellow will develop specialized content for exhibit tours alongside the AHEC’s professional team. The AHEC’s permanent exhibit, Darkness into Life, tells the stories of 20 Alabama Holocaust survivors from across Europe. The successful applicant will conduct a comparative analysis of the Holocaust in two different countries to better contextualize the experiences of these Alabama survivors. Research of primary sources and survivor testimony will be required.
The Siegler Fellowship provides a $1000 stipend for the selected student and covers related expenses to research. The Fellow will gain valuable experience conducting research and working in the field of public history. Applications are open to undergraduate students of junior or senior standing, as well as graduate students or recent graduates that have demonstrated a strong background in the social sciences or humanities, in fields such as History, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, or Journalism/Mass Communications. The Fellowship time frame is January 15 to May 15, 2024. Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than November 1, 2023. Applicants will be subject to background checks.
The 2024 Siegler Fellow will:
- Complete a tour script and create supplemental materials for visitors
- Work alongside staff in docent training
- Lead a tour based on original research
- Currently enrolled or recently graduated from a graduate or undergraduate program
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment
- Experience conducting historical research
- Ability to work remotely and in the AHEC office as needed
- Ability to speak to diverse groups about sensitive topics
Applicants Must Submit the Following
- An up-to-date resume or CV
- A current transcript (official or unofficial)
- A one-page writing sample
- The names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two academic references
About the AHEC
The Alabama Holocaust Education Center (AHEC) 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 Alabama 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 Alabama Holocaust Education Center is settling into a new permanent home. Under a long-term-year lease with Temple Emanu-El, the AHEC has transformed the Temple’s former Discovery School into an 8,000-square-foot center that includes an exhibit area, multipurpose room to be used for education and community programming, lobby, archives, and the largest Holocaust library in the Southeast.
The mission of the Alabama Holocaust Education Center (AHEC) 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 AHEC seeks to promote a moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred, and indifference for the benefit of all humanity.