The Ronald S. Lauder Fellowship Program - World Jewish Congress

Engaging Jewish youth to face tomorrow's challenges

About the Fellowship

The Ronald S. Lauder Fellowship is an international network of top Jewish student leaders seeking to represent and advocate on behalf of the global Jewish community on campus. Ronald S. Lauder Fellows are driven, with interest in the field of public diplomacy, politics, communications, and other relevant fields.

Lauder Fellows will receive leadership training, priority access to high-level speakers within WJC’s global network, access to insider events at the United Nations and other international bodies, internship opportunities, and other World Jewish Congress resources.

The Ronald S. Lauder Fellowship runs one calendar year, beginning in August. Over the course of the Fellowship, students are brought to New York City and taken on a trip to Europe for leadership training and high-level meetings. While on campus and within their local Jewish student community, Fellows create a personalized work plan, based on local issues, which they implement with the support, guidance, and resources of the World Jewish Congress.

Learn about Ambassador Lauder and his work here.

Meet the 2021-2022 Fellows

Meet our previous Ronald S. Lauder Fellows

Our Fellow’s Accomplishments

The Israel Summit | Aidan Golub

WJC Ronald S. Lauder Fellow Aidan Golub served as the Executive Director of the Israel Summit, an international movement dedicated to shifting the conversation surrounding Israel on college campuses across the globe.



  • Current enrollment in an institution of higher education or member of a Jewish student union.
  • Demonstrated leadership capacity
  • Two references
  • Your CV & cover letter
  • A 1-year commitment

This Fellowship is a global initiative. Students from all countries worldwide are encouraged to apply.


Learn more about what WJC has to offer on-campus here.
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"I would recommend the Ronald S. Lauder Fellowship to young Jewish leaders that want to leave a mark on their community. The Fellowship gives you the opportunity to meet and engage with other activists from all around the world, and create connections between countries and continents."


Caterina Cognini

Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy)

"WJC has made me a better leader on my campus and beyond. This fellowship has equipped me with knowledge and skills, mentors, and a network of other passionate students—with whom I’ve collaborated on international initiatives."


Zachary Milewicz

Washington University in St. Louis (USA)

“The Ronald S. Lauder Fellowship has been an unparalleled experience, and it has enabled and empowered me to create effective change at Yeshiva University. As a fellow, I co-founded a student-led think tank with another YU student, and together, we have created a space for students to learn, debate, and tackle the pressing questions facing world Jewry. This never would have been possible without WJC; this fellowship is a blessing that keeps on giving.”


Sruli Fruchter

Yeshiva University (USA)

"Having been a part of a community, along with other Jewish students, sharing a mission to enhance Jewish life around the world, is something that I will cherish forever. The Ronald S Lauder Fellowship brings the brightest and best Jewish students from around the world to take part in this shared mission. I am so grateful to have been part of that goal."


Jake Benyowitz

Yeshiva University (USA)

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