Naomi Chazan Fellowship

Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort are due April 14th!

“This trip was beautifully, intentionally designed, and everyone in the cohort enriched my life and experience. It was a dream to travel and learn from such smart, dynamic young professionals part of the global Jewish diaspora.” – past fellow

The Naomi Chazan Fellowship is a year-long program that begins with a subsidized, ten-day study tour in Israel from July 14-23, 2019. Two dozen changemakers in their 20s and 30s from Canada, the UK, Australia, and the US join an immersive experience to explore social issues in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Fellows return home and work to engage Canadian Jewry on these issues, take part in leadership seminars, and become part of a global network of young Jewish progressives.

The Naomi Chazan Fellowship will be entering its fifth year – and only the second year that Canadians in their 20s and 30s can participate.

The Fellowship is subsidized by donors in the NIFC community. If selected, participants pay or raise $475 to cover the study tour, seminars, and their projects. (We are also accepting limited seats for participants who wish to join only the study tour. See below.)

Click here to apply

For more details contact Leah Breslow at

Meet our 2018 fellows:

Naomi Chazan Fellows 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the fellowship for?

This first cohort of the fellowship is open to people in their 20s and 30s from the Greater Toronto Area who can demonstrate a commitment to NIFC’s vision and values, as well as a desire to spend a year of volunteerism advancing a just, equal, democratic and pluralistic Israel.

What does being a Fellow entail?

Following the trip and throughout the year, fellows will be required to take action in their local communities with New Israel Fund of Canada. Fellows commit to develop projects that build support for the issues they are passionate about such as community events, Shabbat dinners, public programs, and others. We’re looking forward to seeing fellows become NIFC ambassadors in the broader community, “speaking out” on issues relating to their passions and on issues related to the work of NIFC such as social justice, human rights, religious freedom and shared society in Israel.

The fellows will take part in one seminar each quarter, for a total of 3 seminars. Fellows will work individually or collaboratively on a project each quarter. Fellows will also participate in a few additional NIFC events such as salons, fellowship meet-ups, or attending other fellows’ events. Fellows will have monthly check-ins with the Fellowship coordinator.

What is New Gen?

New Generations is an open and vibrant community of young professionals, social activists, community leaders, and students in their 20s and 30s who are committed to the work of the New Israel Fund.

Do I need to already be involved in NIFC to apply?

No previous participation in the New Israel Fund of Canada is required.

Can I go on the trip, without being a Fellow?

Yes, if you cannot make the year-long commitment to being a Fellow and can pay the unsubsidized cost of the study tour, we will accept a limited number of participants on the study tour. The full cost of the study tour is $2,700 plus airfare.

To be considered, submit your application and indicate that you are interested in the trip only. Contact Leah Breslow at with any questions.

What is involved in the study tour?

The tour is a unique opportunity to meet with Israeli leaders from all sectors of society who are progressive changemakers. Here are examples from past years’ itineraries:

  • Meeting with Bedouin communities in southern Israel
  • Touring Hebron with former soldiers and peace activists
  • Hearing from Africans seeking asylum in Israel
  • Hands-on workshops with community organizers
  • Touring East Jerusalem with community leaders
  • Happy hour with young human rights lawyers
  • Briefings with Members of Knesset

What is the application process and timeline?

March 14, 2019 – Applications open

April 14 – Applications due — click here to apply

Late April – Interviews held

End of April – Final Fellows are chosen and announced

What do past fellows say about their experience?

“Thank you for investing in me and helping me witness what I needed to witness in order to stand on the right side of history from here going forward.”

“I slowly came to understand how we could use our privilege and our global outreach to engage our peers in conversation. Only with the optimism embodied by every one of NIF’s trustees, can we find the confidence to speak out.”

“This trip was life changing, and challenging. Growth means pain, and upon returning to work this morning, it is clear that I am changed. I am also more clear about my own values, what drives my own activism, my place in the “left”, my dreams for Israel, and my passion for this work.”

Who is Naomi Chazan?

Born in Jerusalem during the British mandate era, Professor Naomi Chazan is synonymous with an Israel that defends human rights, promotes equality and seeks a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Naomi’s commitment to building an Israel as envisioned by the Declaration of Independence has been seen in her roles as a former Deputy Speaker for the Knesset for Meretz, a senior Israeli academic, activist for women’s rights, and former President of the New Israel Fund.

Naomi’s years of service and dedication to social justice, peace and tolerance, are the perfect inspiration for NIFC’s new Canadian Fellowship.

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