In 1999 the International Institute for Holocaust Research established a program of international cooperation between Israeli and researchers from aboard. In March of that year, Israeli researchers were invited by Professor Ulrich Herbert of the Lehrstuhl für Neuere und Neueste Geschichte - University in Freiburg to participate in a workshop with young German scholars on the Holocaust. This program proved to be extremely beneficial and academically rewarding. This invitation was reciprocated by the International Institute for Holocaust Research when six German researchers were invited to participate in the workshop, which took place in November 2001. Since these initial workshops, this research exchange program has taken place between Israelis and researchers from univerisities and institutes in Austria, Belgium, Denmark France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, the United States.
The purpose of the workshops is to give young researchers the opportunity to present their research findings to a group of the peers from another country, who often have different research approaches and ideas; and thus receive important feedback on their research. It also provides the young scholars the opportunity to become known to the international academic community and allows the guest researchers to utilize the academic facilities in the host country, as well as to make valuable and lasting contacts for their future academic endeavors.
From 11 to 16 April 2010, the International Institute for Holocaust Research and the University of Southern Denmark, and the Danish School for Doctoral Studies in History at Aarhus University convened an international workshop for PhD candidates and young researchers. This workshop was part of the ongoing workshop program between Yad Vashem and universities and research institutes outside Israel. This workshop was the first of such gathering with researchers from Denmark
The International Workshop for PhD Candidates from the United States of America and Israel was a workshop convened by Yad Vashem and the University of Southern California from 6 to 10 November 2011. This was the first workshop that Yad Vashem’s Research Institution has done in partnership with a university in the United States. Yet, the participating researchers from the United States came from various universities around the country, not specifically from the University of Southern California. Thus, it was the first occasion to have such a number of presenters from different US universities. University of California at Berkeley, Yale University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Cincinnati, University of Texas, Clark University, Washington University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were represented. Also represented were Ph.D. candidates from Ben Gurion University and the University of Tel Aviv. A researcher who was sponsored by the University of Sydney was also allowed to participate.
This workshop was also a first in allowing a researcher from a Conservatory of Music to participate as a presenter. Although the lecture was more fitting for musicologists due to its content, the participating historians were amazed about an aspect of Holocaust research that they had never even considered, the analysis of musical scores written during the Holocaust and the meanings behind the composition of the musical notes. The workshop received very high remarks from the participants. In response, a second workshop is being planned by the University of Southern California and the International Institute for Holocaust Research. The workshop is scheduled to take place in 2013 in Los Angeles, California on the campus of the University of Southern California.