Fellowships

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

The application process for the 2020-2021 fellowships is now closed. Please check back in September for the 2021-2022 fellowship application.

The NIF/Shatil Social Justice Fellowship is a 10 month immersive experience in Israel, where fellows work on cutting-edge social justice issues alongside veteran activists. Fellows spend four days per week working on the front lines of social change in Israel at a premiere Israeli social change organization. In addition to monthly seminars, fellows will learn about coalition and movement building from experts from Shatil, NIF’s capacity building center and action arm in Israel. The program includes periodic site visits designed to develop fellows’ understanding of a diverse set of issues at the center of Israeli social justice activism and of fellows’ own role as activists and allies both in Israel and at home.

Upon acceptance to the program, fellows will identify the issue they would like to spend the year working on. The fellowship program coordinator in Israel will work with each fellow to find an appropriate placement.

Living expenses are covered by a modest stipend.

About the Social Justice Fellowships

Fellowship Goals and Expectations

The 2020-2021 Fellowship year runs from September 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

Updated application timeline: NIF will contact applicants the week of April 20, 2020 with offers for interviews. NIF plans to notify applicants of final decisions regarding the fellowships by mid-May 2020.

Application Requirements and Eligibility

The application process for the 2020-2021 fellowships is now closed. Please check back in September for the 2021-2022 fellowship application.

A completed online application must include:

  • Resume
  • Two Essays
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional)
  • Transcript (unofficial)

The fellowship application requires two written letters of recommendation, submitted via the online application. The application will ask you to provide their names and contact details, and NIF will contact them by email with instructions for submitting their written references or letters of recommendation.

Additionally, the application will ask you to provide one additional reference.

Applications and letters of recommendation will be accepted online or by email only (to [email protected]).

Completed applications, including transcripts and references, must be received by Friday, March 20, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact at [email protected].

Fellows on the NIF/Shatil Social Justice Fellowship will be fully integrated in Israeli NGOs so successful applicants should have strong Hebrew language skills or proficiency in Arabic. If you are unsure if your language skills are adequate, please contact [email protected].

Applicants should be college graduates by the start of the fellowship year. Only U.S. residents are eligible for the SJF.

NIF strongly encourages individuals from all backgrounds, including LGBTQ people, Jews of color and women applicants to apply.

Read more about the most recent cohorts of NIF / Shatil Social Justice Fellows