NIFC/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship

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The NIFC/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowships enable a cadre of post-college Jewish young adults to spend 10 months immersed in the movement for social change in Israel. This fellowship places young Jews in Israeli NGOs for a year of in-depth contribution and learning.


The NIFC/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship is a 10-month experience where Fellows spend 32 hours per week interning in an approved, individually-selected Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO), active in one of the following areas:

  • Safeguarding civil and human rights
  • Pursuing environmental justice
  • Promoting Jewish-Arab equality
  • Advancing the status of women
  • Fostering tolerance and religious pluralism
  • Bridging social and economic gaps

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

Because Fellows intern full-time in an Israeli NGO, successful applicants must have either excellent Hebrew language skills, or good Hebrew with excellent Arabic skills. Living expenses are covered by a modest stipend.

For more info on Fellowship expectations click here.


The Fellowship year runs from September 1, 2015- June 30, 2016 and completed applications, including two letters of reference, will be due with the application. Applicants should be college graduates by the start of the Fellowship year. Only Canadian residents are eligible for the Canadian SJF; Israeli permanent residents are not eligible to receive an NIFC/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowship. To read more about the most recent cohort of NIFC/SHATIL Social Justice Fellows, click here.

About the Social Justice Fellowships

In 1997, the Nomi Fein Social Justice Fellowship was established in the United States by Nomi’s family after her sudden death at the age of 30.  Over the years, the Fellowship has expanded, now including the Canadian Fellow, bringing the total to 8 Fellows.

Applications for the 2015-2016 Fellowship will be available in September 2014.

Click here to apply     

Applications and letters of recommendation will be accepted
online or by e-mail only
.  Please email all materials to 

If you have any questions, please contact Atarah Derrick, atarah@nifcan.org , (416)-781-4322.


Completed application must include:

  • Application Form
  • Transcript (unofficial)
  • Resume
  • Essays
  • Reference: Two written references are required, which should be submitted by e-mail to fellowships@nif.org. Please submit with your application package the name and contact details of the referees who will be sending these references.  Further, please provide the name and contact details of one additional reference that we may contact.

PLEASE NOTE:  Following the submission of your complete application, you will be contacted for a Hebrew screening that will take place over the phone or on Skype.


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