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Wexner Graduate Fellowship

Leadership development for Jewish communal professionals in graduate schools and the field

Eligibility, Awards and Expectations

Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible to apply for the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, a candidate must be:

• Entering the first or second year of a full-time degree granting graduate program starting in the Summer or Fall of 2016, based in North America, that will allow him/her to pursue a career as a professional Jewish leader in North America.

• A citizen of the United States, Canada, or Mexico, or have documentation that allows him/her to study and to work in that country.

• Between the ages of 21 and 40 upon entering a graduate program.

All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply, irrespective of denominational affiliation, gender, racial or ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation. Please note that the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program honors the admissions policies of participating educational institutions.

Individuals who have previously applied for the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program may reapply for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Foundation does not encourage former applicants to re-apply unless they feel certain that a new application will present a significantly different profile of their skills and potential than the previous application. Please keep in mind that being accepted as a re-applicant is extremely uncommon.

Re-applicants are required to submit an entirely new application, including new letters of recommendation, as well as an additional statement describing the candidate's most recent activities (e.g., additional education, employment, and volunteer work). This additional statement is required and will be included as an additional essay question in the overall application. If you have attended a graduate program since your last application, you will need to submit a transcript from that program and a letter of recommendation from an academic advisor or instructor from that program. Re-applicants should note that former applicants who may have been finalists will not automatically be granted the same status.

Jewish Studies Applicants

If you are applying in the field of Jewish Studies, please see the Guidelines for Jewish Studies Applicants page.

To Apply

Visit the "Apply" link on the left or click here to begin an eligibility form.

Awards and Expectations

• Wexner Graduate Fellows and Davidson Scholars pursuing careers in the Rabbinate, Cantorate, Jewish Professional Leadership, and Jewish Education will be awarded up to $30,000 each year for a two-year term with the possibility to renew for a third year. (Fellows and Scholars who are receiving funding through Jim Joseph Foundation-sponsored initiatives as part of their graduate programs will receive $20,000 per year.)

• Wexner Graduate Fellows pursuing careers in Jewish Studies will be expected to secure funding through their graduate programs (generally from the university itself) and will, in addition, receive $10,000 annually from the Foundation. Fellowships are granted for full-time graduate study in qualifying academic programs. They are granted for up to three years. Each year of funding is contingent upon evidence of satisfactory academic achievement and Fellowship participation.

• Wexner Graduate Fellows/Davidson Scholars will commit to participate in all fellowship-sponsored programs and institutes, as explained on the Educational Overview page.