AJWS Global Justice Fellowship for San Francisco Bay Area Leaders


AJWS Global Justice Fellowship for San Francisco Bay Area Leaders

This fellowship is underway and no longer accepting applications. Please check back in the spring for the next San Francisco Global Justice Fellowship Application guidelines.

Learn more about the 2013-2014 Fellows or continue reading below for information about what the 2013-2014 Fellows will experience during their fellowship.


  • What: A year-long fellowship designed to inspire and equip San Francisco Bay Area leaders to become effective advocates for global justice. The fellowship includes a 10-day trip to Uganda and U.S.-based learning, advocacy training and activism.
  • When: U.S. programming from November 2013 – November 2014, including lobby training in Washington D.C. from May 11–13, 2014; international travel from February 16–25, 2014.
  • Where: Meetings will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area and via online seminars. There will also be a two-day lobby training in Washington, D.C., and the group will travel to Uganda in February 2014.
  • Who: Leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community
  • Application Deadline: Applications are now closed. If you would like more information about this program in the future, please click here.
  • Cost: $180 – $540 (sliding scale based on financial ability) plus cost of visas, vaccinations, medications and health/travel insurance

    The AJWS Global Justice Fellowship is supported by the Jewish Community Federation (JCF) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.

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Preliminary Fellowship Schedule and Requirements

Click here for a preliminary list of events, workshops, dates and commitments required of all fellows.

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 opinion leaders in the American Jewish community to become activist leaders in support of global justice. The fellowship includes an 8-10 day immersive experience in the developing world, where participants will witness the challenges facing poor and marginalized communities and experience the power of grassroots efforts to overcome them. The trip will be preceded and followed by an innovative series of programs that will prepare participants to mobilize and organize their communities and networks in support of AJWS’s campaigns and other efforts to promote human rights and end 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: a national group of rabbinical students and graduate students pursuing careers in religious and communal Jewish leadership, a national group of rabbis and Jewish communal professionals and several 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 components that take place over the course of one year:
  • Orientation programming: A series of educational opportunities—both virtual and in-person—to build community among fellows, provide context for the travel experience and introduce participants to AJWS’s campaign themes
  • Travel: An immersive, 8-10 day experience in a community where AJWS works in the developing world—emphasizing engagement with local experts, meeting local advocates funded by AJWS, exploring the impact of U.S. policy on developing world communities, and training in activism and leadership skills
  • Post-trip engagement: A series of workshops on organizing and leadership combined with individual- and group-based mentorship, followed by opportunities to lobby, fundraise, mobilize others and engage in AJWS’s campaigns throughout the year. One of the lobby trainings will take place in Washington D.C. from May 11–13, 2014.
  • Post-fellowship engagement: After the fellowship year, fellows will continue to be part of AJWS’s activist network. With support from AJWS staff and through ongoing activism and leadership in AJWS’s campaigns, fellows will help to strengthen and build our movement for global justice.

Who is eligible for the Bay Area fellowship group?

  • All applicants must reside in the San Francisco Bay Area and be able to participate in all components of the fellowship, including: orientation programming, the entire 8-10 day experience in the developing world and all post-trip engagements.
  • AJWS welcomes a diverse pool of applicants with regard to denominational affiliation, gender, race, ethnic origin, disability and sexual orientation.
  • The ideal applicant:
  • Is highly motivated to be part of a select delegation of leaders dedicated to achieving global justice
  • Believes in AJWS’s mission to promote human rights and end poverty, and is committed to raising awareness of and building commitment to that mission within the greater Jewish community
  • Has a strong desire to learn more about how U.S. citizens can improve the lives of people in the developing world through advocacy, mobilizing and organizing
  • Demonstrates significant experience or potential as a community leader
  • Understands that traveling as a U.S. citizen to the developing world requires respect for the local people and their communities

What is the entire cost of the program?

  • The AJWS Global Justice Fellowship is heavily subsidized by AJWS and a number of our generous donors, enabling us to offer this opportunity at a minimal cost.
  • Fellows pay a one-time fellowship fee of $180 – $540 (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 paid by AJWS and subsidized by our donors:
  • International flight, accommodations, food and activities during international travel component in Uganda
  • Domestic flights, accommodations, food and activities for U.S.-based engagement events/trainings
  • Programmatic costs (e.g. AJWS curriculum, group medical supplies, trainings, etc.)
  • Expenses paid by fellows:
  • $180 – $540 (based on sliding scale)
  • Visas for international travel
  • Vaccinations or other medical expenses related to international travel
  • Health insurance (all participants must have both regular U.S. insurance and international/travelers’ insurance.)

How will the fellowship address prayer and Shabbat on the trip?

  • Shabbat will be planned and led by the fellows and will likely include prayer, special meals, learning and other activities, at the discretion of the group. If desired by the fellows, time will be built into the schedule to allow for individual or communal prayer.

What is the food like? Can I keep kosher while traveling on the Global Justice Fellowship?

  • Most meals will be eaten at restaurants and hotels where vegetarian options are available. Individuals with particular questions regarding kashrut should contact us.

How can I learn more?

  • For more information about the application and program logistics, please click on the “Keep me updated” button below and fill out the form.
  • If you have any questions about the AJWS Global Justice Fellowship, please contact us or call 415.593.3283.

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