Ongoing Call

MSA Fellowship “Memory Scholars at Risk” 

Call for Host Institutions 

The Memory Studies Association offers funds for two fellowships of 8000 euros each to support memory scholars at risk. The MSA is looking for institutions across the world that would like to provide a place of academic refuge, including matching funds or equivalent in-kind assistance. Such institutions can contact scholars at risk known to them or seek advice from the MSA, which is collecting information on colleagues needing support. While the MSA is currently able to offer two fellowships, it is continuing efforts to raise more funds for additional fellowships.

General rules of the application:

  1. The host institution names an MSA Fellow.
  2. The host institution is expected to facilitate the integration of the MSA Fellow into the local academic community.
  3. The host institution delegates a senior or mid-career scholar to work with the MSA Fellow as a liaison.
  4. The two scholars are encouraged to co-write an article or co-produce any different kind of output together, such as a grant application, that might strengthen the international academic position of the MSA Fellow.
  5. The host institution is expected to provide affiliation, working space, and housing, as well as help with visas, health insurance, and other formal arrangements.
  6. The fellowship lasts a minimum of four months, although the MSA encourages a longer stay. A collaboration of two or more academic institutions from the same city or country might help achieve this purpose.

Applications not exceeding 3000 words in total should contain the following:

  1. a description of the perilous situation of the proposed Fellow;
  2. a description of the memory related project to be carried out by the proposed Fellow;
  3. information on the support provided by the hosting institution, including the dates of the scholarship;
  4. short bios of the memory scholar in peril and the liaison scholar.

To help scholars at peril, we encourage the liaison scholar to fill out the application.

The application (one document in pdf) should be sent to the following email address:

The MSA Fellowship Committee consists of: Sarah Gensburger (CNRS, Paris), Jie-Hyun Lim (Sogang University, Seoul), Kateřina Králová (Charles University Prague), Ann Rigney (University of Utrecht), Aline Sierp (Maastricht University), Johanna Vollmeyer (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Joanna Wawrzyniak (University of Warsaw), Jenny Wüstenberg (Nottingham Trent University)

Should you have further questions please contact Johanna Vollmeyer at

MSA Lima 2024: Special Gerda Henkel Travel Grants for Memory Scholars at Risk 

The MSA is happy to announce that we can provide a limited number of Special Travel Grants – the Gerda Henkel Travel Grants – for memory scholars at risk who want to give papers at or just attend the 2024 MSA Conference in Lima. The grants have the purpose of supporting colleagues who seek academic refuge. We have a total of 8000 euros that can be used to fund two or three travel grants, depending on where the scholars are coming from. The special travel grant would give them the chance to leave their risk situation by attending the conference. In addition, the grants are linked to a subsequent two-month Gerda Henkel Fellowship at a host institution in Peru. Both the travel grants and the fellowships are entirely funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

For more information:

La MSA se complace en ofrecer un número limitado de becas de viaje (las becas de viaje Gerda Henkel) para académicos de la memoria en riesgo que quieran presentar ponencias o simplemente asistir a la Conferencia de la MSA 2024 en Lima. Las becas tienen como finalidad apoyar a colegas que buscan refugio académico. Disponemos de un total de 8.000 euros que se pueden utilizar para financiar dos o tres becas de viaje, dependiendo de la procedencia de los becarios. La subvención especial para viajes les daría la posibilidad de salir de su situación de riesgo asistiendo a la conferencia. Además, las subvenciones están vinculadas a una beca Gerda Henkel posterior de dos meses en una institución anfitriona en Perú. Tanto las becas de viaje como las becas están financiadas íntegramente por la Fundación Gerda Henkel.

Para más información:

The MSA Fellowship “Memory Scholars at Risk”
Call for Donations

The Memory Studies Association is organizing a fund to support memory scholars at risk. The fund will co-sponsor fellowships in hosting institutions across the world. Please consider donating any amount you can to help our colleagues whose lives and careers are at risk.

Please use the following account details, or donate via PayPal by clicking on the button below:

Memory Studies Association
IBAN: NL94 ABNA 0247 8551 11

Please add “Scholars in peril donation” in the title of your transfer.