What is the purpose of FASPE?
The purpose of FASPE is to inform the personal and professional lives of future leaders in society 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 in their field.

Who is FASPE for?
FASPE is for students in business, medical, law, seminary, and journalism graduate programs. Business executives who completed their MBA/MSC in the past two year, working journalists who completed their undergraduate degree in the past five years or a graduate degree in the past two years, working attorneys who completed their JD in the past year, and working clergy who completed their graduate studies in the past two years are also eligible.

What programs does FASPE have in 2017 and when will they be held?
2017 application-based programs are designed for those interested in careers in business, medicine, law, journalism, and as religious leaders. The dates for FASPE Business, FASPE Journalism, and FASPE Law have been scheduled for May 21 – June 2, 2017. The dates for FASPE Medical and FASPE Seminary are scheduled for June 19 – June 30, 2017.  Given that our programs start in Berlin, we ask all Fellows who are leaving from the United States to depart two days before the program start date, respectively Friday, May 19 and Saturday, June 17.

How long is the FASPE program?
In 2017, FASPE will start in Germany, spending 6 days in Berlin, followed by 7 days in Poland. Our trip will include visits to 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 2016 FASPE Law program was led by Professors David Luban and Judith Lichtenberg, both from Georgetown University. The 2016 FASPE Medical program was led by Professor Jeff Botkin, of The University of Utah School of Medicine, and Dr. Sara Goldkind, formerly the Senior Ethicist at the FDA. The 2016 FASPE Seminary program was led by Professor Kevin Spicer, of Stonehill College; and Rabbi James Ponet, of Yale University. The 2016 FASPE Journalism program was led by Professors Ari Goldman and Lonnie Isabel, from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  The 2016 FASPE Business program was led by Dr. Mary Gentile, Director of Giving Voice to Values; and Professor Markus Scholz of FHWien University of Applied Sciences.

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, among other institutions. FASPE programs are open to applicants from universities around the world.

How much does the program cost?
All program costs, including international round-trip travel from New York to Europe and European travel, lodging in shared hotel rooms, and food are covered. Fellows do not have to fly through New York, but are responsible for any cost above the cost of the airline ticket starting and ending in New York. 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

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  General support can also be given to FASPE through the “Support” tab on this site.

For Applicants:

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:

Business: Business applicants must either be enrolled in MBA/MSC programs at the time of their application or have completed their MBA/MSC in the period between January 2015 and January 2017. FASPE seeks applicants interested in working as business leaders.

Law: Law applicants must either be enrolled in a JD or LLM program at the time of their application or have received a JD or LLM between May 2016 and January 2017. FASPE seeks students who are interested in working as practicing attorneys, although applicants who have a JD or LLM degree 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: corporate law, constitutional law, criminal law, environmental law, international law, public interest law, real estate law, securities law, and tax law. FASPE has a particular interest in working with students who expect to work as litigators.

Journalism: J ournalism applicants must be interested in journalism as a career. They must fit into one of the following two categories: 1) enrolled in a graduate program of any kind and planning to work as a journalist; 2) working as a journalist with an undergraduate degree received between May 2012 and May 2016 or a graduate degree received between May 2015 and January 2017.


Medical: Medical applicants must be enrolled in an MD or DO program at the time of their application or must have an MD or DO and be working towards a subsequent degree. 


Seminary: Applicants to FASPE Seminary must either be enrolled in graduate school preparing for work as a religious leader at the time of application or they must be working as clergy with an MDiv degree received between January 2015 and January 2017. 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, working journalists, and business executives early in their career of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Can LLM/LLD/PhD students apply?  Can DO students apply?

Yes. LLM/LLD/PHD and DO students are eligible.

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 are eligible for FASPE in the summer following graduation.

I’m a professional and I want to take part in FASPE. Is this possible?
FASPE Fellowship programs are only available for graduate students and early career professionals. FASPE is developing programs for working professionals and retired practitioners in the future. The first of these non-fellowship programs is being held in October 2016. If this is of interest to you, please email Thorin Tritter, at

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

What are you looking for in an applicant?
Below is a list of criteria used by the Application Committee when judging applications:

  • Commitment to work in the field of the program: Business, Law, Journalism, Medicine, or as a religious leader
  • Academic strengths and emotional maturity
  • Desire to share one's own and listen other's viewpoints in discussion; ability to enrich discussion based on background, experience, knowledge, etc.
  • To the degree it can be gauged, will the applicant be a leader in the profession
  • Recognition that FASPE seeks to use the Holocaust as a lens to engage participants in discussions about contemporary topics; and that those topics are personal in nature, i.e. about how each Fellow will act in the future
  • Applicants need not have a background in professional ethics. FASPE is open to students/working executives who are strong applicants because of other interests and skills

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 itineraries from last year's trips on the program pages of this website for a better sense of the daily schedule, or email Thorin Tritter at for more information.

Can I get credit 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 holidays, 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 who 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 are 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 in the spring. 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 2017 programs, including application questions, please contact:

Thorin Tritter





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