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            The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention funds a wide range of proposals related to genocide, the Shoah, the causes and consequences of mass violence, conflict prevention and resolution, dialogue, peace, and the roots of hatred and discrimination. AUP faculty and students (both undergraduate and graduate) from all disciplines are eligible to apply for Schaeffer Fellowships to support research projects, curricular development, pedagogy, research and conference travel, internship support, campus events, as well as the development of innovative strategies for the dissemination findings to the public.

            Applications are due October 15 and February 16, yearly. Please note that the review process takes place after each deadline. Proposals must be submitted at least two months in advance of the project start date. If your request for a grant is time sensitive, please apply for funding in the previous grant cycle.


            Applicants are asked to make a case for their application in relation to these criteria:

            • the fit of the proposal with the Center’s mission.
            • the academic merit of the proposed activity.
            • the value of the proposed activity to the Center, in terms of its academic visibility and credibility.


            The Center is particularly interested in proposals that:

            • further the Center’s mission.
            • include the intensive use of the Visual History Archive or add to its archives.
            • make an impact on the public’s understanding of the causes and consequences of genocide and other forms of mass violence.


            For more information on the types of projects we fund, please scroll down to see examples of previous awards.  



            To apply for a student or faculty fellowship, please fill out this form and upload a project narrative, a letter of support and a budget proposal. Only complete applications will be considered for funding.


            Past Fellows

            2018 - 19 Fellows

            Students Fellowships

            Sanae Alouazen
            Major: International and Comparative Politics
            Title: Gender, violence and the colonial project: The case of Algeria

            Alexandra Avena
            Major: Msc International Management
            Title: Geneva International Model UN 2019 Annual Conference

            Kelly Demjanick
            Major: International Affairs
            Title: Justice and Peace: An Examination of Ad Hoc Tribunals in their ability to Facilitate Conflict Prevention


            Andee Gershenberg
            Major: MA International Affairs
            Title: The Experiences of Migrant Women Accessing Higher Education in the Ile-de-France

            Gabriel Green
            Major: International and Comparative Politics & International Law
            Title: Island of Despair: A case study of Lesvos and how EU policies have impacted asylum seekers on the 'doorstep of Europe'

            Courtney Kelly
            Major: MA Diplomacy and International Law
            Title: UN Global Youth Summit

            Amy Oloo
            Major: MA International Affairs
            Title: Internship with the World Federalist Movement & Institute for Global Policy

            Faculty Fellowships

            Kerstin Carlson, Associate Professor of International and Comparative Politics, “The Justice Laboratory: Hybrid Court for South Sudan”.

            Professor Carlson was awarded travel funding to conduct interviews in Addis Ababa and Djibouti in relation to a book chapter on South Sudan and the hybrid court to try atrocity crimes called for in the peace accords.

            Julian Culp, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, “Regional Distribution as a Distinct Criterion in ICC Prosecution”.

            Professor Culp invited Professor Jiewuh Song of Seoul National University to give a talk to the AUP community. In his lecture, Professor explored the present legitimation crisis of the International Criminal Court.  His presentation contributed to  a better, critical understanding of the institutional mechanisms that are currently in place for legally sanctioning crimes of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

            Michelle Kuo, Assistant Professor of History, Law and Society, “Migrants, Detention and the Right to Seek Asylum in South Texas."

            Jula Wildberger, Professor of Comparative Literature and English. Lecture by Dagmar Kiesel on "Patterns of Invalidation in Augustine's approach to therapeutic and pastoral care."

            Dagmar Kiesel teaches and researches at the University of Erlangen, Germany. Her research focuses on questions of ethics, personal identity, and gender, especially in the work of Augustine and Nietzsche. demonstrates very clearly how ancient discourse may shape even now the way in which we look at and treat the victims of atrocities.

            Miranda Spieler, Assistant Professor of History. Visit from film director Khary Jones to AUP.

            Film maker Khary Jones has been invited to speak at AUP and host a viewing of his film Where the Pavement Ends. This film tackles the subject of police brutality, racial discrimination and the senseless killing of unarmed black people in the U.S.

            Albert Wu, Assistant Professor of History, “Taiwan's White Terror in History and Memory.”

            2017 - 18 Fellows

            Student Fellowships

            Maxine Basch
            MA, International Affairs
            Title: Anti-Semitism in 21st Century France

            Jessica Brainos
            MA, Diplomacy and International Law
            Title: Jewish Russian Women Survivors of the Holocaust who Migrated to Poland before WWII

            Andee Gershenberg
            Major: Psychology
            Title: Consistency and Change in the Holocaust Testimonies over Time

            Brittany Paquay
            Major: History, Law and Society
            Title: Humility in Action: Christianity and Civilian Rescue During the Holocaust

            Isabelle Siege
            Major: History Law and Society
            Title: Award to study the Yiddish language

            Faculty Fellowships

            Marie Regan, Associate Professor of Film, Translating Atrocity: A Feature Documentary

            In this project, I will be talking to translators who work in international criminal court tribunals, translating the testimony of survivors and perpetrators. The goal of the film, in of making the language, and the attempt to process the language central, is to use it as a prism to for exploring witness and the challenge listening in our times.

            Lissa Lincoln, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator for Gender, Sexuality & Society, Order of Violence

            The conference Orders of Violence was dedicated to investigating political violence, exclusion and memory within marginalized communities, with particular emphasis on caste violence and genocide.

            Waddick Doyle, Co-existence: media hate speech and inter-communal realities in Paris

            This project involves studying the origins of ethnic and religious conflict in media discourses particularly those promoted by social media. It then examines and documents the reality of co-existence on the ground in particular institutions, school canteens, hospitals, perhaps prisons, associations and religious organizations. 

            Kerstin Carlson, Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Politics, The Habré Trial and Beyond: New Models of Prosecuting International Crime?

            This book project, conducted in concert with human rights researchers from the University of California, Berkeley (Kim Thuy Seelinger) and Sciences Po (Sharon Weill), examines the impact of the Habré trial on justice organs and actors. Hissène Habré is the ex-president of Chad who oversaw what a 1992 Chadian Truth Commission termed a genocide against targeted ethnic groups in Chad while he was in power from 1982-1990. On May 30, 2016, the Chambres Africaines Extraordinaires Hissène Habré guilty of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture, and sentenced him to life in prison.

            Ziad Majed, Associate Professor of History, Syrie, la révolution orpheline

            This book, published in 2014 in Arabic in Beirut and in French in Paris, has received a grant to be translated into English and updated to include a chapter on the rise of ISIS. 

            ‘It Happened Here’ with Sarah Gensburger, Institut des Sciences sociales du Politique – CNRS, in 2017-2018:

            Five fellows of the Center have worked for the online project "It Happened Here". An immersive audio series, "It Happened Here" allows people to experience History in the city by exploring, through archives, a neighborhood, a street, a building and giving a voice to the people who lived there. During two summers, trained by historian and sociologist Sarah Gensburger and by the Center's postdoctoral fellow Constance Pâris de Bollardière, these AUP students have methodologically searched the Visual Archive Archive to find relevant audio material to document parts of the soundwalk on the Holocaust in Paris.

            • Basia Diagne (Summer 2018)
            • Lauren O'Farrell (Summer 2018)
            • Elin Rosedalen (Summer 2017)
            • Neni Asheeke (Summer 2017)
            2016 - 17 Fellows

            Student Fellowships

            Shiri Salehin
            MA in Public Policy and International Law 
            Memorialization of the Shoah in France

            Stephanie Alexander
            MA in International Affairs
            Title: Roots of Discrimination and the Reconstruction Era 1865 – 1877

            Neni Asheeke & Elin Rosedalen
            AUP fellows of the Gens de Paris project

            Noémi Bodnàrová
            Major: Psychology
            Title: Identity Stories

            Laurel Hiedewohl
            Double Major: Psychology, International Business Administration
            Title: Consistency and Changes in Holocaust Testimony Over Time

            Andee Gershenberg
            Major: Psychology
            Title: Consistency and Changes in Holocaust Testimony Over Time

            Stephanie Alexander
            MA in International Affairs
            Title: The Variance of African American Freedom between 1866-1896, Rights Language and the Historic Black Press

            Vanessa Cardenas
            MA in Diplomacy and International Law
            Title: A Comparative Analysis of Survivor Testimony and Rape Prosecutions Under International Law

            Stella Kim
            MA in International Affairs and BA in International and Comparative Politics
            Title: Japanese Imperial Genocide Sex Slavery (joint with Soyoung Park)

            Soyoung Park
            MA in International Affairs and BA in International and Comparative Politics
            Title: Japanese Imperial Genocide Sex Slavery (joint with Stella Kim)

            Yana Kotina
            Major: Art History
            Title: Anslem Kiefer and Paul Celan, or the Contemporary Perception of Art and Poetry after the Holocaust

            Raven Gaddy 
            MA in International Affairs
            Title: Trauma: The Hidden Cost of Humanitarian Law

            Sheena Dass
            MA in International Affairs
            Title: Contextualization of Persecution and Genocide within an International Legal Framework

            Rachel Fallon
            MA in International Affairs
            Title: War and Peace, Art and Empathy

            Kendra Mills
            Major: History, Law and Society 
            Title: Rwandan Women and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

            Stefanie Kundakjian
            MA International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development
            Title 1: Living Assets, Transferred Wealth: The Value of Armenian Women at the End of the Ottoman Empire and Early Republican Era
            Title 2: Living Assets: Inherited Values from the Armenian Genocide Reflected in Tradition and Status Quo

            Marie Robin
            Major: History
            Title: An Investigation of the Meaning of Genocidal Rape: How Tutsi Women Construct the Story of their Rape.

            Hannah V. Johnson, Hannah M. Gressler and David L. Mueller

            Student fellowships awarded to attend the Library of Congress with Prof. Roy Rosenstein. Their research investigated the denazification of occupied Germany after the war. The grant helped fund these students trip to visit the Holocaust Museum and the National Archives in Washington DC.