October 1, 2014 - June 1, 2015

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

This fellowship has passed.

Get to know the 2014-2015 Rabbinical and Graduate Student Fellows! Read below to learn what these fellows are experiencing during their fellowship.


What: A fellowship designed to inspire and equip rabbinical and graduate students to become effective advocates for global justice. The fellowship includes an 8- to 10-day trip to Nicaragua and innovative trainings designed to develop skills in organizing and advocacy.

When: U.S. programming from October 2014 – June 2015; international travel from January 4-13, 2015.

Where: In addition to international travel to Nicaragua, meetings will take place in virtual learning sessions, in Washington D.C., and regionally (in New York or Los Angeles).

Who: Students pursuing graduate-level training leading to a career of religious or professional leadership in the Jewish community

Application Deadline: Applications are now closed.

Cost: $180 – $540 (sliding scale based on financial ability) plus cost of visas, vaccinations, medications and health/travel insurance

Scholar-in-residence: Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen

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 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 trip to a developing country, during which participants learn from grassroots activists working to overcome poverty and injustice. The trip will be preceded and followed by innovative trainings that will prepare participants to mobilize and organize their communities and networks in support of AJWS’s campaigns and other efforts to promote global justice. The fellowship will build a strong core of leaders in the U.S. 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: a national group of rabbinical students and graduate students pursuing careers in religious and communal Jewish leadership, a national group of rabbis, and several geographically-organized groups of established Jewish leaders in major U.S. cities.

  • What is the structure of the fellowship program?

    The AJWS Global Justice Fellowship consists of three programmatic components:

    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, 10-day experience in Nicaragua—engaging with local experts, meeting local advocates funded by AJWS, training in activism and leadership skills and exploring the impact of U.S. policy on developing countries.

    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

    Post-fellowship engagement: After the fellowship, fellows will continue to be part of AJWS’s activist network. With support from AJWS staff and 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 Rabbinical and Graduate fellowship group?

    All applicants must be current students pursuing graduate-level training leading to a career of religious or professional leadership in the Jewish community 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 emerging 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 as a community leader, willing to mobilize their local community to take action on global justice issues

    Understands that traveling as a U.S. citizen to the developing world requires respect for the local people and their communities

  • What is the total cost of the program?

    The AJWS Global Justice Fellowship is generously subsidized by AJWS and a number of 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 covered by AJWS and subsidized by our donors:

    International flight, accommodations, food and activities during travel to Dominican Republic

    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)

    $10 visa 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?

    Each morning, the group will participate in “sacred space”—an opportunity for fellows to share a spiritual intention for the day. The group will not formally engage in weekday prayer together. If desired by the fellows, time will be built into the schedule to allow for individual or communal prayer. 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.

  • What is the food like? How do 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 or other dietary needs should contact us.

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