14 Fellowships for Young Jewish Leaders

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14 Fellowships for Young Jewish Leaders
Several fellowships in this list include travel to Israel.

Whether you are passionate about Yiddish, pursuing Jewish Studies, interested in traveling to Israel, or hoping to advance yourself as a Jewish leader, one of the fellowships below is for you! Check out these travel-packed, unique opportunities, and be sure to bookmark any that catch your eye to your ProFellow account.

AJC’s Goldman Fellowship Program

AJC’s Goldman Fellowship Program is designed to develop young Jewish leaders in the areas of international and domestic politics, diplomacy, public relations, and management. This competitive Fellowship gives undergraduate and graduate students the unique opportunity to work in offices domestically and throughout the world – from New York City to Melbourne, Australia. AJC Goldman Fellows receive $3,000 for the 9-week program plus major travel expenses. A mandatory debriefing session, immediately following the Fellowship, is held during a week-long trip to Germany.

Bronfman Youth Fellowships

Every year, 26 outstanding North American teenagers are selected as Bronfman Fellows. The highlight of the Fellowship is a five-week, all-expense-paid summer fellowship in Israel. The Fellowship year continues with seminars in December and March in New York. High School Juniors, who identify as being Jewish, from the United States and Canada who will be 16 by July, are eligible for the fellowship. The fellowships cover round-trip transportation between New York and Israel, educational programming, and room, board and travel while in Israel.

CJH Graduate Research Fellows

The Center for Jewish History in New York City offers 10-month fellowships to PhD candidates supporting original research using the collections at the Center. Preference is given to those candidates who draw on the library and archival resources of more than one partner. It is required that each fellow spend a minimum of 3 days per week in residence in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources. Full fellowships carry a stipend of up to $17,500 for one academic year. It is expected that applicants will have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation.

CJH/NEH Fellowship for Senior Scholars

The Center for Jewish History (CJH) offers a fellowship to senior scholars through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The award supports original research at the Center in the humanities, including but not limited to Jewish studies, Russian and East European studies, American studies and Germanic studies, as well as musicology, linguistics, anthropology, sociology and history. Applications are welcome from college and university faculty in any field who have completed a PhD more than six years prior to the start of the fellowship. Full fellowships carry a stipend of up to $50,400 for a period of one year.

Dorot Fellowship in Israel

The Dorot Fellowship is designed to assemble and empower a network of young Jewish lay leaders to enliven the American Jewish landscape. The fellowship is open to American and Canadian Jews between the ages of 22-29. Fellows live in Israel, where they sharpen the characteristics and skills, acquire the experience, and broaden the networks required for Jewish leadership in the 21st Century. The fellowship is for one year and provides a stipend of up to $27,000.

Jeremiah Fellowship

Jeremiah is for 22-32 year old Jews who live in a Jeremiah region (Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, DC). The Jeremiah Fellowship gives Jews who are committed to economic and social justice the opportunity to explore how Jewish values, culture and community support and further their goals. Throughout the program, this lasts 9 months, Fellows meet together regularly for skill building sessions, Jewish study and reflection, and mutual support. Participants do not pay for their Fellowship, which includes nine months of trainings, guest speakers, and materials; as well as accommodations and meals.

Jewish Service Corps

Every year, Avodah recruits young adults ages 21-26 from across the United States to spend a year in our Jewish Service Corps working at leading nonprofits in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC. Our Corps Members live together and learn together in a supportive, pluralistic community at the crossroads of social activism and Jewish life. The placement organization will pay you a monthly stipend, a portion of which is paid to Avodah to cover basic housing costs like rent and utilities.

Moment Magazine’s Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative

Moment Magazine’s Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative (DPIJI) was established in memory of the 38-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter slain by terrorists in 2002. DPIJI provides grants to journalists’ ages 22 to 38 to research and write in-depth stories about a modern manifestation of anti-Semitism or any other deeply engrained prejudice. The Fellow receives $5,000 ($2,500 upfront and $2,500 upon publication) to produce a story. Fellows work closely with Moment editors and selected mentors to publish their completed project in Moment as well as partner media outlets.

Posen Society of Fellows

The Posen Society of Fellows are international emerging scholars working on modernization processes in Jewish history, society, and culture. The fellowship grants $20,000/year for two years, and the opportunity to attend two summer seminars (in the US) led by preeminent Jewish Studies scholars, along with the preceding or subsequent cohort (for a total of 12 Fellows) to share their work, participate in professionalization workshops and attend lectures. Applicants must be doctoral candidates working on a dissertation topic related to modernization processes in Jewish history, society and culture.

Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership (RIG)

The Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership (RIG) is the Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC) premier leadership opportunity, awarded to one person annually, for young Jewish thinkers and doers — policy makers, writers, business innovators, artists, and community builders. The Fellowship enriches a rising leader through direct exposure to local communities around the world and key challenges confronting the Jewish people. Fellows plan their year alongside senior JDC staff, identifying and designing 2-3 unique overseas placements shaped by their skills, interests and the critical needs of communities abroad. This is a paid, professional opportunity for an exceptional young Jewish leader who is committed to impacting the global Jewish world. RIG Fellows receive a stipend and generous benefits.

Shapiro Family Fellowship

The Shapiro Family Fellowship is a highly selective, year-long experience designed to cultivate future leaders of the New York Jewish community through high-level discussion with peers, leaders, and mentors in the U.S. and Israel. The fellowship includes yearlong programming that provides meaningful personal and professional development, and deepened knowledge of Israel, the New York Jewish community, and UJA-Federation of New York, and a 10-day trip to Israel. Candidates for the fellowship must be between 22-28 years-old, live in the greater New York metropolitan area, and must have traveled to Israel at least once prior to application.

Tikvah Summer Fellowship for College Students

The Tikvah Fund is offering an intensive seven-week seminar for college students living in America, Canada, or elsewhere in the Diaspora. Led by preeminent professors, rabbis, educators, and intellectual & political leaders, “The Jewish Idea: Morality, Politics, and Culture” will explore some of the most foundational Jewish teachings, including biblical and rabbinic texts, the lessons of Jewish history, the insights of modern Jewish thought, and the conversation between Jewish and Western ideas. Seminars will take place at the Tikvah Center in the heart of New York City’s Midtown East district. Participants will receive a generous stipend of $4,000.

Wexner Israel Fellowship

The Wexner Foundation annually supports up to 10 Israeli government and public service professionals as they pursue a one-year Mid-Career Master’s Degree in Public Administration from HKS with the goal of providing Israel’s next generation of public leaders with superlative training. The Wexner Foundation supplements the Fellow’s academic curriculum with weekly seminars and institutes devoted to the exploration of professional and personal development, public service and partnerships, and engagement with the North American Jewish community. Fellowship includes all tuition and fees, living and travel stipends and leadership training courses.

Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program

Yiddish Book Center Fellowships are 1-year opportunities to work as full-time staff at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Fellows learn valuable professional skills and contribute to the Center’s major projects. Applicants must be recent college graduates with strong backgrounds in Jewish studies or related disciplines, a working knowledge of Yiddish, a commitment to Yiddish language and culture, and a demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Each Fellow receives a stipend of $30,000 plus health insurance.

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