Minnesota Norway Education (MINNE*) Israel & Holocaust Fellowships

*Minne  means “memory” in Norwegian


The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program annually selects college students to participate in two programs throughout the year to acquire a more in depth knowledge of the Holocaust and of Israel. Awards for the participation of these two programs comes through the MINNE Fund which is a fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.

The MINNE Fellowships program was created due to the generosity of Peder Alfred Friiso (1919-2014) of Norway.  He was a kind man of strong Christian convictions who was deeply affected by the crimes perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators, including Norwegians.  He also had a love for the Jewish people and the State of Israel.  Upon his death, he made a bequest to fund a program that would help Israel and also educate about the Holocaust.  He asked his nephew Geir Friiso of Minneapolis to find a way to make his desire become reality. The MINNE Fellowships program was established to honor his wish.

Click here to learn more about the creation of Minnesota-Israel-Norway Education Fellowships

Note: because of scheduling problems, this year only one program will be offered:  The Jewish Community Relations Council U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum visit.

  • 4/24/2018
  • Program details
  • Students who have been awarded to participate in this program will receive a full scholarship for participation
  • Following this trip, participating students will be asked to either participate in a community program or host a program (with guidance and support from the Israel Center and the JCRC)


  • Deadline for application submissions is February 28, 2018 @ 9pm
  • The selected students are expected to provide one educational project following the trip, share with others what they learned, or participate in a community program
  • Selected students will be notified of award by March 15

Eligibility & Information:

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be a registered, full-time student with at least one year left on campus.
  • Must be a sophomore or above
  • Must have 3.0 Grade point level and above.
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