Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

Deadline: 20 December 2013 (Seminary applications) and 6 January 2014 (journalism, law, and medical applications)
Open to: students in medical, law, seminary, and journalism graduate programs, working journalists who completed their undergraduate degree in the past five years
Fellowship:  food, Transatlantic and European travel, and lodging


The purpose of FASPE is to inform the personal and professional lives of future civic leaders through a structured program of study that uses the role of their chosen professions in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust as a backdrop for the consideration of contemporary ethical issues.

Piloted initially with two programs in the summer of 2010, FASPE will host four application-based programs in the summer of 2014: journalism, law, medical, and seminary.

FASPE programs run for twelve days. While the workshops, seminars, and site visits vary with each trip, they generally follow this outline:

  • Orientation is held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York (USA) and includes touring exhibits, meeting with Holocaust survivors, and working with FASPE staff and guest scholars.
  • Fellows travel to Berlin, Germany, to visit and study the city’s historical and cultural sites. Educational workshops take place at such locations as the House of the Wannsee Conference, where in 1942, representatives of State and Nazi Party agencies convened to discuss and coordinate plans for the “Final Solution.”
  • Fellows travel to Oświęcim, Poland, the town the Germans called Auschwitz, where they tour Auschwitz-Birkenau and work with the distinguished staff at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
  • Fellows also travel to Krakow, Poland, where they explore the city’s rich Jewish, Catholic, and Polish history. Sessions devoted to contemporary ethics take place in seminar rooms at Auschwitz and at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious universities.

After the trip’s completion, each participant submits a final written product focused on a contemporary ethical issue chosen by the Fellow. Some of these are included in an annual journal of essays published by FASPE.

The tentative dates for FASPE Law and FASPE Journalism are May 25 – June 5, 2014.  The tentative dates for FASPE Medical and FASPE Seminary are June 15 – June 26, 2014. 


All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging and food are covered.  Fellows are responsible for their own travel to and from New York at the beginning and end of the trip.  FASPE does not preclude any person from participating due to financial need.  Financial aid is available.


FASPE is for students in medical, law, seminary, and journalism graduate programs. Working journalists who completed their undergraduate degree in the past five years are also eligible.


The FASPE application includes both an online form and the required submission of four supplemental materials (see below for more details).

First choose the program that fits with your academic program and complete the appropriate online application (see a list of the questions on the online form HERE):

For journalism applicants
For law students
For medical students
For seminary students (Deadline: 20 December 2013 5 p.m. EST)

All applicants also need to submit the following supplemental materials: a resume, transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, a short essay, and two letters of recommendation, preferably sent via email to FASPE@mjhnyc.org.

For FASPE Seminary applications: All materials must be received by Friday, 20 December 2013 to be considered.
For FASPE Journalism, Law, and Medical applications: All materials must be received by Monday, 6 January 2014 to be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact Thorin Tritter at ttritter@FASPE.info.

For more information, visit the official website HERE.

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