AJWS Global Justice Fellowship for Los Angeles Leaders
AJWS Global Justice Fellowship for Los Angeles Leaders
Join American Jewish World Service for an exclusive opportunity to take your leadership skills to the next level and help AJWS build a more just and equitable world. The AJWS Global Justice Fellowship is a year-long program designed to inspire, educate and train key Jewish opinion leaders to become passionate global justice activists.
As part of this fellowship you will…
- Learn about human rights and international development, including Jewish perspectives
- Develop advocacy and organizing skills
- Take action as part of AJWS’s We Believe campaign, focusing on ending violence against women, girls and LGBT people
- Organize your communities to advocate for human rights
- Travel to India to learn from local communities effecting change
- Lobby members of Congress
- Join a national network of American Jewish leaders dedicated to promoting human rights and ending poverty in the developing world
- What: A year-long fellowship designed to inspire and equip Los Angeles leaders to become effective advocates for global justice. The fellowship includes an 8- to 10-day trip to India and innovative trainings designed to develop skills in organizing and advocacy.
- When: U.S. programming from November 2014–November 2015; international travel from February 8-18, 2015; AJWS Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., May 11-13, 2015.
- Where: In addition to international travel to India, regular meetings will take place in Los Angeles and via virtual learning sessions. There will also be a two-day lobby training in Washington, D.C., and the group will travel to India in February 2015.
- Who: Leaders in the Los Angeles Jewish Community
- Application Deadline: Monday, September 8, 2014
- Cost: $250–$750 (sliding scale based on financial ability) plus cost of visas, vaccinations, medications and health/travel insurance
Preliminary Fellowship Schedule and Requirements
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▼ What is the AJWS Global Justice Fellowship?
- The AJWS Global Justice Fellowship is a selective year-long program designed to inspire, educate, train and empower key leaders in the American Jewish community to become activist leaders in support of global justice. The fellowship includes organizing and advocacy skills training; an 8-10 day immersive experience in the developing world to learn from extraordinary human rights activists; and support in organizing your communities to advocate for global social justice issues, specifically the rights of women, girls and LGBT people. Fellows will join a strong core of leaders in the U.S. already dedicated to advocating for human rights and ending poverty in the developing world.
▼ Is there more than one group of fellows each year?
- AJWS will select 5-6 groups of fellows each year, including one national group of rabbinical and graduate students, one national group of rabbis and 3-4 geographically-organized groups of established Jewish leaders in major U.S. cities.
▼ What is the structure of the year-long fellowship program?
- The AJWS Global Justice Fellowship consists of three programmatic phases that take place over the course of one year. Dates are approximate:
- Months 1-3: Fellows will engage in a series of educational workshops—both virtual and in-person—to build community with their peers, set expectations for the year and learn about AJWS’s We Believe campaign. Fellows will be assigned background reading to learn about global justice issues, organizing and advocacy, and to prepare for international travel. Fellows will begin to engage in partner learning with one of their peers to discuss texts, films and other media that relate to these topics. Approximately 20-30 hours total.
- International Travel: Fellows will participate in an immersive, 8-10 day experience in a community where AJWS works in the developing world. They will learn from AJWS grantees, engage with other local experts, explore the impact of U.S. policy on developing world communities, and train in activism and leadership skills.
- Months 4-12: Fellows will engage in a series of workshops—both virtual and in-person—to develop their organizing and leadership skills, stay updated on AJWS’s We Believe campaign issues, and plan area events individually and with their fellowship group. Fellows will organize public speaking events, local lobby visits, fundraise and write articles and op-eds in order to mobilize their communities around AJWS’s We Believe campaign. Fellows will engage with AJWS’s activist network, known as the AJWS Action Team, in order to plan large-scale organizing events. Fellows will attend AJWS’s annual Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., to meet with decision-makers on Capitol Hill. Fellows will also continue to engage in partner learning with one of their peers to discuss texts, films and other media that relate to AJWS’s campaign issues. Fellows will meet as a group throughout this period to reflect on and support each other’s organizing work.
▼ Who is eligible for the Los Angeles fellowship group?
- The fellowship is open to all Jewish adults residing in the Los Angeles area who possess the potential to provide outstanding leadership to help shape the future of the American Jewish community’s commitment to global justice. AJWS does not discriminate based on denominational affiliation, gender identity, racial or ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation.
- AJWS is seeking particular qualifications for each fellowship group—in some cases geographic and in some cases professional. Please see the specific page for each group for more information.
- For all fellowship groups, applicants must be able to participate in all components of the fellowship, including: all organizing and advocacy skills trainings, the entire 8-10 day experience in the developing world, the Policy Summit, and regular meetings and campaign organizing events.
- The ideal applicant:
- Believes in AJWS’s mission to promote human rights and end poverty
- Is interested in joining a community dedicated to global justice issues and working towards building a more just and equitable world
- Has a strong desire to learn more about how U.S. citizens can impact global policies through advocacy, mobilizing and organizing
- Is committed to organizing one’s own community and leading community members to take action to advocate for global justice issues
- Demonstrates significant experience or potential as a community leader
- Has the desire and disposition for responsible travel in the developing world
▼ What is the entire cost of the program?
- The AJWS Global Justice Fellowship is heavily subsidized by AJWS and several generous donors, enabling us to offer this opportunity at a minimal cost. Fellows pay a one-time fellowship fee of $250–$750 (on a sliding scale based on financial ability) and are additionally responsible for paying for visas, vaccinations, medications and health/travel insurance. All other fellowship expenses—including international and domestic travel and all supplies and programs—are covered as a benefit of the fellowship
- The following list outlines the entire cost of the program:
- Expenses covered by AJWS and subsidized by our donors:
- International flight, accommodations, group meals and activities during international travel component
- Domestic flights, accommodations, group meals and activities for U.S.-based engagement events/trainings
- Programmatic costs (e.g. AJWS curriculum, group medical supplies, trainings, etc.)
- Expenses paid by fellows:
- $250–$270 (based on sliding scale)
- Visas for international travel
- Vaccinations or other medical expenses related to international travel
- Health insurance (all fellows must have international/travelers’ insurance)
- Food during free time in India and outside of group meals (these expenses are minimal; we recommend bringing approximately $50 for such costs during international travel).
▼ Can I extend my travel in India? How do I plan for this extension?
- Once accepted to the LA AJWS Global Justice Fellowship, participants will have the opportunity to extend travel in India past the program dates. Please note that expenses incurred by extending travel are the responsibility of the participant. Any requests for extended travel must be submitted to AJWS by mid- November 2014, so that we can accommodate your plans as we book group flights.
- We recommend our travel agency, Absolute Travel, to help plan trip extensions, as they will create an itinerary that includes tourist highlights while taking safety and security into account.
- Due to the limited number of extended travel exceptions available through our group flight, requests for extended travel will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis.
▼ How can I learn more?
- For more information about the application and program logistics, please fill out the form below and continue to the next page.
- If you have any questions about the AJWS Global Justice Fellowship, please contact Jocelyn Berger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.843.9685.
- AJWS Staff will offer two drop-in information sessions at our Santa Monica office:
- Wednesday, July 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, August 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.