The Mark and Gail Appel Program in Holocaust & Antiracism Education
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Applications from Students in Canada (2013-2014 Cycle)

Please contact Professors Michael Brown or Sara Horowitz as soon as possible.

European Itinerary

The 2009 European Field Study itinerary is available in the form of both a map and table with narrative. The 2013 itinerary will be similar but not identical; we will update the map and table as soon as possible.


The Field Study Handbook can be downloaded — it will be updated as the Field Study nears.


To be eligible to apply and participate, you must be preparing for a career related to education.

At York University, most participants will be registered in the Concurrent Stream of the Faculty of Education, but applicants from the Consecutive Stream or from outside the Faculty of Education will also be considered.

Applicants from the Université de Montréal should contact a Project Coordinator for further information.

All Canadian participants must:

  • be in at least their third term (second year) of university studies at the time of application;
  • continue to be enrolled at their university and take the York University course Humanities 3825 in the 2009-2010 academic year; and
  • be preparing to teach for a career in education.

Number of Spaces Available

For the 2009-2010 project cycle, there will be up to 16 spaces reserved for Canadian applicants.

Costs and Financial Aid

We estimate the total cost of pre-departure seminars, the 26-day Field Study in Europe (July / August 2009) and the 10-day Symposium in Toronto (February 2010) at CAD-$7500. Ontario residents who can demonstrate need are eligible to apply for a bursary from the Allan and Hinda Silber Award Fund for Holocaust Studies at York University. Students from outside Ontario may be eligible for other forms of financial aid. We expect that all students who can demonstrate need will receive financial aid that will reduce the costs to approximately $1000. This includes $500 as a non-refundable fee (see below) and $500 for incidental costs (everything from film to phonecalls to snacks). Tuition for the required course AS/HUMA 3825 (see below) is extra. If you have questions regarding this or anything else, please contact the Project Coordinators in confidence. Your financial status will not affect your chances of selection; and if you are selected, we will do our best to secure additional financial aid for you.

Requirements / Expectations

Students selected will be expected to participate actively in all the activities associated with the Project. This includes visiting houses of worship other than your own faith community (if any).

York students must:

  • Enrol in the six-credit Humanities course "The Holocaust in Cross-Cultural Context" in the 2009-2010 academic year.
  • Remit a non-refundable fee of $500 to cover partial costs of the field study component in Europe and the Symposium in Toronto (note: additional financial assistance is available to those who require it). This fee is in addition to the normal tuition fee for the course.
  • Deposit bursary cheques in a special York account established for the project; an Information Sheet detailing procedures will be given to students selected to participate.
  • Upon selection, notify the Project Coordinators within the indicated time-limit whether they will be participating.
  • Sign a waiver releasing the Project Coordinators, York University, and the other affiliated universities and sponsors from any and all liability relating to any mishap encountered in connection with the Project.
  • Arrange for a valid passport and any necessary visa(s).
  • Take out extended health insurance.
  • Attend orientation sessions as arranged prior to departure and after return.
  • Participate in a project and present its results at the Symposium in February 2010.

Application Process / Selection Criteria

Applicants will submit an application form along with a statement of purpose, a complete and up-to-date curriculum vitae, a transcript (or equivalent) of all post-secondary education, two letters of recommendation, and a certificate of English language proficiency (if their first language is not English). A personal interview will be part of the selection process.

Students will be selected on the basis of their academic record, the relevance of their prospective teaching program to the mandate of the Project; their personal qualities, and their potential for contributing to and benefiting from participation in the Project. The organizers reserve the right to ensure diversity and balance within the group.

The application deadline is January 6, 2009.

Please note that, for the 2009-2010 cycle, we will be using a downloadable, computer-fillable  application form. Please do not submit it until you are ready to submit the entire application package.

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