Apply for FASPE fellowship programs —Business, Journalism, Law, Medical and Seminary Programs

DEADLINE for all programs is Wednesday, 6th January, 2021

At the core of FASPE are its five fellowship programs—BusinessJournalismLawMedical and Seminary—which award fellowships to American and international graduate students in professional schools and to early-career professionals. Every year, 12 to 18 fellows are chosen in each discipline through a competitive application process.

Each program is comprised of an intensive two-week trip during the early summer to Germany and Poland where fellows attend seminars and visit historical sites. The trips all begin in Berlin and continue on to Krakow and Auschwitz. Fellows in the Business, Journalism and Law programs travel together, sharing meals and several interdisciplinary seminars in addition to their discipline-specific classes. Fellows in the Medical and Seminary programs travel together with the same benefits.

The individual fellowship programs are led by faculty who are professors in graduate schools, practicing professionals and historians. The curricula were designed by leading ethicists, practitioners and historians. The itineraries focus first on the actions of professionals in Nazi Germany—so as to provide the fellows with a grounding in the importance of their professions. The second portions of the trips are devoted to contemporary issues in the professions.

FASPE uses an online application system through Submittable. All applications must be submitted through the FASPE Submittable application portal. To ensure that you have the smoothest experience in applying, please be sure to first read through all instructions below carefully.

May 21, 2021 – June 4, 2021: Business, Journalism and Law
June 11, 2021 – June 25, 2021: Medical and Seminary

To confirm your eligibility for a FASPE program, please refer to the program for which you are interested in the Programs tab.

Detailed Description of Application Components

1. Online form
The online cover form on Submittable will ask for basic information about you. This will include your contact information, schools you have attended and the names and contact information for those writing letters of recommendation and those serving as references.

2. Resume
Your resume should include your educational and employment history, along with any honors, awards and/or publications.

3. Transcripts
We require transcripts from all institutions of higher education where you spent significant time. (There is no need to send transcripts from a semester abroad or for a single summer course.) You may submit official electronic transcripts or scans of official hard copy transcripts. Printouts and screen shots of online transcripts are not acceptable. If you are in your first year of a program and are unable to submit a transcript because your grades are not yet reported, please submit a letter from your dean confirming your enrollment in your degree program, confirming that you are a student in good standing, and, ideally, including a list of the classes you are currently taking. Please note that a school admissions letter or a letter from your registrar that does not include your degree program is not acceptable as proof of enrollment.

4. Short Essay Questions
We require responses to short essay questions. The questions depend on program; and the requested length of each essay is indicated within the questions. Please select the link below that corresponds to the FASPE program to which you are applying, to see the questions and respective word limits

FASPE Business – Short Essay Questions
Download PDF of Business Questions

FASPE Journalism – Short Essay Questions
Download PDF of Journalism Questions

FASPE Law – Short Essay Questions
Download PDF of Law Questions

FASPE Medical – Short Essay Questions
Download PDF of Medical Questions

FASPE Seminary – Short Essay Questions
Download PDF of Seminary Questions

5. Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation from academic faculty are required. We prefer letters from academic faculty who have taught you in your current or most recent graduate program, although we will also accept letters from faculty from previous graduate education or from your undergraduate career. For early-career professionals or those with significant and relevant professional experience applying to the Business, Journalism, Law or Seminary programs, letters may also come from a supervisor or other employer. All letters of recommendation must come directly from the recommenders. There will be further information on the Submittable form on how recommenders can send their letters directly to us through Submittable.

If your recommenders seek guidance on what to include in their letters, please convey that we are looking for the following:

  • A discussion of any of your academic work and/or work or other experiences that would enrich this program with its focus on contemporary professional ethics;
  • Information about how actively you participate in class discussions and/or an assessment of your verbal and written expression;
  • Details about how you have reacted in emotionally and intellectually intense classroom exchanges or work experiences;
  • Details about your ability to work and travel in small groups;
  • An assessment of your potential to be a leader in your field, based on a comparison of your strengths and weaknesses to others who have followed similar paths; and
  • Any other information that he/she finds relevant.

6. References
The names and contact information of two additional references. No letter is required from these references, but they should be prepared to discuss your academic and professional work experience, intellectual and emotional maturity and ability to work and travel with others. Relatives cannot be used as references.


For more information visit the official webpage of Faspe Fellowship

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