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Research Fellowships

The Museum’s Fellowships encourage deep and focused research across any aspect of the Holocaust and Museum Studies. Fellow are provided access to the Sydney Jewish Museum’s collection, programs and research team in order to produce a project that brings knowledge into scholarly and public arenas.

2022 Fellowship Applications

Applications for the 2022 SJM Research Fellowship are now open. 

The Sydney Jewish Museum Research Fellowship is a funded, annual fellowship that encourages deep and focused research across any topic relevant to the Museum’s exhibitions, collection or programming. This includes, but is not limited to the Holocaust, Human Rights, Jewish culture, Museum Studies, memorialisation, and Civics and Citizenship education. The fellowship’s main goal is to bring knowledge of the Museum’s work into scholarly and public arenas. Interdisciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged.

Fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • Be present at the Museum for 1-2 days a week, for a total of 3 consecutive months as chosen in 2022 (with a possibility for a 3-month extension should further access to the Museum be required);
  • Publish a significant scholarly paper based on their research in the Museum’s journal Musings;
  • Give a public lecture at the Museum on the findings of their research;
  • Develop an education resource in collaboration with the SJM educators for use in the Museum’s education programs (where applicable);

We encourage applications from professional academics, early career scholars, independent researchers and research students. Applicants’ research records will be assessed relative to opportunity.

Applications close 31 March, 2022. Enquires can be sent to

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Being a research fellow at the Sydney Jewish Museum gave me access to a vast collection of archival material and historical artefacts. As a dress historian, being able to handle a garment is so important: to see traces of where a garment was altered, a hem turned or perhaps a secret pocket inserted. But beyond access to the collection, the opportunity to share ideas with and seek the expertise and knowledge of the many experts at the Museum is invaluable

Dr Jonathan Kaplan, 2021 Sydney Jewish Museum Fellow

Current Sydney Jewish Museum Fellows

Dr Edwina Light

Sydney Jewish Museum Visiting Fellow
The University of Sydney

Associate Professor Michael Robertson

Sydney Jewish Museum Visiting Professorial Fellow
The University of Sydney

Professor Garry Walter AM

Sydney Jewish Museum Visiting Professorial Fellow
The University of Sydney and Dalhousie University

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