Recent graduates and current seniors who know Yiddish and have a strong background in Jewish studies or related fields can apply to the Yiddish Book Center’s Fellowship Program. Fellows spend a year as full-time members of our staff, developing valuable professional skills while working on the Center’s most important projects: education, oral history, online accessibility, translation, and bibliographic work with our ever-growing collection of books. Working with mentors, the Fellows also apply their ingenuity and personal expertise to the creation of new projects. Each fellow receives a stipend of $28,000 plus health insurance. The program runs from September 2015 to August 2016. Applications are due by January 5. (Click here for details.)
Current college students can apply to the Yiddish Book Center’s Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, which offers seven weeks of intensive language studies, tuition free. A beginner track for students who haven’t previously studied Yiddish includes daily three-hour language classes and an introductory course in Yiddish culture and history. Students who have completed one year of Yiddish can apply to the intermediate track, where they’ll take daily three-hour language classes and work on the Center’s ongoing projects in exchange for free housing and a $1,000 stipend. All students take part in workshops, film screenings, and cultural and social activities at the Center.
Students accepted to the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program receive free tuition and are eligible for academic credit from the University of Massachusetts. The 2015 program runs from June 7 to July 24. Applications are due by February 10. (Click here for details.)