Learn, Inspire, Advocate!

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

Eve, University Fellow, 2022-2023

The Pell University Fellowship and Manovill University Fellowship provide undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to become essential members of the Holocaust Center staff. Pell and Manovill Fellows mentor teens, work with Holocaust and genocide survivors, support the Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives, and facilitate programming for students and adults. They support the Holocaust Center’s work in confronting antisemitism through education and public policy. Virtual programming has expanded the Holocaust Center’s reach beyond California and the United States.

Each Fellowship is a paid position, October through June. Fellows may receive course credit upon completion.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students in a college or university.
  • Applicants must be currently studying in California.

Special support and funding for the Pell and Manovill University Fellowships are made possible by the Pell Family Foundation and the JFCS Lilly Manovill Tauber Endrei Education Fund.

The Pell University Fellowship is inspired by the legacy of Joseph and Eda Pell, survivors of the Holocaust and strong advocates for Holocaust education.

The Manovill University Fellowship is named in memory of Lilly Manovill z”l, who courageously helped fellow Jews from the Budapest ghetto escape and survive. Lilly had a passion for research and supporting the community.

One Fellow reflects on teaching social justice >

Read one Fellow’s contribution to the Holocaust Center blog >

For more information, contact: Yedida Kanfer, Director of Programming, at [email protected], 415-449-3748.

Fellowship Responsibilities

May include:

  • 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

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