The Nomi Fein, Rabbi Richard J. Israel, and Jay E. Orlin Social Justice Fellowships

The application process for the 2015-2016 fellowships is now closed.

**Please check back in September 2015 for the 2016-2017 fellowship application.**

Applications for the 2015 – 2016 Fellowship

COMPLETED applications, including transcripts and references, MUST be received
by January 20, 2015. Applications and letters of recommendation will be accepted
online or by e-mail only.  Please email all materials to

If you have any questions, please contact Ruti Kadish:
fellowships@nif.org email | (202) 513-7823 phone

*Completed application must include:

  • Application Form
  • Transcript (Unofficial)
  • Resume
  • Essays
  • References

**References: Two written references are required, which should be submitted by e-mail using the attached form (PDF) to fellowships@nif.org. Please submit with your application package the name and contact details of the referees who will be sending these references. Further, please provide the name and contact details of one additional reference that we may contact.

Following the submission of your complete application, you will be contacted
for a Hebrew screening that will take place over the phone or on Skype.

The Experience
The NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship is an 10 month experience where fellows spend 32 hours per week interning in an approved, individually-selected Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO), active in one of the following areas:

  • Safeguarding civil and human rights
  • Pursuing environmental justice
  • Promoting Jewish-Arab equality
  • Advancing the status of women
  • Fostering tolerance and religious pluralism
  • Bridging social and economic gaps

Additionally, Fellows engage in monthly enrichment programs and periodic site visits to further develop their understanding of Israel, Israeli activism, and their role as activists both in Israel and at home. Fellows also receive training in leadership and community development. Because Fellows intern full time in an Israeli NGO, successful applicants must have either excellent Hebrew language skills, or good Hebrew with excellent Arabic skills. Living expenses are covered by a modest stipend. [For more info on Fellowship expectations click here] The Fellowship year runs from September 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 and completed applications, including two letters of reference, are due on January 20, 2015. Applicants should be college graduates by the start of the Fellowship year. Only U.S. and Canadian residents are eligible for the SJF; Israeli permanent residents are not eligible to receive an NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship.

To read more about the most recent cohorts of NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellows, click here.

About the Social Justice Fellowships
In 1997, the Nomi Fein Social Justice Fellowship was established by Nomi’s family after her sudden death at the age of 30. Four years later, a second Social Justice Fellowship was created to honor the life and memory of Rabbi Richard J. Israel. In 2008, the NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship was again expanded. In 2010 we added a U.K. fellow and this year were delighted to add our 6th U.S Fellow, the Jay E. Orlin Fellow, as well as our first Canadian Fellow, bringing the total to 8 Fellows. Click here to read more about the legacies of Nomi Fein, Rabbi Richard J. Israel and Jay E. Orlin.

About the New Israel Fund and SHATIL
The New Israel Fund (NIF) was established in 1979 to strengthen democracy and promote social justice in Israel, and is today Israel’s foremost social-change institution.  Specifically, it works to advance the following objectives: Fighting for civil and human rights; Promoting religious tolerance and pluralism; Closing the social and economic gaps in Israeli society; and Protecting Israel’s environment.

Since its founding, NIF has granted more than $200 million to more than 800 Israeli non-profit organizations.  But NIF is far more than a grant maker; NIF is a unique working and philanthropic partnership of North Americans, Israelis, and Europeans, providing more than 1,300 Israeli non-profit organizations with financial and technical support each year.

In 1982, NIF established SHATIL, the New Israel Fund’s Empowerment and Training Center for Social Change Organizations in Israel. SHATIL builds organizational capacity of NIF grantees and similar organizations by providing training, consultation, coalition-building assistance, and other services.