Professional Formation and Ethical Leadership for the Future Through Experiential Learning.

FASPE helped me approach difficult ethical questions with more nuance and confidence than I would have had otherwise as an early-career journalist. Over time, what I learned and gained during FASPE has allowed me to contend with the ethics involved in my work--both in terms of what I write about and how I report--in a much more informed light. Put simply: I'm a better and more critical journalist thanks to FASPE! Natalie lampert 2016 FASPE journalism Fellow

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) offers intensive, two week programs designed for graduate students and early-career professionals in the fields of Business, Design & Technology, Journalism, Law, Medical and Clergy that challenge participants to recognize their ethical responsibilities as future leaders and professionals with influence. FASPE’s distinctive approach is to examine the roles and behavior of individual professionals in Germany and elsewhere between 1933 and 1945 as an initial framework for approaching ethical responsibility in the professions today. By examining the behavior and motivations of the professionals who -- by choice and action -- enabled and enacted Nazi policies, we establish the importance and urgency of professionalism and ethical leadership today.

Fellowships begin with two weeks of intense study in Germany and Poland, taking advantage of the power of place with daily seminars and dialogue at sites of historic importance, often specific to their profession. Through interdisciplinary sessions, Fellows have the benefit of learning how other professions approach ethical responsibility. Fellows also discuss how emerging technologies may impact their professions in different ways, or instances where their professions may overlap. The FASPE curriculum was designed in partnership with leading historians, ethicists, and practitioners. Each year, fellowships are led by FASPE professionals, two Faculty members (scholars and/or practitioners), and partners on the ground in Germany and Poland.

The FASPE Fellowship experience extends well beyond the two weeks in Europe. Fellows join a lifetime network, now comprised of over 830 alumni. FASPE curates and facilitates continuing conversations and learning, including through in-person gatherings; online education; participation in writing, lecturing, and symposia; and social and professional networking.

2025 Program Dates:

Business, Law, Design & Technology: May 23, 2025 - June 26, 2025

Medicine, Clergy, Journalism: June 20, 2025 - July 4, 2025

We will begin accepting applications for the 2025 program on August 31, 2024 through January 2, 2025. Click here to receive updates and information about the 2025 Fellowships and application process.

For more in-depth information on each program, please visit the individual program pages. For more information on how to apply to a fellowship program, please visit the How to Apply page.