Learn, Teach, and Inspire

The University Fellowship provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to become essential members of the Holocaust Center staff. Fellows mentor students, conduct research in the Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives, and create innovative lesson plans. The Holocaust Center annually reaches more than 20,000 students across Northern California.

Fellows work 10 hours a week and occasional evenings and Sundays (October through June). Upon completion, fellows receive a stipend of $5,000 and course credit when applicable.

Special support and funding are made possible by the Pell University Fellowship Fund and the Lilly Manovill Tauber Endrei Education Fund.

The application period for the 2018-2019 University Fellowship is now closed. If you would like to be notified when the 2019-2020 application period opens, please complete our inquiry form >

For more information, contact: Yedida Kanfer, Manager of Library, Archives, and Education Services, at YedidaK@jfcs.org, 415-449-3748.

I can’t express how fortunate I am, to have experienced the University Fellowship with the JFCS Holocaust Center. Over the course of the year, my mentors gave me every opportunity to learn not just about Holocaust education, but about being an effective teacher and leader in our local and global communities. 

— Melanie Santos, 2016-17 University Fellow

Read what last year’s Fellows had to say about their experiences >

Fellowship Responsibilities

  • Participating as a teaching assistant for the Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship and/or the Next Chapter program.
  • Developing curriculum for middle school and high school students.
  • Conducting research in the Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives.
  • Supervising student volunteers at the annual community-wide Day of Learning and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) programs.
  • Welcoming visitors and students to the Holocaust Center in person, by phone, and email.
  • Actively participating with members of the Holocaust Center staff on relevant projects.


  • Current undergraduate or graduate student at a Bay Area university or college
    • Familiarity with the history of the Holocaust
    • Completed or currently enrolled in related courses (Holocaust studies, genocide studies, and/or Jewish history)
  • Experience working with youth and an interest in teaching
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Computer skills
    • Microsoft Office proficiency required
    • Tech-savvy / quick learner
    • Familiar with social media
  • Creative, professional, and mature attitude
  • Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with a variety of people
  • Strong organizational / time management skills, and attention to detail

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