Participating in the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program is a lifelong fellowship devoted to leadership growth begining with a four year leadership learning program for those in graduate school programs designed to train them to become Jewish professional leaders. Any eligible person is encouraged to apply. See "Application and Instructions" section for eligibility requirements.
In addition to financial assistance toward graduate study, fellows become part of a diverse professional community that encourages learning about one’s self as a leader though interactions with others with different points of view. Fellows engage with expert faculty members in the field of leadership education and expert scholars in Jewish studies. Being part of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program extends well beyond the 4-year leadership program. Our extensive alumni network serves as a professional community throughout fellows’ careers.
The Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program was established in 1988 by The Wexner Foundation to encourage promising candidates to successfully meet the challenges of professional Jewish leadership in the North American Jewish community. Wexner Graduate Fellowships are awarded to 20 outstanding individuals who seek to prepare themselves through graduate training for careers in the Cantorate, Jewish Education, Jewish Professional Leadership, Jewish Studies, and the Rabbinate.
In 2005, Leslie and Abigail Wexner launched an exciting philanthropic partnership with William z"l and Karen Davidson. This new partnership established an annual cohort of 10 Davidson Scholars as part of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Owing to this collaboration, 10 fellows in each new fellowship class will be selected in the career areas of Jewish education and Jewish communal leadership. This fully integrated cohort within the fellowship will be designated as Davidson Scholars.*
In addition to financial awards, all Wexner Graduate Fellows are required to participate in Foundation sponsored, interdisciplinary institutes and programs. The purpose of these programs is to build a cohesive community of Fellows while enhancing the leadership skills of each individual Fellow. The Foundation conducts two required institutes for Fellows each year for four years regardless of the length of funding; one in late summer and one in January and a five day retreat over Shabbat in November of the third year of the fellowship. All Fellows are afforded unique opportunities for ongoing interaction with outstanding Jewish leaders and for extensive interchange with each other. Fellows participate in an experience which has proven to be of enduring benefit. Our Fellows receive leadership training, peer support, professional mentoring, and networking across career choices and denominational affiliations, both during school and throughout their lives.
Wexner Graduate Fellowships are granted to exceptional candidates who have a strong personal commitment to the Jewish community, who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, and who possess the potential to assume significant professional leadership roles in the North American Jewish Community.
Or Mars is the Director of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program. He can be reached at email@example.com.