The New Israel Fund’s Global Activism Fellowship is a one-of-a-kind trip to Israel/Palestine to meet frontline activists and learn about these issues in-depth, and we want you to join us!
On the trip, you can expect to:
Connect with leading Israeli and Palestinian activists and learn about how various human rights and social justice struggles intersect
Meet with Mizrahi community organizers fighting racism against their community
Meet Palestinians in the West Bank and hear directly about their experience living under military occupation – while also learning about Israeli human rights organizations who work to end it
Delve into social justice issues, like the struggle for the rights of African asylum seekers, the fight for public housing and against gentrification, and more
Get an up-close look at the reality of East Jerusalem and visit an unrecognized Bedouin village
Learn about the assaults on Israeli democracy and meet the activists working to preserve it
This trip is a great opportunity to learn alongside peers and friends (ages 21 – 35). NIF is based on the simple idea that those of us who share a commitment to Israel/Palestine and to progressive values can join together to work for equality, freedom, and human rights. You will join a global cohort of participants from the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia, building relationships across borders to be sustained for years to come.
Following the trip, participants are expected to organize at least two NIF events in their home communities with support from NIF’s Young Leadership & Education Coordinator Zak Witus. These events could look like a report back highlighting the participants’ learnings from the trip, educational programs featuring NIF grantees/partners, or something else entirely that is tailored to the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs of the fellow’s communities.
The program is subsidized by generous donors in the NIF community. All “on-the-ground” costs – your hotel accommodation and almost all meals – will be covered by NIF. If selected, participants are responsible for purchasing their own airfare and travel/health insurance.
For more details, contact [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
More and more young people are demanding that when they visit Israel/Palestine on organized trips, they must examine the complex social-political realities, including Israel’s military occupation.
Helping young people confront systems of oppression isn’t new for NIF. It’s baked into our DNA.
We understand that rising generations are eager to engage with an Israel/Palestine that isn’t whitewashed or sanitized. That’s because they’re asking the same critical questions about fairness, equal rights, and social justice in Israel and the occupied territories that they ask at home. They/we are eager to build relationships with their Israeli and Palestinian counterparts on the basis of shared values. Together, we want to build bridges for people around the world who want to work alongside on-the-ground Israeli and Palestinians civil society leaders advancing human rights, equality, and justice.
The program is for young adults (ages 21–35) who are able to demonstrate leadership experience, a commitment to NIF’s vision and values, and skills or professional expertise that they are interested in developing and applying to advance a just, equal, democratic, and pluralistic Israel/Palestine. Applicants from oppressed backgrounds and who hold marginalized identities, including LGBTQ+, Jews of Color, Sephardim, Mizrahim, Palestinians, as well as those with low wealth, are highly encouraged to apply.
No previous participation in NIF events or within the NewGen community is required.
- First-hand experience and in-depth knowledge of NIF’s issue areas, grantees, and projects throughout Israel/Palestine
- An opportunity to play a role in advancing positive social change in Israel/Palestine
- Opportunities to meet and build relationships with Israeli and Palestinian activists and leaders from the human rights and social change community
- Networking opportunities to forge connections and partnerships with Israeli, Palestinian, and international peers and leaders, and to join an international community of like-minded activists
- Platforms for leadership and speaking opportunities within the American Jewish community and NIF’s networks
The program is open to outstanding people, ages 21-35, who can demonstrate the following:
- Active engagement with Israel, preferably including having traveled to Israel previously and possessing a solid understanding of the issues affecting Israeli society
- Skills and experience in leadership and activism, and a keen interest in applying these within the American Jewish community
- Professional and/or voluntary experience relevant to the planning and execution of effective activities in areas such as fundraising, communications, and community organizing
- A strong affinity for NIF’s values and mission, and a desire and ability to act as ambassadors for NIF
The 2023-24 Application is now open! The new, extended deadline is Thursday, September 7th, 11:59pm.