Global Justice Fellowship

AJWS's Global Justice Fellowship is a selective, year-long program designed to inspire, educate and train key opinion leaders in the American Jewish community to become advocates in support of U.S. policies that will help improve the lives of people in the developing world.

The fellowship includes an 8-10 day educational trip to a developing country, during which participants witness the power of grassroots efforts to overcome poverty and injustice. The trips are preceded and followed by an innovative series of educational programs that prepare participants to mobilize and organize their communities in support of AJWS’s campaigns and other efforts to promote global justice.

Current Programs

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Rabbinic Fellows (2015-2016)

August 1, 2015 - September 1, 2016

A year-long fellowship designed to inspire and equip Rabbinic leaders to become effective advocates for global justice.

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New York Metro Area Leaders (2015)

January 1, 2015 - January 1, 2016

A year-long fellowship designed to inspire and equip New York Metro Area leaders to become effective advocates for global justice.

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Rabbinical and Graduate Student Fellows (2014-2015)

October 1, 2014 - October 1, 2015

A year-long fellowship designed to inspire and equip student leaders to become effective advocates for global justice.

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Los Angeles Fellows (2014-2015)

November 1, 2014 - November 1, 2015

A year-long fellowship designed to inspire and equip leaders in Los Angeles to become effective advocates for global justice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the AJWS Global Justice Fellowship! Below you will find answers to some of our frequently asked questions.

  • 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.

  • How does the Global Justice Fellowship support AJWS’s mission?

    AJWS is the leading Jewish organization working to promote human rights and end poverty in the developing world. We pursue lasting change by supporting grassroots and global human rights organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and by mobilizing our community in the U.S. to advocate for global justice. The fellowship empowers American Jews to become leaders in our campaign for global justice, called the We Believe campaign.

  • What is the We Believe campaign and what is the Global Justice Fellowship’s role in it?

    We Believe, AJWS’s national advocacy campaign, calls on the U.S. government to do three things to promote human rights in the developing world: 1) End violence against women and girls; 2) Stop hate crimes against LGBT people; and 3) Empower girls to end child marriage.

    We Believe is inspired by AJWS’s core belief in dignity and human rights for all, rooted in the Jewish commitment to justice. By advocating for U.S. policies that improve the lives of people in the developing world, We Believe works to accomplish the same goals as those of the hundreds of grassroots and global human rights organizations that AJWS supports in the developing world.

    Global Justice Fellows are trained and empowered to become leaders in the We Believe campaign by organizing their communities to advocate for U.S. policies that improve the lives of people in the developing world.

    More information on AJWS’s We Believe campaign can be found at webelieve.ajws.org.

  • How much does the program cost and where do those fees go?

    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 $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, 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 – $750 (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 on program and outside of group meals (these expenses are minimal; we recommend bringing approximately $50 for such costs during international travel).

  • Why is there a sliding scale for the program fee?

    The sliding scale of $180 – $540 is based on financial ability. We do not want financial constraints to be the limiting factor of anyone’s participation in the Global Justice Fellowship. Please contact us using the form below if you would like to discuss your financial situation further.

  • Is there a stipend provided to fellows?

    There is no stipend provided. While many fellowships are a full-time commitment and therefore provide a living stipend, the AJWS Global Justice Fellowship allows individuals to participate while continuing their full-time professions or student commitments.

  • Who is eligible for the AJWS Global Justice Fellowship?

    The fellowship is open to all Jewish adults in the United States 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, 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 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 his or her 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

  • I don’t meet the particular qualifications for any fellowship group. When will there be a program for me?

    AJWS is seeking particular qualifications for each fellowship group—in some cases geographic and in some cases professional. As the program develops, we may have groups with different qualifications to which you can apply. In the meantime, we’d love to involve you in AJWS’s We Believe campaign in other ways. Please contact us to share your interest so that we can talk about these opportunities.

  • Do I have to work in the Jewish community to be eligible?

    No, you do not have to work in the Jewish community to be eligible. You only have to self-identify as Jewish.

  • Am I eligible if I participated in an AJWS travel or volunteer program in the past? Will this program be different?

    Past participants of AJWS travel and volunteer programs are eligible to apply. While modeled after the core components and 10+ years of success of AJWS’s former service-learning programs, the Global Justice Fellowship is a distinctly different program. It has been designed to create more opportunities for fellows to develop concrete organizing and advocacy skills, in order to support their efforts to organize their communities to take action on global justice issues. It is a uniquely new experience even for alumni of past AJWS programs.

  • Are there any age requirements or restrictions to be eligible?

    No, all applicants over the age of 18 are eligible to be fellows. Our fellowship groups generally represent a diverse range of ages.

  • What are the physical ability requirements to be eligible?

    Applicants are required to have their physician complete a form certifying that they are medically able to participate in the international travel component of the program. While our goal is to ensure that any person, regardless of physical ability, is able to participate in the international travel component, unfortunately, the places we travel to often lack the infrastructure to meet every need. Please contact us if you have any specific needs you would like to discuss.

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