The Blavatnik Archive is pleased to offer a research fellowship to encourage research and writing on  – and awareness of  –  the Blavatnik Archive’s primary resource collections in the fields of modern Jewish history, WWI, WWII and Soviet history. The specific research focus of our inaugural fellowship is a collection of postcards published during the Siege of Leningrad. 

The Blavatnik Archive’s unique collection of over 1,300 postcards published during the siege will be made available for both on-site and remote access, along with the Archive’s broader WWII Soviet postcard collections (5,000 items) and materials from the Veteran Oral History Project.


  • Six consecutive months of research focused on Blavatnik Archive collections
  • Research fellowship period September 2017 – February 2018
  • Fellowship stipend: $3,000 / months
  • Remote access will be available to researcher; on-site access available per researcher’s needs
  • The recipient of the Grant will be required to submit a written report on their Blavatnik Archive research fellowship experience. Any publishing of submitted reports on the Archive’s website will only be done with the recipient’s explicit permission.


Only US citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years as of January 31, 2017. Fellowship awards will be extended to candidates working on their Ph.D. degrees, postdoctoral researchers and scholars.


  • Description, 1,500 words maximum, double-spaced, of intended research and potential project application. Successful applications will include explanation of importance of postcards and testimonies in research.
  • A current curriculum vitae giving details of completed and continuing research
  • Applicant’s contact details, including physical address, email and phone number.
  • All materials should be emailed to:


The awarding of the fellowship will be announced on August 31, 2017