Learn, Teach, and Inspire

I am so grateful to have learned how to educate, how to fight against injustice, and how to dream of a better world — Shayna, University Fellow, 2021

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, and facilitate virtual 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, with a commitment of about 10 hours a week, 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.
  • At this time, we are only accepting applicants who have current ties to the Bay Area. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Bay Area college or university or are currently residing in the Bay Area.

Special support and funding are made possible by the Pell Family Foundation and 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.

The application period for the 2021-22 University Fellowship is closed. Please check back this summer for the 2022-2023 school year application. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in becoming a Pell or Manovill University Fellow should fill out our inquiry form.

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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

  • Participating as a teaching assistant for extracurricular teen programs
  • Assisting with facilitation of virtual public programs at the JFCS Holocaust Center, including Simon Preisler Learning Series and Speakers Bureau programs
  • 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 enrolled in a Bay Area college or university or currently residing in the Bay Area.
  • Experience working with youth and an interest in teaching
  • 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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