New Israel Fund Social Justice Fellowships

Provides opportunities for immersion in Israeli social justice projects

The NIF/Shatil Social Justice Fellowship is a one-of-a kind 10 month experience where fellows spend 4 days a week on the front lines of social change in Israel at a premiere Israeli non-governmental (NGO) social change organizations.

In addition to working on cutting-edge social justice issues with veteran activists, through monthly enrichment programs fellows will also have the added benefit of close contact with experts from Shatil, NIF’s capacity building center and action arm. The program also includes periodic site visits designed to further develop the fellows’ understanding of Israel, Israeli activism, and the their own role as activists both in Israel and at home.

The 2018-2019 Fellowship year runs from September 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Deadline Information

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 19, 2019


Fellows will spend 32 hours per week interning with an approved Israeli non-governmental organization active in one of the following areas:

  • Safeguarding Human Rights and Democratic Institutions
  • Shared Society and Combating Racism
  • Palestinian Society
  • Social and Economic Justice
  • Religious Freedom

Fellows also engage in monthly enrichment programs and periodic site visits to further develop their understanding of Israel, Israeli activism, and their role as activists both in Israel and at home. Fellows also receive training in leadership and community development. 

During the summer prior to the fellowship year, Fellows are also expected to fundraise for NIF, setting their personal goal at a minimum of $1,000. NIF will provide training and support for each fellow in developing a fundraising strategy. Not reaching the fundraising goal will not preclude participation. 

During the fellowship year, Fellows are also expected to participate in Fellowship activities and remain in good standing for the full 10 months of the program. Additionally, when Fellows return from Israel, NIF will request that Fellows make presentations on behalf of NIF and SHATIL in the US.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. or Canadian citizen
  • Have completed an undergraduate degree by the start of the fellowship period
  • Possess either excellent Hebrew language skills or good Hebrew with excellent Arabic skills 

Application Process

Complete the application through the online application portal.