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The Fellowship for Emerging Leaders

Are you a student leader invested in exploring the complexity of Black American and Jewish American history and identity? Are you hoping to build bridges across difference to create a better world? The Fellowship for Emerging Leaders is a year-long opportunity for college students who identify as Black and/or Jewish, and who are interested in an immersive opportunity to build community while studying Black and Jewish identities, experiences in America, and pursuits for social justice.  The fellowship integrates rigorous academic study, experiential learning, social entrepreneurial training and leadership development. As a fellow, you will be immersed in the historical and contemporary experiences of both communities, build effective alliances and gain the skills to lead efforts towards the healing and repair of our society.


  • Three In-Person Gatherings (required, all expenses paid) 
    • Opening Retreat: September 13-15, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA (concurrent with The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities 2024 Conference)
    • Mid-year Retreat, MLK Weekend:  January 17 - 20, 2025 in Washington, DC 
    • Closing Retreat:  Spring 2025 in Philadelphia, PA (dates TBD based on fellows’ schedules) 
  • Online Seminars Sept. 2024-April 2025 
    • Monthly seminars (required): Fellows will participate in monthly seminars on Black American and Jewish American identity, history and social movements featuring scholars, higher education leaders, government leaders, and community-based social justice advocates. Fellows will have the option of completing it as a course for three credits via Gratz College. 

  • Internship Summer 2025 (optional) 
    Fellows will have the option of taking on a stipended summer internship with an organization rooted in the Black, Jewish, or Black Jewish communities, working with a mentor on a project that furthers Black Jewish bridgebuilding and/or social change efforts 



  • Explore the complexity of Black American and Jewish American history and identity, and study the history of Black and Jewish alliances for social justice
  • Build deep, ongoing relationships with other student leaders with similar interests
  • Engage directly with eminent scholars, higher education leaders, government leaders, and community-based social justice advocates
  • Learn on-site at the African American History Museum in Washington, DC, the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and others
  • Develop what social justice leadership looks like for you
  • $1,500.00 stipend
  • Opportunity for a paid internship during summer 2025
  • All transportation, housing, meal costs and site visits for in-person gatherings are arranged and covered by the program
  • Costs for the online seminar and course for college-credit are covered by the program

Who are the Fellows and how are they selected?

  • Fellows are rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors who identify as Black, Jewish, or Black and Jewish.
  • Fellows are student leaders attending HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) or Hillel-affiliated student leaders, all of whom demonstrate leadership, intellectual curiosity, and strong academic achievement.
  • A committee reviews applications, conducts candidate interviews, selects and notifies a cohort of 8-12 students.

Application Process:

  • Eligible, interested students should submit an online application by May 31, 2024.  Application Deadline Extended to June 7, 2024.
  • Fellows will be selected by June 14, 2024
  • Contact Naomi Housman at with any questions.


The Fellowship is led by a partnership of Gratz College, the United Negro College Fund, Hillel International, and Black and Jewish Leaders of Tomorrow, with support from The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, which serves as both a core partner and seed funder.

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