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The Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship will not be offered for Summer 2024. Please check IIJS's Undergraduate Israel Fellowship page in September 2024 for details about the 2025 Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship.

Program Overview

The Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship is an excellent opportunity to enhance your Yiddish studies at Columbia through a Yiddish Study Abroad Program. The Naomi Fellowship includes the participation in the Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program at Tel Aviv University in the summer of 2023 and in the “Exploring Yiddishland” study trip to Poland, led by a Columbia faculty member.

The 2023 Naomi Fellowship includes tuition for an intensive four-week-long for-credit Yiddish language and literature course (80 course, 4 credits); a travel grant; housing at Tel Aviv University; travel, accommodation, and programming during the "Exploring Yiddishland" study trip in Poland; and a food stipend. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student. The Fellowship requires full participation in both components of the program.

There are up to 6 fellowship spots for Summer 2023.


This fellowship is open to CC, Barnard, GS, SEAS, SOA, SIPA, TC, JTS, and GSAS students who have maintained an overall 3.0 GPA and who by May 2023 will have completed at least 4 credit points in Yiddish language courses in 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:

  1. UN1101-UN1102 Elementary Yiddish I and II
  2. 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.


Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellows are required to write three blog posts about their Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship experience for the website, take a language placement test, and must submit a written report for the Naomi Foundation in English, no later than September 1, 2023.

In addition, the 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 points that can fulfill the Columbia language requirement and, additionally and significantly, can count toward a Concentration in Yiddish (21 points required) or Major in Yiddish (30 points).

Financial Considerations

In addition to the funding noted above, please note the following:

For Columbia College and SEAS students, contact the CC/SEAS Financial Aid & Educational Planning to understand if any of your federal financial aid may cover enrollment costs for a summer program. Please note the Columbia Grant is not available for summer studies.

For General Studies students, if you receive financial aid at Columbia University, you will often remain eligible for aid as long as you take a minimum of 6 points during the Summer term. Please contact the GS Office of Educational Financing for more information.

Students studying abroad on Columbia-Approved programs will be registered for a "Summer Study Abroad" placeholder course in SSOL and charged an administrative fee of $750. Please note that students demonstrating financial need can apply for the Global Learning Scholarship (GLS) to help defray part or all of the "Study Abroad Fee" of $750.

To Apply

The Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship will be awarded based on academic achievement and Yiddish language aptitude. To apply, please visit the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies (IIJS) Undergraduate Fellowships website.