Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program 2017, Amherst, USA

Publish Date: Nov 16, 2016

Deadline: Jan 09, 2017

Event Dates: from Sep 01, 2017 12:00 to Aug 01, 2018 12:00


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.

The deadline to apply for the 2017-18 Fellowship Program is January 9, 2017.

The Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Project Areas

Working in one or two main project areas, Yiddish Book Center fellows bring their 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 catalog Yiddish language resources from across the Center’s collections. Fellows may help develop new technology or work on multimedia projects designed to make our rich holdings accessible to a wider public. Fellows will also be invited to write articles and blog posts for the Center's website, and to select items to feature as highlights on our website.
  • Translation: Fellows help recruit candidates for the Center’s Translation Fellowship (access via original web page) and match fellows with mentors, organize workshops for translation fellows at the Center, and work on the annual translation issue of Pakn Treger, the magazine of the Yiddish Book Center.
  • 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.
  • Oral History: Fellows are trained to conduct and record oral history interviews as part of the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project (access via original web page)led by Project Director Christa Whitney, herself a former fellow)). They also identify and translate excerpts from interviews conducted in Yiddish for inclusion in the Center's growing online digital oral history collection.
  • 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.

How To Apply?

To apply, please submit:

  • Completed application form, including your CV/Resume (access via original web page)
  • 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, 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.)
  • 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.)

Transcripts and three letters of reference should be sent electronically to: Megan Kroll, education program assistant, at mkroll@yiddishbookcenter.org

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


We are looking for people with the flexibility, maturity, and creativity to work both independently and as part of a team in a dynamic environment. Recent graduates of undergraduate and graduate programs are encouraged to apply.


The program runs for eleven months, September to August.

Number of Fellows

3 - 5


Housing is not provided as part of the fellowship. Fellows receive a stipend ($30,000), group health insurance (80 percent paid by the employer, 20 percent by employee), and paid holidays, vacation, and sick days.

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