Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply to the summer fellowship?
The program is open to current college students and recent college graduates, 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?
Early Decision: December 1, 2019, hear back by January 6, 2020
Regular Decision: February 16, 2020, hear back by April 3, 2020
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.
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!
Can I apply to the summer fellowship and the two-week summer seminars?
Yes. On your application, you will indicate which programs you are interested in being considered for. You can indicate as many two-week seminars as you want as well as the summer fellowship. The application requirements are the same with one exception—Summer Fellowship applicants have one additional essay question to fill out.
What kind of programming will be offered on Shabbat?
Classes will end around lunch on Friday and the weekend will be free. For the first Shabbat, Tikvah will hold a retreat in order to facilitate deeper and more immersive conversation on the modern Jewish condition, and to allow the new cohort to get to know one another in a warm social setting.
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 $4,000 stipend. The stipend is designed to offset housing costs and other incidental expenses. 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.