Early Warning Project Genocide Prevention Fellowship Program
Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide
The Simon-Skojdt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is pleased to announce this call for proposals for 2015 Early Warning Project Genocide Prevention Fellows.
The Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide (Simon-Skjodt Center) is dedicated to stimulating timely global action to prevent genocide and to catalyze an international response when it occurs. Our goal is to make the prevention of genocide a core foreign policy priority for leaders around the world through a multipronged program of research, education, and public outreach. We work to equip decision makers, starting with officials in the United States but also extending to other governments, with the knowledge, tools, and institutional support required to prevent—or, if necessary, halt—genocide and related crimes against humanity.
Through its Genocide Prevention Fellowship Program, the Simon-Skojdt Center seeks to incubate new ideas and innovative tools for preventing genocide, to generate a deeper understanding of the causes of genocide and where it threatens to occur today, and to create an international cadre of leaders across professions who are actively engaged in genocide prevention. The program offers policy makers, scholars, practitioners, and experts from a wide variety of fields and countries the opportunity to produce work that will advance the field of genocide prevention and the mandate of the Simon-Skjodt Center.
In partnership with Dartmouth College, the Simon-Skjodt Center created the Early Warning Project, the first system of its kind to combine state-of-the-art methods to produce risk assessments of the potential for mass atrocities around the world. The first part of the system uses statistical forecasts to assess which countries are most at risk for a new onset of state-led mass killing. The second part of the system continually elicits predictive judgments from experts on the state of risk in specific places, making it possible to track changes in risk during the interval between quantitative assessments.
The Early Warning Project opens exciting possibilities for research that can advance our understanding of the risks and drivers of genocide, improve the accuracy of early warning efforts, and lead to new or improved prevention tools. The Simon-Skjodt Center is establishing an Early Warning Fellowship program to continue to advance this work and foster further engagement and development in the field of genocide prevention.
The Simon-Skjodt Center will ensure exposure for completed Fellowship projects by disseminating project findings to experts, practitioners, and policy makers engaged with the issue of genocide prevention, as well as by incorporating project results into its own efforts to build will and capacity to recognize where mass atrocities threaten and to mitigate the risks.
Fellowship Program Aims:
The Early Warning Project Fellow will conduct research in and on a country assessed by the Early Warning Project’s statistical risk assessments to be at high risk for the onset of a new episode of state-led mass killing. Applicants should use the Early Warning Project website to inform their proposals; specifically we are seeking proposals for research in countries that are among the top 25 most at risk for a state-led mass killing and that currently do not receive a lot of international attention. The Fellowship is intended to provide Early Warning Project audiences with a deep-dive of that country and the dynamics that contribute to the risk of mass atrocities, as well as outline policy options that the US government and international community can take to mitigate that risk. The paper should put the Early Warning Project’s statistical risk assessments into context with the political realities in that country, as well as the policy options that reflect those realities.
Terms of Fellowship:
The project will result in a paper that reports the results of the research; a template specifying the structure of the report and key questions it needs to address will be provided. Fellows will spend up to one week at the Museum at the start of the fellowship discussing and refining their plans for their projects and research, and will return to the Museum for up to one week at the end of the term to present their findings to Museum staff and complete the project.
Fellows may also be requested to present their work at appropriate convenings which they may help to organize. Fellows will provide the Museum with a copy of the final product, which the Museum may use for its website, exhibits, events or publications. On a case-by-case basis, Fellows might be asked to advise or assist Simon-Skjodt Center staff on follow-on projects that would benefit from their input. This would be done by mutual agreement between the staff and the fellow.
A stipend of $15,000 will be provided to Fellows, and is intended to cover all travel, research, and administrative costs associated with the Fellowship.
Applications for Early Warning Genocide Prevention Fellowships will be evaluated based upon the following factors:
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This Fellowship opportunity has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Mark and Anita Sarna and Family.