Eligibility and Benefits
To apply for the Wexner Field Fellowship, all eligibility requirements must be met. Applicants must:
- Be based in North America and employed full-time by a Jewish communal organization
- Have been born between March 2, 1976 and March 1, 1992 (ages 28-43 on March 1, 2020)
- Have at least five years of post-baccalaureate full-time work or volunteer experience and have been employed full-time at their current organization for at least one year by March 1, 2020
- Be a citizen of the United States, Canada or Mexico, or have documentation that allows them to work in that country
- Receive the written support of the Executive Director and Board President of their current organization for full participation in the Fellowship Program (a letter of support will be provided for those invited to complete the full application, and if the applicant is the Executive Director, they should still get the Board President's signature)
All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply, irrespective of denominational affiliation, gender, racial or ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation.
If you are not eligible to apply this year, please click here to be notified when the application opens for Class 5 in 2020.
If you are in your first year of full-time graduate school or applying to study full-time in the upcoming summer or fall, you may be eligible for the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program.
If you have applied to any of The Wexner Foundation’s programs in the past, you are welcome to re-apply with an entirely new application. Because we are creating a cohort, each applicant pool results in different selections and re-applications are considered independently from past applications. If you have previously applied to the Wexner Field Fellowship, we recommend waiting a year or two so that your application presents a slightly different profile.
Benefits and Expectations
- Participate in all Fellowship-sponsored programs totaling approximately eight days of travel (six business days) per year for three years and ensure that there will be no conflicts with these programs. Fellows will attend two Institutes annually (a Spring Institute around March and a Fall Institute around September). Fellows may be invited to a 24- hour capstone experience during the last year of the Fellowship.
- Commit to work full-time at a North American Jewish communal organization for all three years of the Fellowship Program and three years beyond (six years total).
- Select a professional coach from a roster of approved professional coaches to work with one-on-one on an ongoing basis. The coach will partner with Field Fellows and will meet 15-20 times a year for three years to help them reach their potential.
- Work with a Jewish educator 12-15 times a year for three years to help expand their Jewish understanding based on their unique needs or participate in an immersive experience for the equivalent amount of time.
- Benefit from access to a pool of funds (approximately $5,000 per fellow per year) for additional learning and growth. These funds can be used on Foundation-approved professional development opportunities and associated travel and accommodations. Field Fellows will be reimbursed for these expenses.
- Must submit a W-9 that has been signed and dated in the current year to The Wexner Foundation after they have been accepted. The Wexner Foundation cannot give tax advice. Some professional development opportunities which are reimbursed may incur taxes.
For questions regarding the Field Fellowship, please contact Dara Katzner. Please note there are no exceptions to the eligibility requirements listed above. A new cohort will be selected each year, so you may be eligible to apply in the future if you are not currently eligible.
The Class 4 application is now open. Please visit the apply page to learn more.
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