The Selwin Belofsky Fellowship in Holocaust Studies is awarded to students who want to work on topics related to the Holocaust, and who have been accepted to the Ph.D. program of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. Belofsky Fellows receive 12-month stipends of $20,000 along with remission of all UT Dallas tuition and fees annually for up to five years, subject to satisfactory progress toward the PhD degree.
Sarah Valente and Scott Swartsfager are the current recipients of the Belofsky Fellowship in Holocaust Studies. Miss Valente is a fourth-year PhD student in Humanities, majoring in History of Ideas and pursuing original research on Holocaust Literature of Brazil, Latin American Intellectual History, and Translation Studies. Mr. Swartsfager is a third-year PhD student specializing in Intellectual History and pursuing original research on key European cities, the Jewish contributions to their cultures, and their roles in the Holocaust.
The children and grandchildren of the late Mike Jacobs established this fellowship in his honor to recognize the life of a man who witnessed history and shared his story with others. Jacobs, a Holocaust survivor, successful business man, and author, was known as an enthusiastic speaker and a dedicated member of the Dallas Jewish community. This fellowship helps to fund the academic career of a UT Dallas graduate student who will focus on Holocaust studies.
Sarah Seiselmyer is the current recipient of the Mike Jacobs Fellowship. Miss. Seiselmyer is a first-year PhD candidate in History of Ideas with a focus in Holocaust Studies.
The Ackerman Center is currently considering applications for the Mala and Adolph Einspruch Fellowship. The recipient will be announced shortly.