Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program 2016-17

Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program 2016-17

Deadline: January 4, 2016

The Yiddish Book Center is now accepting applications for its 2016-17 Fellowship Program. The Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program offers recent college graduates a yearlong professional experience in Yiddish language and Jewish cultural work. Fellows spend a year as full-time staff members, learning valuable professional skills and contributing to the Center’s major projects, working closely with colleagues and supervisors.

Project Areas

Working in one or two main project areas, each fellow brings his or her insight, ingenuity, and energy to help us carry out both established projects and new initiatives. These include:

  • Digital Collections: Fellows support efforts to digitize and catalogue Yiddish language resources from across the Center’s collections.
  • Oral History: Fellows are trained to conduct and record oral history interviews as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project
  • Yiddish Education: Fellows assist the director of the Center’s Yiddish Language Institute as teaching assistants for on-site college-level Yiddish courses and work on the development of the Center’s multimedia Yiddish textbook.
  • Translation: Fellows help recruit candidates for the Center’s Translation Fellowship and match fellows with mentors, organize workshops for translation fellows at the Center, and work on the annual digital translation issue of Pakn Treger, the magazine of the Yiddish Book Center.
  • Educational Programs: Fellows help organize and coordinate on-site and online courses on topics related to Yiddish and Jewish history and culture for adult learners.


Each fellow receives a stipend of $30,000, group health insurance (80 percent paid by the employer, 20 percent by employee), and paid holidays, vacation, and sick days.


  • Applicants should be recent college graduates
  • Applicants should have strong backgrounds in Jewish studies or related disciplines
  • Applicants should also have a working knowledge of Yiddish and a commitment to Yiddish language and culture
  • Applicants should have a demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • Completed application form
  • Resume or C.V.
  • Official academic transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work, sent directly by the college or university. (Note: if the university is unable to send by email, they will accept by fax to 413-256-4700, or mail to Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002, USA, attention: Fellowship Program.)
  • Three reference letters (including at least one from an academic instructor and at least one from a professional supervisor), sent directly by the recommenders. (Note: if the recommender is unable to send by email, we will accept by fax to 413-256-4700, or mail to Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002, USA, attention: Fellowship Program.)

Resume, transcripts, and three letters of reference should be sent electronically to: Megan Kroll, education program assistant, at [email protected].

Telephone interviews with finalists will be conducted in January and February, and applicants will be notified of our decisions by early March.

For more information, visit Yiddish Book Center Fellowship.