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

The 2023-24 fellowship application is now closed. Please check back in the fall for info about the 2024-25 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 $21,500 stipend.

About the Social Justice Fellowships

Fellowship Goals and Expectations

The 2023-2024 Fellowship year runs from September 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024.

Application timeline: NIF will contact qualified applicants with offers for interviews in late February/early March and will notify applicants of final decisions regarding the fellowships by April 2023.

Application Requirements and Eligibility

A completed online application must include:

    • Application form
    • Resume
    • Two Essays
    • A letter of recommendation (academic or professional)

The fellowship application requires a resume and a written letter of recommendation, submitted via the online application.

If you have any questions, please contact us 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.

NIF strongly encourages individuals from all backgrounds, including LGBTQ people, Jews of color, Palestinians and people of Arab heritage, as well as women to apply.

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

Check out our NIF / Shatil Social Justice Fellows Alumni Database