Fellowship Program: FAQ

Who should apply for the program?
We are looking for people with a strong background in Yiddish and Jewish studies 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.

Is this a fellowship for graduate students?
This program is a full-time job, like a paid internship, and not financial support for academic research. While we have had fellows who were taking a year off from graduate school, the fellowship is not suitable for someone who wants to spend the year researching or writing a dissertation.

Do you accept international applications?
Yes, international candidates are welcome to apply, but given the uncertainty of COVID-19, it may be difficult to obtain US visas or cross the US border. International applicants should email Gretchen Fiordalice if they have questions.

When is the deadline to apply for the program? When are acceptance decisions announced?
The deadline to apply for the 2022-23 Fellowship Program is January 3, 2022. Interviews will be conducted in late January, and acceptance notifications will be sent out in March 2022. 

How long is the fellowship?
The program runs for eleven months, September to August.

I have no formal background in Yiddish. Can I apply to both the fellowship and the Steiner Summer Yiddish programs?
The majority of fellowship positions require intermediate or advanced Yiddish. However, we have had people apply to both the Steiner and the Fellowship Programs and will consider your fellowship application contingent upon acceptance to and participation in the Steiner Summer Yiddish program. You would need to submit both applications by the January 6 fellowship deadline, and we would review both at that time.

Do you accept reference letters in Yiddish?
Yes.

What is the timeframe for interviews and acceptance?
Zoom interviews with finalists will be conducted in January and February. Applicants will be notified of our decisions by early March.

How many fellows do you accept each year?
We typically have three to five fellows each year.

Is housing provided? Do fellows receive other benefits?
Housing is not provided as part of the fellowship. Fellows receive a stipend ($32,000), group health insurance (80 percent paid by the employer, 20 percent by employee), and paid holidays, vacation, and sick days.

“I feel very excited to continue pursuing my study of Yiddish literature/language in my graduate program. This year gave me a solid foundation in projects I wouldn’t necessarily have come across in an academic program."
Former Yiddish Book Center fellow