The Leibel Fein and Nomi Fein, Rabbi Richard J. Israel, and Jay E. Orlin Social Justice Fellowships
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.
NIF’s core issue areas are:
- Safeguarding Human Rights and Democratic Institutions
- Shared Society and Combating Racism
- Palestinian Citizens of Israel
- Social and Economic Justice
- Religious Freedom
Living expenses are covered by a modest stipend.
The 2020-2021 Fellowship year runs from September 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.
NIF will contact applicants in early April 2020 to grant interviews. NIF will notify applicants of final decisions regarding the fellowships by early May 2020.
Application Requirements and Eligibility
A completed online application must include:
- 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 Tuesday, March 10, 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, Jews of color and women applicants to apply.