The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, is now accepting applications for two education programs for college students and recent graduates: the 2015 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program and the 2015-16 Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program.
The Steiner Summer Yiddish Program is an intensive seven-week course in Yiddish language and culture for college students. The program offers a beginner track for students with no previous Yiddish experience and an intermediate track for those who have completed one year of Yiddish. In addition to their classes, students take part in cultural and social activities at the Center. Students live and eat at the adjacent Hampshire College campus.
All Steiner students receive full-tuition scholarships. Intermediate students also receive free housing and a $1,000 stipend in exchange for working on ongoing projects at the Center. All participants are eligible to receive college credits through the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
The Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program offers recent college graduates with intermediate or advanced Yiddish skills an opportunity to develop professional experience while working as full-time members of the Center's staff.
Fellows serve as teaching assistants for college-level Yiddish classes, conduct interviews for the Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, develop educational and exhibit materials, assist with translation or online accessibility initiatives, and do bibliographic work with the Center’s collection of books. With the support of mentors, Fellows also apply their ingenuity and personal expertise to the creation of new projects.
Fellows receive a $28,000 stipend and health insurance. The next Fellowship Program runs from September of 2015 to August of 2016. Applications are due by January 5. For more information, visit yiddishbookcenter.org/fellowship-program.