Fellowship Application

Fill out the interest form below and be the first to receive the 2023-2025 Fellowship application when it opens in Fall 2022.

Application Process

The written application allows us to start getting to know you. You will complete short essay questions, record a short video, and share your resume.

Select applicants will be asked to participate in a 30 minute first round screening interview.

A smaller pool of applicants will be selected to participate in a one hour second round interview with staff in possible placement communities.

Applicants will be notified of their status via email by March 6 (for priority deadline applicants) or April 17 (final deadline applicants).

Who We're Looking For

Are you a young adult aged 21-26 committed to service in pursuit of social change, ready to mobilize Jews and their communities to volunteer, and excited to explore the intersections of Judaism and social justice? Apply for the Repair the World Fellowship!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Repair the World Fellowship is a paid two-year, full time, immersive service opportunity for young adults passionate about mobilizing local Jewish communities to volunteer. Based in one of eight communities throughout the United States, fellows spend two years volunteering with local partner organizations, learning the ins and outs of working at a non-profit, developing their event planning skills, getting to know a community, building a nuanced racial justice lens, and getting to know themselves as they work to build a more just world through service. Fellows will engage the Jewish community through meaningful service learning, Jewish ritual and text, and community programming to mobilize their peers to serve alongside them at local organizations. The Repair the World Fellowship is for courageous, innovative, and compassionate leaders who want to spend two years launching their professional career at the intersection of volunteerism, social justice, and Jewish engagement.

The Repair the World Fellowship is open to anyone aged 21-26 (as of August 2022), who is authorized to work in the United States. Repair seeks to build a community in which all people, including people of color, Jews of Color, Jewish or non-Jewish, individuals with disabilities, from working-class backgrounds, and transgender and gender non-conforming folks, find a supportive environment that is focused on their growth as individuals and professionals. Repair the World is a Jewish organization that works to address the needs of all community members. While applicants do not need to be Jewish to apply, they should be excited about mobilizing the Jewish community to volunteer and to explore the intersections of Judaism and social justice.

The 2 year Fellowship experience begins August 14, 2023 and concludes July 2, 2025.

The two year Repair the World Fellowship is uniquely set up to help our fellows accelerate their professional growth at the intersection of service, Jewish social justice, and community engagement. Fellows spend their first year engaged in direct volunteering, and deep training and learning around Jewish engagement through a lens of social, racial, and economic justice. In their second year, fellows take on community leadership by spearheading community programming, social justice campaigns, volunteer recruitment efforts, large scale facilitation, and managing relationships with partner organizations.  Additionally, you’ll work with a unique and supportive community of other fellows across the country who are taking on the same mission. There are many other ways we think our program is special, including: Repair the World fellows take on a variety of responsibilities that can contribute to their personal and professional growth. For example, fellows are given “Internal Team Roles” where they receive specialized training from our national staff to manage their community’s communications, social media, and data. In this manner, they develop clear, transferable professional skills. Fellows are also paired with 1-3 service partners, providing the opportunity to be exposed to multiple non-profits. All fellows participate in weekly learning sessions that focus on a variety of topics, such as local social justice issues, Jewish learning, and building professional skills. Through exclusive partnerships with universities, Fellowship alumni are eligible for exclusive scholarship opportunities and waived application fees to continue pursuing their passions through higher education.

No one day in the Fellowship is the same! As a fellow you will participate in a variety of experiences, to both learn from your community and engage them to serve.

  • You will
    • plan and execute educational and service events to engage the Jewish community in social justice issues.
    • explore the relationship between Judaism and justice
    • delve into local social justice issues through learning from community members, local faculty educators, and your co-fellows.
    • facilitate Jewish service learning experiences in your community.
    • create true connections with members of your community.
Through all of this, you will have the support of Repair staff and co-fellows, who have all embarked on this adventure with you. One of our alumni captured the experience as the following: “[What will you do this year?] So many things! Many of them will be brand new and exciting, and will most definitely take you right out of your comfort zone. You’ll plan and host events, go to community board meetings, volunteer almost every day, learn about the community your live in in a way you never have before, connect with people of all ages, eat/sleep/breathe teamwork, develop creative ways of reaching people, challenge your beliefs, feel conflicted, meet more people than you can keep track of, go to services all over the place, get your hands dirty, clean things up, make a visible and palpable difference, and make a whole lot of people smile.” -Shannon Ferguson (Repair fellow, Brooklyn 2015-2016) Want to talk to a current fellow about their experience? Contact [email protected].

The Fellowship is a broad experience where you’ll wear many different hats at various points throughout your time as a fellow. Our alumni share that the variety of experiences they have had allow them access to a wide selection of  job opportunities after the Fellowship. Some of the skills and concepts we train our fellows in during the year include:

  • The intersection of Jewish values, service, and social justice
  • Volunteer recruitment and organizing 
  • How to facilitate in a wide variety of situations to diverse audiences on topics related to service, inequity, racial justice, and Jewish values
  • Jewish service learning
  • Project management
  • Managing up and working with a supervisor
  • Data management and analysis
  • Social media, email marketing, and communications
  • Event planning and operations
  • Managing relationships with partner organizations
  • Professional self management (goal setting, time and task management, professional communication)
  • Pedagogy around power, privilege, oppression, and racial justice
  • Local understandings of racism, poverty, and injustice in a variety of areas (housing, education, criminal justice system, food, environment, etc.)
Perhaps you have a fear of public speaking or are intimidated by event planning? Your co-fellows and Repair the World staff are here to provide the necessary support as you slowly step out of your comfort zone and learn to address an audience of over 50 people or plan a Shabbat dinner for over 100 attendees all while learning more about yourself.  Similarly, if you are interested in a deep dive into the intersection of food and Judaism or want to build your knowledge on Jewish texts addressing social issues, you have the ability to learn from experts in the field and access to Repair the World’s many resources. Through our Fellowship model, you will build professional skills in volunteer engagement, event planning, data management, social media and communications, volunteer service facilitation, service learning, and more. The nature of your work will empower you to foster authentic relationships with your community and build deep, sustainable connections with volunteers. These skills, and the many others not listed here, will equip you to pursue your next steps, whatever they may be.

Training generally takes place in three parts. It starts with a one-week National Orientation where fellows have the chance to meet Repair the World staff, familiarize themselves with Repair the World’s approach to service and Jewish learning, and start learning the skills necessary to become a successful fellow. Other highlights: social events and guest speakers. Then, you will engage in a more specific two week Local Orientation with your cohort led by your local Repair the World staff. During this time, you will have the opportunity to expand on the skills and knowledge gained from National Orientation while also putting down roots in your new community. This includes meeting with service partners, exploring the city, and, most importantly, diving into the work you will be doing throughout the year. Finally, there will be weekly learning and training sessions throughout the two years of the Fellowship. This includes a mix of both national virtual learning and in-person sessions with local faculty which will provide insight into your community’s issue areas. The variety of topics spans from Jewish approaches to social justice to specific professional development topics, such as how to build your professional network. Of course, this is all in addition to the hands-on learning experiences and advice from the experts you’ll be working alongside in your community and at your service partners!  

Each of our communities is its own, unique area of the country and, therefore, the issues fellows address vary community to community. Through your service, Fellows may address housing/homelessness, food access, education, criminal justice, and environmentalism through a Jewish lens. Repair the World, as an organization, is committed to addressing racial justice in all of its communities as it intersects at the root causes of poverty. All fellows learn about racial justice and other systemic inequities in their communities that furthers their contextual understanding of the work they are actually doing on a daily basis. As an organization, Repair the World works to lean deeply into our core Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (to repair the world) and Achdoot (solidarity) in following the guidance and leadership of our local communities, non-profit partners, and leaders who are directly serving the most marginalized in our communities.

We take the health of our staff, fellows, and community members extremely seriously. Repair the World has a robust COVID-response policy, reviewed by a public health professional, and continually updated as developments occur.

We like to say there is no typical day, but rather there is a typical week, and even that varies community-to-community! Overall, fellows have weekly meetings with their community team, spend time serving with their service partners, engage in weekly Jewish learning and training, work on upcoming events, and meet with local community members to build relationships. The balance of these different parts of the fellow role will shift from year one to year two as you begin to take on greater leadership and hold deeper relationships with your community. It may sound daunting, but it truly is one of the strengths of the Fellowship. Fellows take ownership over their schedules to take advantage of the multitude of experiences the Fellowship offers. Alum Becca Lerman sums up her experience: “Part of what makes the Fellowship engaging and meaningful is that each day varies. One day you may start your day at the Workshop [Repair’s office space] for a morning meeting with the team and then head out to support your partner organization. The next day you may participate in training, organize an educational event, and meet with community members. Whether you want to attend community events, schedule self care, or volunteer on your own, the schedule is flexible enough to allow for all of it.” – Becca Lerman, she/her (Repair fellow, Philadelphia 2017-2018) Want to hear about a typical week in a particular community from a current fellow? Contact [email protected]

  • Living Stipend: Repair the World provides fellows with a monthly living stipend to cover the cost of daily expenses such as food, rent, and other necessities. Depending on the cost of living in each placement community, stipends range from $25,000/year to $36,000/year.
  • Relocation Stipend:Financial support will be given to fellows who are moving to a new community for the Fellowship.
  • Health Insurance: Fellows can choose to participate in a health insurance plan through Repair (which includes dental, vision, and mental health coverage) at no additional cost.
  • Transportation Assistance: The cost of local transportation incurred in fulfilling your role as a fellow is covered by Repair the World. This includes use of public transportation as well as mileage reimbursement and gas assistance for those utilizing a personal vehicle.
  • Professional Development Funds: In their second year, Senior fellows can access funds for individualized professional development opportunities.
  • Economic Access Fund: Repair the World’s Economic Access Fund is intended to provide additional financial support to fellows impacted by injustice and covers immediate economic needs, such as transportation, mental health support, required technology, appropriate clothing, and other unexpected costs. The fund can also provide additional personal and professional support, such as professional development and mentorship.
  • University scholarships: Repair’s exclusive university partnerships with nationally renowned institutions give Fellowship alumni access to scholarships for over 30 different graduate programs around the country.

Fellows are responsible for finding their own housing (with support from Repair the World). The fellow stipend is intended to cover your living expenses, including rent and utilities. Fellows are encouraged to find modest accommodations in consideration of the stipend amount and cost of housing in your community. As you onboard as a fellow, local Repair the World staff will happily help you in your search for housing. For more information on a particular community, please contact [email protected].  

Fellows may be eligible for loan deferment during the Fellowship term. You must request deferment directly from your loan servicer, and ultimately it is the decision of the loan servicer. We cannot guarantee loan deferment and we are unable to offer forbearance. We can provide any documentation you may need to request or secure deferment for your loans. According to the U.S. Department of Education, interest will continue to accrue on loans that are deferred.

The Fellowship offers you the opportunity to develop transferable skills, learn about the Jewish approach to social justice, and open your mind to the great variety of possible futures. What we do know is that you will leave the Fellowship with a vast array of valuable experiences, resources, skills, and connections. A vibrant community of volunteers, local service partners, and your cohort of fellows will be a beneficial network as you think about your next steps. Fellowship alumni have gone on to do many things including:

  • Enrolling in one of the 30+ graduate degree programs offered through our exclusive partnerships with more than 5 institutions.
  • Pursuing graduate degrees in law, medicine, business, and a variety of other fields.
  • Founding a company
  • Continuing to work full-time for one of their local service partners
  • Pursuing careers in the Jewish communal world and the nonprofit sector
If you are interested in being connected to admissions at any of our partner institutions or speaking with an alum, contact [email protected]

The Repair the World Fellowship is open to anyone aged 21-26 as of August 2022. Repair seeks to build a community in which all people, including people of color, Jewish or non-Jewish, individuals with disabilities, from working-class backgrounds, and transgender and gender non-conforming folks, find a supportive environment that is focused on their growth as individuals and professionals.

No, you do not need to be Jewish to become a Repair the World fellow. Repair the World is a Jewish organization that works to address the needs of all members of the community. You don’t need to be Jewish to be a Repair the World fellow. You do need to be excited about mobilizing the Jewish community to serve.  Jewish ritual and wisdom is infused into the Fellowship experience, starting with the training process. You should also be ready to explore how Jewish values, history, and customs inform our responsibility for creating a better and more just world, and you should be committed to being a part of a Jewish community during your Fellowship experience. We’re excited to work with you!

In order to be considered for the Fellowship, you must have a fully submitted application. During our recruitment season, you can begin an application and save it at any time, just make sure to click the box that says “Save my progress and resume later”. Once you do that, you’ll create a username and password, and will receive an email with a link to resume your application.    

Our priority deadline is February 6, 2023. Our final deadline is March 20, 2023.

The admissions process allows us at Repair the World to understand who you are and what is important to you.

  • The first step in the admissions process is completing and submitting an application. We will ask you to answer a video question and write a couple of short essays about your background and interests. 
  • Select candidates will be invited for a first round interview after submitting their application. First round interviews will be conducted via Zoom.
  • Candidates who move forward will then be invited to a second round interview with local staff in potential community placements (also via Zoom). Applicants may interview with more than one community at the discretion of Repair staff. In this round, applicants will be asked to prepare a short presentation for their interview.

Applicants who submit their applications by the first priority deadline, February 6, 2023, will receive an admissions decision by March 6, 2023. These applicants have a higher chance of placements in the community and/or with an issue area of choice. Applicants who submit their applications by the final deadline, March 20, 2023, will receive a decision by April 17, 2023.

Yes, you will need to submit contact information for two references. These should be individuals whom you have worked with in various contexts (do not provide peer/friend references). At least one should be an individual who has supervised you. Please only submit up to one academic reference. Upon submitting your completed application, your references will be emailed a recommendation form to complete on your behalf, so you do not need them to submit a reference before you complete your application.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept letters of recommendation. All your submitted references must complete the recommendation form on your behalf.

If you have a technical issue, please email our Fellowship Team at [email protected] and we will assist you as quickly as possible. We highly suggest submitting your application well in advance of the deadline, in the event that there are any last-minute technical errors.

Yes. Due to the nature of the volunteer work, all fellows must successfully pass a criminal background check. Having a criminal record MAY not disqualify you from being a fellow. However, felony charges or any misdemeanor charges involving minors may make you ineligible for partnerships that involve youth or young adults.

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