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Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship

March 10, 2017
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The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies & The Department of Germanic Languages proudly present the Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship. Thanks to the generous funding from the Naomi Foundation and the Levine Family, the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, together with the Department of Germanic Languages, are pleased to announce up to 6 Yiddish summer study scholarships to CC, Barnard, GS, SEAS, SOA, SIPA, TC, JTS, or GSAS students who will have completed at least one semester (4 credits or more) of Yiddish language in Columbia’s Yiddish Language Program by May 2017.

The Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship includes the participation in the Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program at Tel Aviv University in the summer of 2017, followed by a trip to Poland — “Exploring Yiddishland”— led by a Columbia faculty member. The fellowship includes a travel grant, tuition for an intensive four-week long for-credit Yiddish language and literature course (80 hours) and, and housing at Tel Aviv University, a food stipend, as well as week-long travel and accommodation in Poland. All the other expenses are the responsibility of the student. More information about the Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program is available here.

In order to obtain academic credit (4pts Yiddish II, Yiddish III, or 3pts for Yiddish IV or V) for the Kadar Yiddish Summer Program, students need to 1) submit Tel Aviv University transcript for the course; 2) score accordingly on Columbia’s placement exam; and 3) complete the next higher level of Yiddish language class(es) with at least a grade of B+. All awardees must complete the placement exam upon return to Columbia and before registering for Fall 2017 Columbia Yiddish classes; level of placement within Columbia’s language program depends on placement test results. Returning students must also submit an email statement summarizing their Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship experience in English (if possible with photos of participants on site in Israel and Poland) no later than September 20, 2017.     

Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellows must commit to at least three semesters of continuous Yiddish language instruction at Columbia: either two semesters before the summer program and one after, or one semester before the summer program and two after. Thus, the Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship will enable students to acquire at least 16 points that can fulfill the Columbia language requirement and, additionally and significantly, can count toward a Concentration in Yiddish (24 points required) or Major Track in Yiddish (30 points). 

Questions? Please contact Dr. Agi Legutko at or visit the Office of Global Programs & Fellowships.

Information Session: Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship Information Session, Friday March 3rd, 12pm/noon in 617 Kent Hall, all are welcome to attend! Food will be served!

Eligibility: Applicants must be a students of CC, Barnard, GS, SEAS, SOA, SIPA, TC, JTS, or GSAS. The Kadar Fellowship will be awarded based on academic achievement and Yiddish language aptitude. Candidates must have an overall 3.0 GPA and by May 2017 will have completed at least 4 credit points in Yiddish language courses in the Columbia Yiddish language program with a grade of “B” or higher. These four points (or more) must include at least one of the following courses: UN1101-UN1102 Elementary Yiddish I and II, or  UN2101-UN2102 Intermediate Yiddish I and II. Please note Yiddish literature classes (in translation) and Yiddish for Academic Purposes cannot be counted as part of the required 4 points.

To apply: Please open and complete an application here no later than March 10, 2017. In addition, please arrange for your language evaluation from your current Yiddish language instructor to be sent directly to no later than March 10, 2017 as well.