Undergraduate Fellows Program

undergraduate fellows program

We are no longer accepting applications for the Spring 2024 semester. Please check back in the fall to apply.

About the Undergraduate Fellows Program

The Undergraduate Fellow Program puts into practice the driving mission of the Helen Diller Institute — to educate students as future leaders by introducing them to the breadth and complexity of Israel and Jewish topics and exposing them to world-class thinkers and ideas. Any student interested in studying Israel and contemporary Jewish issues in a rigorous, academic setting is welcome to apply. During their time in the fellowship, students create robust academic programming around topics of their choice while working closely with professors, lecturers, and researchers in an intimate and casual setting. Fellows attend regular workshops focused on professional development topics and work closely with a mentor from the Institute’s community of fellowship alumni.  


What is the time commitment?

We expect our fellows to come to weekly cohort meetings, which are usually one and a half to two hours in length. At times, fellows will be expected to attend Helen Diller Institute lectures and colloquia, or participate in events with speakers and donors. 

Do I need to be Jewish to apply? 

Absolutely not! The Helen Diller Institute is committed to bringing students from a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences to the Fellows Program. The only thing you need to apply is an interest in Israel or Jewish studies. 

What can I expect from a fellowship meeting?

The types of meetings include: coffee hours with the Helen Diller Institute’s visiting faculty from Israel on a subject within their areas of expertise, interactive professional development and career building workshops, intimate conversations with a guest speaker who is giving a public talk at the Institute, or social events such as a museum tour, botanical gardens trip, or team building exercise.

Is this opportunity paid?

Fellows received a $500 stipend per semester for participating in the program. 

How do I apply? 

Please send a resume and cover letter to Matthew Gordan, the Institute’s Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Programs, at mgordan@berkeley.edu. Applications are accepted during the first four weeks of the fall and spring semesters. If you have missed the window, please consider applying the next time applications open.