Top scholar lands place in Big Apple

Former Lancaster University student and teaching fellow Tim Corbett has been awarded a major international scholarship.

He has been named a 2015 – 2016 Prins Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

It is home to the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel.

The 28-year-old, who is currently on a fellowship at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, spent eight years at Lancaster University, where he did both a BA in history and philosophy and his Masters degree.

During 2011-2014 Tim was an associate lecturer in the university’s history department, teaching and lecturing on a number of different courses.

He was also an assistant dean of the graduate college and a college advisor in the County College.

The historian is now doing a PhD in the History Department of Lancaster University, entitled ‘The Place of my Fathers’ Sepulchres - The Jewish Cemeteries in Vienna.

He has presented research as far afield as Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the United States and for the past year has been working on site in the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies as a Junior Fellow.

Corbett will use his new position to conduct original research around the memory of Jewish-Austrian exiles and émigrés in the United States for a period of 10 months.

His doctoral dissertation at Lancaster investigates Jewish-Austrian identity through the lens of military service, during the rise of political fascism, and the wake of the Holocaust.