Applications for the 2013-2014 Shapiro Family Fellowship is now closed. Please check back in August 2013 for information about applying for the 2014-2015 Fellowship class.
What is the goal of the Shapiro Family Fellowship?
The Shapiro Family Fellowship is all about conversations. The goal of the fellowship is to create a New York-based community of young Jews who are passionate about deepening their connections to Israel, to the Jewish people and to each other.
What does the Shapiro Family Fellowship include?
Each fellowship includes:
- A fully paid 10-day trip to Israel, featuring exclusive meetings with Israeli professionals and experts in the fellows' chosen careers, as well as other leaders;
- Participation in yearlong programming to be held in the New York area throughout the fellowship year as well as connection to the UJA-Federation of New York young leadership community;
- Access to the growing community and network of Shapiro Family Fellows, mentors and peers.
What if I have another question?
Please contact us, and we'll get back to you with an answer.
When is the trip to Israel?
Travel dates for the 6th Class of Shapiro Fellows are June 25 through July 7, 2012. Flights depart from and return to airports in the New York metropolitan area.
What is the professional connections part all about?
One piece of the Israel experience is an opportunity for each fellow to be matcheed with a professional connection in their field of their choosing. During this part of the trip, each fellow is matched with senior Israeli professionals and innovators who work in the same field. In the past, Shapiro Fellows have met with Partners in global law firms, major hi-tech companies, supreme court judges, members of Knesset, prominent authors, editors of newspapers and much more.
What's the itinerary?
We will custom-design the itinerary to reflect the professional interests and aspirations of the Fellows. Fellows will have the opportunity to meet with outstanding Israeli professionals in their chosen fields. Fellows will also engage with peers, professionals and local residents who represent a wide-spectrum of political views, religious beliefs and personal narratives.
The itinerary will also include meetings with Israeli politicians, musicians, entrepreneurs, and dignitaries, and visits to important Israeli landmarks, from the most famous sites to the most obscure. We'll spend time in several different parts of Israel to gain appreciation of the country's diverse landscape.
What costs are covered?
All costs for the Shapiro Family Fellowship, including fees and travel expenses, are covered. All fellows must depart together from NYC.
Is the trip Shabbat Observant and Strictly Kosher?
Yes. The Shapiro Family Fellowship is Shabbat Observant and Strictly Kosher.
The application for the 6th Class of the Shapiro Family Fellowship is now closed.
Who is eligible for this fellowship?
Fellowships will be awarded to selected individuals aged 22-28 who currently live in the greater New York metropolitan area. Fellows must have either a permanent address in the New York metropolitan area, or must currently be studying and/or working in the New York metropolitan area. Have an interest in deepening your knowledge and understanding of Israeli society, politics and culture.
When is my application due?
Check back for more information for the 2014-2015 application.
How many fellowships are awarded?
For the 2013-2014 class, fourteen fellowships were awarded.
Is an interview required?
There are no pre-application interviews, but the Shapiro Family Fellowship Selection Committee will interview all finalists in January in New York City. Interviews take place annually in February.
What are my requirements if selected as a Fellow?
The fellowship requires mandatory participation in the complete Israel trip program. In addition, fellows are required to participate 4 pre-trip meetings and the yearlong programming after the trip. All pre and post events will all take place in the New York metropolitan area.