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. Ronald S. Lauder Fellows typically have an interest in the subject areas of public diplomacy, politics, communications, and other relevant fields.

Throughout the fellowship, Lauder Fellows will receive leadership training with top World Jewish Congress leaders and experts, as well as priority access to high-level speakers within WJC’s global network. Fellows will also have an opportunity to gain access to insider events at the United Nations and other international bodies, internship opportunities, and other World Jewish Congress resources.

This Fellowship caters to university students or individuals connected to Jewish Student Unions, aged 18-26.

The Ronald S. Lauder Fellowship runs for one calendar year, beginning in August. The Fellowship kicks off with a seminar in New York where the cohort gets the chance to meet their peers, hear from top WJC experts, and plan out their personalized work plan. Over the course of the year, Fellows work on their personalized work plan which are programs they implement to support their local community or college campus with the guidance and resources of the World Jewish Congress. At the end of the year, Fellows are taken to Europe for a high-level Diplomacy Summit to meet with various community leaders, attend diplomatic meetings, and present their work plan to their peers.

By applying to the Ronald S. Lauder Fellowship, an individual commits to the following:

  1. Attending a three-day seminar in New York City (early-mid August)
  2. Completing their individualized work plan, which is built by each individual Fellow. This is not a full-time job, rather it runs parallel with a student’s academic and extracurricular commitments.
  3. Attending a virtual session once every 6-8 weeks for approximately one hour.
  4. Attending the Diplomacy Summit in Europe at the completion of the Fellowship (late May-June)

*This Fellowship is not an internship with the World Jewish Congress and is not a paid opportunity.

Applications for our 2022-2023 Cohort are closed. 

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.

Application

Requirements

  • 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.

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Testimonials

"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."

Person

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."

Person

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.”

Person

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."

Person

Jake Benyowitz

Yeshiva University (USA)

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