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Lorraine Beitler Research Fellowship

The Kislak Center invites scholars interested in working with the extensive resources of the Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair to apply for a this bi-annual, one-month fellowship, expected to take place in the summer of 2024. Applications for this year's fellowship cycle are due March 31, 2024.

Image from postcard showing Emile Zola drawing J'accuse on a card held by French military officers
Postcard from the Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair, Penn Libraries

Fellowship Details

The Lorraine Beitler Fellowship will be for a one-month duration and carries a stipend of $3500. The expectation is that the Fellow will be onsite at the Kislak Center for all or most of that time. Recipients will be expected to curate a small exhibit from materials in the collection and give a presentation on their research findings or larger project during the following academic year. Applications are welcome from faculty, graduate students, independent scholars, teachers, lawyers, and journalists who are engaged in projects that bear on the historical lessons and enduring significance of the Dreyfus Affair. In keeping with the breadth of the Collection, we welcome proposals focusing on history, sociology, literature, Jewish studies, communications, political science, rhetoric, art history, law, or human rights.

Fellows will also have access to the wide-ranging collections of the Kislak Center, including the collections of the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies.

How to Apply

Please send a short CV and 600-word description of your research project, including an explanation of why and how the Beitler Collection will contribute to its overall goals and methodology, to

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2024. Applicants will be notified in mid to late April.

About the Collection

Housed in the Kislak Center, the Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair includes posters, broadsides, newspapers, magazines, letters, prints, caricatures, books, and postcards documenting the history of the Dreyfus Affair and its global impact on the art, society, and politics of France and the modern world. All of the major events of the Affair, from the wrongful conviction of Captain Alfred Dreyfus for treason in 1894 to Emile Zola’s galvanizing statement headlined “J’Accuse…!” in 1898, to Dreyfus’ long-awaited exoneration in 1906 are represented by original items in the collection. The Collection was assembled by Dr. Lorraine Beitler as a resource for students, scholars, and members of the community interested in the research and study of the Dreyfus Affair and its importance to stimulate discussion of issues of prejudice, justice, politics and personal courage. Dr. Beitler’s intent was that the Collection would be used broadly to examine and promote understanding and social justice.