Undergraduate Fellows Program

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The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies Calls for Applications for their Undergraduate Fellowship.

The Berkeley Institute invites UC Berkeley undergraduate students to apply for the BIJLIS Undergraduate Fellowship. Undergraduate Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with the Institute’s work through academic engagement, professional development, and community-outreach. The fellowship position is offered for one year with a possibility of extension, and fellows receive a $500 stipend per semester.

About the Institute

The Institute houses two core programs: The Program on Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity and The Program on Israel Studies. Together the Institute’s programs promote student and faculty engagement by developing opportunities for research, programming, and mentorship; by bringing visiting faculty and scholars to UC Berkeley; and by organizing colloquia, programs, and classes to strengthen academic inquiry and discourse across the Berkeley campus.

Tasks & Responsibilities

The fellowship consists of three components: Academic Engagement, professional development, and mentorship.

1. Academic Engagement: Fellows are given the opportunity to engage on topical issues in Jewish and Israel Studies from an academic perspective. In addition to a learning component of fellowship meetings, Berkeley Institute fellows will have the opportunity to engage with professors, lecturers, and researchers in various contexts, and collaborate with the Institute to initiate student-focused academic programming.

2. Professional Development: Student fellows craft individualized plans for professional growth. Fellows gain skills in digital marketing, event production, public speaking, research, program administration, and more. Fellows shape their own experience based on their areas of interest, and attend four skill-building workshops in the course of the year.

3. Mentorship: Mentorship is a key component of the fellowship, and provides the opportunity for students to receive guidance and support on reaching their goals at UC Berkeley and in their post-college endeavors. Each fellow will be connected to an alumni mentor, as well as a faculty mentor at the beginning of the academic year.

To Apply

The deadline to apply is December 6th, 2019. To apply, please submit a current resume and cover letter via email to mshemtov@law.berkeley.edu.

The Berkeley Institute is committed to building an inclusive community and strongly encourages applications for the program from diverse and underrepresented communities.