David & Lola Swede P'89 Research Fellowship for Jewish Studies

This fellowship was created in 2021 by Marci J. Swede ’89, PhD in memory of her parents David & Lola Swede P’89, both Holocaust survivors from Lodz, Poland. David & Lola Swede dedicated their lives to Holocaust education, supporting Israel, the values of Tikkun Olam, and had a chief mission in life to make sure that the Holocaust was never forgotten.

Photos of David & Lola Swede P’89, including their first Rosh Hashana card, and the two of them in Hamburg, Germany shortly after they were married.

Photos of David & Lola Swede P’89, including their first Rosh Hashana card (left),
and the two of them in Hamburg, Germany shortly after they were married (right).

After the war David and Lola emigrated to Israel where David served as a captain in the Israeli Army after the war, stationed near Yad Mordechai. Later, they emigrated to Buffalo, NY to raise their family of four daughters, Renata, Helen, Sari, and Marci. He and his wife Lola founded and managed two successful businesses. Lola became the founding president of the Ima Club, a philanthropic organization of Holocaust survivors raising funds for those, who like her, were Jewish war orphans. Lola served as Hadassah Chapter President in Buffalo, and later received the Israel Leadership Award from the Israel Bond Program in Buffalo. In 1984, Lola was part of the Buffalo delegation to the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Washington, DC. Throughout her life, Lola spoke about her experiences living through the Holocaust, including her own contribution of an oral history interview to Stephen Spielberg’s Shoah Institute and the Holocaust Resource Center in Buffalo, now archived at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Through their example and their words, David and Lola worked in partnership to build a better world and taught “that if goodness is not present, you have the power and obligation to create it for yourself and others.” This fellowship seeks to inspire the next generation to continue the work to which David and Lola Swede dedicated their lives. 

The deadline to apply for 2022 summer funding has passed. See 2022 recipient.

Questions about the award and application process? Contact Margaret Lynch, Director of Undergraduate-Faculty Research Partnerships

Students are invited to apply for the David & Lola Swede P’89 Research Fellowship for Jewish Studies. This fund provides a $5,000 summer stipend for otherwise unpaid academic research projects on topics related to Judaism and/or the Jewish people. 

Students are required to fill out an I-9 in order to receive the stipend. International Students are encouraged to review the steps for beginning on-campus employment found on the International Students and Scholars Office website. Please contact Kathleen McMahan with any questions related to I-9 eligibility or the I-9 process.

How to Apply

Proposals should include the following information: