15 Summer Fellowships and Professional Fellowships for Young Jewish Leaders

Jun 13, 2023
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The Dorot Fellowship is a 1-year paid program for young Jewish leaders to live in Israel and gain skills, experience, and professional networks required for Jewish leadership in the 21st Century.

Are you a young Jewish leader interested in Jewish studies, leadership training, research, and influencing social change within and beyond the Jewish community? There are numerous professional fellowships and summer fellowships that help young Jewish leaders advance their careers and positively impact society and the Jewish community. These fellowships offer short-term (from a few weeks to one or more years) paid opportunities to gain valuable training and experience. Some include travel and the ability to live and work abroad in more than 70 countries, including Israel!

This list of fellowships for young Jewish leaders includes opportunities for Jewish teens, young adults, undergraduate and graduate students of all ages, future leaders, early and mid-career professionals, and rising executives. The fellowships offer a wide range of experiences, including the opportunity to receive leadership training, mentorship, and access to invaluable professional networks, to work in community service and community organizing, gender equity, public policy, racial justice, social justice, and more!

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AJC’s Goldman Summer Fellowship Program

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) offers the Goldman Fellowship Program, which develops future leaders in international and domestic politics, diplomacy, public relations, and management. This competitive summer fellowship offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to engage in research and policy work in AJC’s global offices. Fellows receive a minimum stipend of $4,000 and paid travel.

Avodah Justice Fellowship

The Avodah Justice Fellowship offers leadership development, Jewish learning, and community-building experience to early-career Jewish professionals and lay leaders with 2-7 years of experience addressing social and economic issues in Chicago, Kansas City, and New York City. Fellows receive mentorship provided via peer mentor groups, one-on-one coaching with a Fellowship Director, and optional meetings with an Avodah Community Mentor.

Bend the Arc Jeremiah Fellowship

The Jeremiah Fellowship is a professional fellowship designed to help the next generation of Jewish leaders mobilize their communities to drive social change in the United States. This fellowship offers young Jewish adults, ages 22 to 32, the opportunity to work alongside local leaders and run community organizing campaigns to enact progressive change in their communities. Jeremiah Fellows learn about prominent social issues, including white supremacy, antisemitism, and anti-black racism, how to be storytellers and campaign planners, and core leadership skills such as facilitation and conflict management.

Interested in this fellowship? Read our interview with Aaron Lloyd White, a winner of multiple fellowships, including the Bend the Arc Jeremiah Fellowship. In it, he shares his fellowship experiences and application tips, including the Jeremiah Fellowship.

Bronfman Youth Fellowships

Annually, the Bronfman Youth Fellowship Program selects 26 High School Juniors, identifying as Jewish, from the United States and Canada, for a five-week, all-expense-paid summer fellowship in Israel. In addition, the Bronfman Fellowship continues with seminars in December and March in New York. The Bronfman Youth Fellowship provides round-trip transportation between New York and Israel, educational programming, room, board, and travel while in Israel.

Dorot Fellowship in Israel

The Dorot Fellowship is a year-long program that assembles and empowers young Jewish leaders to invigorate the American Jewish landscape. For the duration of the fellowship, Dorot Fellows live in Isreal, where they sharpen their character and skills, acquire experience, and broaden the networks required for Jewish leadership in the 21st Century. The Dorot fellowship is open to American and Canadian Jews between 22 and 29 years old and provides a stipend of up to $27,000.

Jewish Organizing Fellowship

The JOIN for Justice Jewish Organizing Fellowship is a year-long, paid community organizing training program in Boston, Massachusetts. This professional fellowship trains Jewish young adults ages 21 to 30 to organize communities to fight against structural injustice and inequality. Fellows receive a salary of $31,000-$37,000 and health insurance.

Jewish Service Corps

Every year, Avodah recruits young Jewish adults ages 21-26 from across the United States to spend a year in its Jewish Service Corps. Fellows receive a monthly stipend and work at a leading nonprofit organization in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, or Washington, D.C. Jewish Service Corps Members live and learn together in a supportive, pluralistic community at the crossroads of social activism and Jewish life.

Jewish Wisdom Fellowship

The Jewish Wisdom Fellowship is a 5-week summer fellowship for thoughtful, passionate, and engaged Jewish professionals. Fellows learn about critical questions currently confronting the Jewish community and the world. Through guided learning, havruta, and group work, Fellows probe Jewish tradition for wisdom to help them navigate contemporary social, moral, and spiritual challenges. All Jewish Wisdom Fellows complete a final project to share their learnings with their community and the broader Jewish professional field.

Repair the World Fellowship

The Repair the World Fellowship is a two-year full-time, paid professional fellowship for young adults aged 21 to 26. Repair the World Fellows are placed in 1 of 8 communities throughout the United States (Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Pittsburgh) and volunteer with local partner organizations to learn the ins and outs of working for a nonprofit organization. Fellows learn event planning and community organizing skills and develop a nuanced view of racial justice.

Schusterman Fellowship

The Schusterman Fellowship is an 18-month paid professional fellowship for rising executive-level professionals that provides leadership development training and a lifelong fellowship community. Fellows become authentic, dynamic leaders through a robust curriculum, a cohort of peers, and guidance from top coaches and experts. The Shusterman Fellowship invests in exceptional Jewish leaders, nominated by partner organizations and Senior Fellows, committed to building and sustaining Jewish nonprofits and Israeli civil society. Fellows lead efforts to strengthen Jewish engagement, racial justice, global service, Israeli civil society, gender equity, LGBTQ rights, and more.

Shapiro Family Fellowship

The Shapiro Family Fellowship is a yearlong professional fellowship to cultivate future New York Jewish community leaders. Fellows participate in a 10-day trip to Israel and programming for personal and professional development and heightened knowledge of Israel, the New York Jewish community, and the UJA-Federation of New York. Candidates must be between 22 and 35 years old, live in the greater New York metropolitan area, and have traveled to Israel at least once before applying.

The Global Jewish Service Corps Fellowship

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) offers a year-long, fully-funded professional fellowship for Jews between the age of 20 and 40 to engage with JDC’s global mission overseas. Global Jewish Service Corps Fellows are matched with and placed in communities looking for particular skills and experience. In addition, Fellows attend three leadership retreats and receive monthly coaching.

Tikvah Summer Fellowship for College Students

The Tikvah Fund Beren Summer Fellowship is a paid 8-week intensive seminar in New York City for college students and recent graduates living in America and Canada. Led by preeminent professors, rabbis, educators, and intellectual and political leaders, the seminars will explore 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. Fellows receive a housing option in New York City and a generous stipend of $5,500.

Wexner Field Fellowship

The Wexner Field Fellowship is a 3-year, paid professional fellowship that provides promising young Jewish professionals leadership coaching, funding, and access to a rich network of colleagues. Candidates must be young Jewish leaders based in North America, employed full-time by a Jewish communal organization, and committed to pursuing leadership careers in the North American Jewish community. The Wexner Field Fellowship provides cohort-based learning to deepen leadership skills during and after the fellowship.

Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program

The Yiddish Book Center Fellowship is a 1-year professional fellowship to work as full-time staff at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Fellows learn valuable professional skills and contribute to the Yiddish Book Center’s priority projects. Applicants must be recent college graduates with substantial backgrounds in Jewish studies or related disciplines, a working knowledge of Yiddish, a commitment to the Yiddish language and culture, and a demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team. Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend $30,000 and health insurance.


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