Who is eligible to apply to the Summer Fellowship?
The program is open to current college students and recent college graduates (up to two years post graduation,) from anywhere in the world, who are interested in moral, social, political, or strategic thought. College-age Jews of all backgrounds and denominations are invited to apply, as well as non-Jews with a strong interest and background in Judaism of some form.
When is the deadline for applications?
Our early application deadline is February 11th, 2024.
We encourage you to submit your summer fellowship application early. This gives us a few months in the late winter and spring to develop your research project or internship.
What will make my summer fellowship project proposal strong?
- What does the final product look like and who would be an ideal audience for it?
- What puts you in a good position to do this work?
- Are there individuals who you would want to work with on this project?
- What good will it do for flourishing of the Jewish community and/or America?
Can alumni of other Tikvah programs apply?
Yes. And please be in touch with our college programs staff directly if you have not already to let us know you are applying!
What will the basic financial, room, and board arrangements be?
The program is fully subsidized by the Tikvah Fund, including lunches and some other weekday meals, tuition, books, and a stipend of up to $5,500. Each Fellow receives $4,000 minimum. Those who need to pay for housing in NYC receive an additional $1,500. It will be the responsibility of the participants themselves to secure their own housing.
What will the basic religious arrangements be?
The entire program will be conducted with respect for Jewish observance, including Kosher meals to the highest standards.
What is the Tikvah Fund?
The Tikvah Fund is a private philanthropic foundation based in New York. Its mission is to promote serious Jewish thought about the enduring questions of human life and the pressing challenges that confront the Jewish people. Tikvah supports many programs, projects, and individuals, including books, publications, and seminars. Tikvah’s work is grounded in these fundamental convictions: that the great ideas, texts, and traditions of Judaism are a special inheritance, with much to teach everyone in search of wisdom about the human condition; and that the fate of the Jewish people greatly depends on the education of intellectual, religious, and political leaders, both within and outside Israel.
Does Tikvah have a particular worldview?
Yes. Tikvah is politically Zionist, economically free-market oriented, culturally traditional, and theologically open-minded. That said, we recognize that there is a time for reflection and a time for action. There is a time to ask big, open-ended questions and a time to hold fast to certain principles to confront a crisis or a dilemma. The Tikvah Summer Fellowship will dedicate much of its time to open discourse and respectful seminars on the fundamental questions of human life, family, power, and economics. There will also be time devoted to applying the most compelling ideas to present-day circumstances.
Associate Director, University Programs