IsraAID Humanitarian Fellows Application

For 18 years, IsraAID has been assisting people all over the world overcome extreme crises and has provided millions with the vital support needed to move from destruction to reconstruction, and eventually, to sustainable living. The IsraAID Humanitarian Fellowship program offers an opportunity to learn first-hand about humanitarian aid and disaster response, while making a real contribution to populations recovering from humanitarian crises and develop professionally in the field.

The 3rd Fellowship commences with practical and professional preparation towards a 2-month summer immersive field work opportunity in one of IsraAID’s ongoing international field projects. Fellows would have the opportunity to be involved in one of our ongoing programs that range from supporting Syrian refugees, helping victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Dominica or taking part in one of our longer-term projects in Kenya or the Philippines. All applicants must be available for deployment from early June to Late August 2019, and be committed for the full academic year of engagement starting March 1st 2019. In addition, a mandatory weekend seminar will be held the weekend of June 1st 2019.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Enrolled in an American University or Canadian University
  • Rising Sophomore or Juniors (Exceptions made for exceptional Freshman)
  • Proven interest and/or experience in the field of social justice, public and global health, international development or humanitarian aid. Related work/experience in one of the sectors of our projects.

Program Dates

August 24th, 2018 - Applications open

Feb 14th, 2019 - Application close (from 1/31 applications would be reviewed on a rolling basis)

Mar 1st, 2019 - Fellows are selected and matched

Mar-May 2019 - Professional development, logistics and deployment preparation

June 1-3, 2019 - Opening seminar

Jun-August - Placement

Beginning October - Concluding seminar

Oct-June 2019-2020 speaking engagements

Prior and following the summer placement, participants serve as Fellows at their respective campuses and communities where they will host educational, awareness, and fundraising events. The events will raise awareness on the Fellow's specific project, as well as IsraAID’s programs more globally. Each fellow will be expected to raise funds for the specific field project they worked on during the summer. All costs of the summer program including flights and living accommodations will be covered by IsraAID.

To learn more about IsraAID's global work, please visit For specific questions on the fellowship, contact the Fellowship team at [email protected]

*Please note that this is a highly competitive program and we regret that we cannot accept all qualified applicants. However, as part of the application, please mark if you'd like to support IsraAID in campus and local events, and become part of our US national roster*


Emmy Fellowship 18’ - “If you had told my 16 year old self sitting in my first writing workshop or running a BBYO Jewish Sisterhood program, that one day I would be leading my own poetry and women’s empowerment workshops across the Pacific Ocean - I may not have believed you. I am so grateful for these opportunities and I would like to thank IsraAID and our donors for the generous support in making this fellowship possible.”

Sam Fellowship 18’ - “After years of studying economic development, this fellowship granted me the unparalleled opportunity to assist in the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of the HoneyAID economic empowerment program here in the Philippines. This fellowship is an incredible opportunity for students like myself interested in pursuing a career in International Development and Poverty Alleviation. This first month in the Philippines, while challenging, has been transformative and gratifying. Thank you very much for your generous donation that makes this experience possible.

Hillel Fellowship 17’- My summer in Lesvos has consisted of many small projects, including documentation, assisting with youth groups and child care in one of the local refugee camps, and various administrative tasks to support the IsraAID team here. One of the big projects I worked on was overseeing the logistics for an intensive 10-day theater workshop run by IsraAID for unaccompanied youth. The workshop culminated in a performance for the local community and showcased the scenes that the youth had written and produced together that were based on their own personal stories. It was a very meaningful experience for me to gain a glimpse into these teenagers’ personal lives through the lens of theater, and it was even more meaningful to develop into a sort of big brother figure for some of them.”

Jake Fellowship 17’- IsraAID’s projects here are locally-based and sustainable, and we are using Israeli expertise to assist communities with creating practical solutions that can continue after IsraAID leaves. The people in Nepal are also incredible. They’ve had their homes destroyed by an earthquake but they still refuse to eat until the aid workers have eaten. They consider the aid workers to be their guests. I will always remember what it feels like to work with IsraAID in Nepal and I hope that If I ever work in development elsewhere that the experience will be just as positive.”

Read more from our Fellows experience:

Emmy Roday, Philippines
Isabella Olive, Vanuatu
Ari  Berman, Dominica
Hillel Zand, Lesbos Greece
Neil Schwartz, Kenya

Co Sponsored by:

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