You’re thinking of our Service Corps, where we place program participants at non-profit placements and they live communally for a year. The Justice Fellowship is different – it’s about supporting you in your current work. No need to leave your job or pack up your bags!
The Fellowship will run January 2022 – June 2022 in Chicago and Kansas City.
Our application consists of three steps:
Step one: Fill out your basic information in the Application Request Form.
Step two: We’ll email you a full application to complete. At this time, you’ll be asked to send a reference form to two references, and to review our Covid-19 protocols and confirm you are vaccinated. The early deadline has passed and we are now accepting applications on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. We recommend applying ASAP!
Round three: Join a group interview with your city-specific Fellowship Director and other applicants.
Thanks to the generosity of several funders, the tuition needed for Fellows to participate in the program is highly subsidized. As an economic justice organization, we are also committed to offering a sliding scale model, with a scale that is based either on the Fellow’s organization’s budget or on the Fellow’s own salary/income (depending on whether the Fellow or the Fellow’s employer is paying). Since the Avodah Justice Fellowship is both a professional and personal development program, we encourage organizations to cover all or at least part of the tuition. We can provide additional documentation to help secure professional development time or funding from one’s organization if needed. We will do our best to ensure that no accepted candidates are prevented from attending due to financial reasons. Learn more here.
We define social and economic justice work as addressing a wide range of pressing local and national issues. This includes: professionals providing services to low-income individuals or groups of people, helping organize communities to fight for systemic change, serving at government offices helping constituents in need, serving as a teacher or librarian in low-income or marginalized community, serving in health clinics; working on food justice; or helping people make their workplace better. If this doesn’t sound like your day job, but you are personally involved in justice issues (through activism, organizing, art, serving as a lay leader, etc.) your work can also be defined as justice work! Take a look at previous Fellows to get a sense of the diverse profiles of our participants.
Service Corps alumni are not eligible to be Fellows, but the Fellows will be a part of the larger Avodah network. Both Fellowship and Service Corps alumni will be able to enjoy mentorship, professional development and networking opportunities through Avodah. One significant way that Service Corps alumni can shape the Fellowship is to help with recruitment! Please spread the word in your networks and to colleagues, friends, and work contacts you think would make great members of the Fellowship.
The Justice Fellowship will be in-person for the 2022 program year as local ordinances allow. We are currently finalizing our risk-mitigation protocols in consultation with our medical advisors. All Fellows must have received two dosages of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or one dosage of the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine, as well as any boosters that they are eligible for at least two weeks before the start of the Fellowship. We will be updating this page soon with more information about our protocols – please stay tuned or reach out to our Recruitment Director at [email protected] if you’d like to discuss!
Yes! The Justice Fellowship will definitely resume in New York, it’s just a question of when – stay tuned for it’s return in 2022/2023. You can still sign up to be notified when it launches here.