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Scholarships and Fellowships

YIVO plays a leading role in the education of students and scholars all fields related to the study of our history and culture, including language and literature, folklore, theater and music, political and economic activity, and immigration history.

A designated scholarship gift helps support our Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture, which takes place for six weeks every summer at New York University. Our students spend three hours every morning in formal language classes and have supplementary activities in the afternoons: lectures, films, workshops, and tours. 

The total cost of a summer in New York is more than $8,000. We offer full and partial scholarships. Your gift of even a few hundred dollars can make the difference to make it possible for a student to attend the program.

In addition, YIVO has seven endowed research fellowships to support the work of emerging and established scholars in East European Jewish Studies. These fellowships enable a scholar doing doctoral or postdoctoral research to visit YIVO’s library and archives for one to three months. Lectures by many of these visiting scholars presented throughout the year highlight the value of their opportunity to work with documents from our Archives. To view a list of current fellows and their research topics, click here. If you are thinking of making a major gift to establish such an endowment, please contact Suzanne Leon, Director of Development, at 917-606-8227; email:; or write to her at:

Suzanne Leon
Director of Development

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

15 West 16th Street

New York, NY 10011-6301