Student Seminars & Fellowships

Our deep commitment to education on the Holocaust and genocide inspires students to be strong advocates against discrimination, hatred, and antisemitism. 

Manovill Programs

Named in memory of Lilly Manovill z’l, who bravely helped Jews escape the Budapest ghetto. Manovill programs continue her legacy by empowering high school students to be upstanders. 

Manovill Seminar

The Manovill Seminar offers high school students a 3-month exploration of racism, antisemitism, and genocide patterns, focusing on the Holocaust and Cambodian Genocide. Through discussions, survivor testimony, and Tauber Archives exploration, students conclude with a project applying seminar themes.

Manovill Research Fellowship

This invitation-only fellowship allows students to deeply explore a Holocaust or genocide topic of their choice, honing research, writing, and presentation skills. Participants complete an 8-10 page thesis, read a memoir, and present their findings to the community, while also examining modern events related to patterns of genocide.


Conversation Circle

Conversation Circle offers high school students (grades 9-12) a chance to bond with a Holocaust Survivor through four weeks of open discussions. Facilitated by a member of our William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau, students explore personal histories, fostering deeper insights into individual identity and the lasting effects of the Holocaust.

Applications are closed for the fall cohort of Conversation Circle. Please sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about the Summer 2024 Conversation Circle and other opportunities for high school students!

Pell University Fellowship and Manovill University Fellowship

The Pell and Manovill University Fellowships offer undergraduates and graduates paid roles as integral members of the Holocaust Center staff, mentoring teens, supporting survivors, managing archives, and leading educational programming. Fellows contribute to the Center’s work combating antisemitism globally through education and policy initiatives. The positions run from October to June and may offer course credit.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students in a college or university.
  • Applicants must be currently studying in California.
  • Participating as a teaching assistant for extracurricular teen programs
  • Assisting with facilitation of public programs including Simon Preisler Learning Series and Speakers Bureau programs
  • Forming relationships with Holocaust and genocide survivors
  • Supporting the California Collaborative for Holocaust and Genocide Education
  • Developing curriculum and online learning tools for middle school and high school students
  • Mentoring and forming relationships with teens
  • Assisting with maintenance and creation of virtual resources for the Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives
  • Attending a monthly University Fellow seminar
  • Actively participating with members of the Holocaust Center staff on relevant projects
  • Current undergraduate or graduate student
    • Familiarity with the history of the Holocaust and completion of related coursework (eg. genocide studies, history, sociology, comparative literature) is preferred
  • Currently studying in California
  • Experience working with youth and/or an interest in teaching
  • Strong interest in public history, social work, the non-profit sector, or work with a Jewish social service agency
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of computer software, including video conferencing software, and social media
  • Commitment to professionalism and responsibility is required, as is the willingness to learn
  • Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with a variety of people
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and attention to detail

“I now know that I can help to make the change I want to see in the world.”

—Eve, 2023 Pell University Fellow 

Join us in building a future free from antisemitism and hate.

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