What is the purpose of FASPE?
The purpose of FASPE is to inform the personal and professional lives of future civic leaders through a structured program of study that uses the role of their chosen professions in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust as a backdrop for the consideration of contemporary ethical issues.
Who is FASPE for?
FASPE is for students in medical, law, seminary, and journalism graduate programs. Working journalists who completed their undergraduate degree in the past five years are also eligible.
What programs does FASPE have in 2014 and when will they be held?
2014 application-based programs are for designed for those interested in careers in medicine, law, journalism, and as religious leaders. The tentative dates for FASPE Law and FASPE Journalism are May 25 – June 5, 2014. The tentative dates for FASPE Medical and FASPE Seminary are June 15 – June 26, 2014.
How long is the FASPE program?
FASPE runs for 12 days, with two days in New York, three days in Germany, and seven days in Poland. Program locations include the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York, the House of the Wannsee Conference in Berlin, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim, Poland.
How many fellows take part in FASPE each year?
10 to 15 FASPE Fellows are accepted annually for each program.
Who leads the FASPE programs?
FASPE is run by leading academic scholars in each field along with FASPE programming staff. The 2013 FASPE Law program was led by Professor Eric Muller, of the University of North Carolina School of Law, and Professor Lisa Lerman, of Catholic University's Columbus School of Law. The 2013 FASPE Medical program was led by Professor Jack Hughes of Yale Medical School. The 2013 FASPE Seminary program was led by Professor LeRoy Walters, of Georgetown University; Professor Kevin Spicer, of Stonehill College; and Rabbi Nancy Wiener, of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The 2013 FASPE Journalism program was led by Professors Ari Goldman and Sheila Coronel, both from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
What is the relationship of FASPE to Yale, Georgetown, and Columbia universities?
FASPE curricula were designed in collaboration with professors from Yale, Georgetown, and Columbia universities. FASPE programs are open to applicants from universities around the world.
How much does the program cost?
All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food are covered. Fellows are responsible for their own travel to and from New York at the beginning and end of the trip. FASPE does not preclude any person from participating due to financial need. Financial aid is available.
I’m a professor with expertise in this field and would like to contribute educationally to FASPE. Is this possible?
Staff welcomes input from experienced professors who have a desire to contribute their knowledge or time to the program. Please email Thorin Tritter at TTritter@FASPE.info.
I would like to support FASPE; how can I do this?
Financial support is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in making a donation, multi-year gifts, or in sponsoring a student or program, please contact Thorin Tritter at TTritter@FASPE.info. General support can also be given to FASPE through the “Support” tab on this site.
Who is eligible?
Applicants of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For specific eligibility see the criteria listed by discipline below:
Law: Law applicants must be enrolled in a JD, LLM, LD, or PHD program at the time of their application. FASPE generally seeks students who are interested in working as practicing attorneys, although applicants who have a JD, LD, or LLM degrees and are planning an academic career are also eligible. FASPE is interested in applications from students with a wide range of legal interests including, among others: criminal law, constitution-al law, corporate law, environmental law, human rights advocacy, international law, public interest law, real estate law, securities law, and tax law.
Journalism:Journalism applicants must be interested in journalism as a career. They must fit into one of the following three criteria: 1) enrolled in journalism graduate program at the time of their application; 2) enrolled in a graduate program of any kind and planning to work as a journalist; 3) work as a journalist and have completed their undergraduate degree in the past 5 years (June 2009-June 2013).
Medical: Medical applicants must be enrolled in an MD program at the time of their application or must have an MD and be working towards a subsequent degree.
Seminary: Applicants to FASPE Seminary must be in graduate school preparing for work as a religious leader at the time of their application. Students may be studying in a seminary, divinity school, or other graduate program. FASPE generally seeks students who are preparing for pastoral careers, but is also interested in working with students on academic tracks.
Can I apply if I’m not Jewish? Is this a faith-based trip?
FASPE has no religious affiliation or motivation. Students and working journalists of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Can LLM/LLD/PhD students apply? Can DO students apply?
I’m an incoming first year student. Am I eligible for FASPE?
Students must be currently enrolled in a graduate program to be eligible for FASPE. Undergraduate students are not eligible for the program.
I’m graduating from my program this year. Can I still take part in FASPE this summer?
Yes. Graduating students will be eligible for FASPE in the summer following graduation.
I’m a professional and I want to take part in FASPE. Is this possible?
Currently, FASPE is only available for professional school students and working journalists who receieved their undergraduate degree in the past five years. The FASPE Steering Committee is considering a program for current professional and retired practitioners in the future. If this is of interest to you, please email Thorin Tritter, at TTTritter@FASPE.info.
I’ve traveled to Poland or Germany before. Am I still eligible?
Yes. Prior travel experience in Germany or Poland does not make an applicant ineligible for the program.
Do I need to speak German or Polish to take part in FASPE?
There is no language requirement for taking part in FASPE. All materials, lectures, and tours will be conducted in English.
I’m not a U.S. citizen; am I eligible for FASPE?
Yes. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible for FASPE. Visa restrictions may preclude students from some nations from taking part in FASPE, but staff will work to resolve these issues on an individual basis. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Thorin Tritter at TTritter@FASPE.info.
What are you looking for in an applicant?
Preferred applicants bring an interest in the ethics of their chosen profession, leadership qualities, strong academic credentials, an ability to reflect and question deeply, and an enthusiasm for learning and for sharing what they have learned with their colleagues and communities.
If I’m accepted, can I extend my trip and travel independently afterward?
Yes. Staff will work with FASPE Fellows to arrange flights to allow independent travel following the program. Any additional costs to FASPE will be covered by the Fellow.
How much free time will I have during the program?
Fellows will have some free time in each city; however the days are long and tightly scheduled. See the Sample FASPE Itinerary for a better idea of the daily schedule.
Can I get credit for participating in FASPE?
There is currently no credit available for participating in FASPE. We encourage accepted fellows to work with their institutions to determine whether receiving credit is possible. In the past some Medical Fellows have been able to use the FASPE trip as an elective.
Does FASPE provide health or travel insurance?
No. FASPE does not provide health or travel insurance to participants. It is recommended that fellows have their own health insurance coverage during the program.
Will there be travel or seminars on the Sabbath (Friday sundown – Saturday sundown) or on religious holidays?
FASPE will work with all Fellows to meet religious observance requirements and restrictions whenever possible. The Seminary program does not travel on the Sabbath, stays within walking distance of a Synagogue, and provides unscheduled time to accommodate Sabbath prayers. The Medical, Law, and Journalism programs are not Sabbath observant, but do not require travel on the Sabbath. When significant religious holidays fall during the program, FASPE will ensure that Fellows are within walking distance of a house of worship, will not be required to travel during the holiday, and will not miss any meaningful element of FASPE.
Is Kosher/Halal/vegetarian food available during the trip?
While FASPE cannot provide Kosher/Halal food options during all segments of travel, FASPE will do what it can to provide Kosher/Halal food for as much of the trip as possible and vegetarian options will be available at every meal. People that keep Kosher have participated in the past and we are happy to discuss how to meet your dietary needs.
What happens if I have to leave the program early?
If Fellows have to leave the program early for any reason (including illness or family emergency), they will have to pay any additional costs incurred by the change in travel plans.
What is required of Fellows after the trip?
Fellows will be required to complete a final project after the trip. They will have time to meet with their facilitators and talk with other participants about their ideas during the trip. An outline/précis will be expected 1-2 weeks after the end of the program. Final projects will be due 4-5 weeks after the end of the program. These projects can be creative and are intended to be a substantive exploration of the themes, questions and issues that challenged or engaged the Fellow during the program. Fellows will be invited to present their final projects at the Annual FASPE Alumni Reunion & Symposium. Projects of the highest merit will be selected for publication.
What kind of follow up is there after the trip?
Staff remain in contact with participants after the trip and invite all Fellows to attend the Annual FASPE Alumni Reunion & Symposium held over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend in January. FASPE is committed to establishing long-term relationships with FASPE Alumni.
Are there trip alumni that I could speak with about their experiences?
Yes! If you are interested in speaking with FASPE alumni, please contact us! We’ll put you in touch.
Do you accept late applications?
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to accept any late applications.
Who should I contact if I have any more questions?
For inquiries related to the FASPE 2014 programs, including application questions, please contact: