For Students

  • How is JLF different from other programs?

    JLF is run by Hillel International, in partnership with local campuses and communities. Our educators bring to bear a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds, experiences, and philosophies. Some of them are rabbis. You can earn a scholarship for participating in JLF, if you like. We are also a pluralistic, non-denominational project. We do not believe there is “one right way to be Jewish.” We also have a cooler looking logo. 

  • What do I have to do to earn the $300 scholarship?

    It’s only about the money for you, huh? To receive the $300 you must (1) Attend all ten sessions on time and attentively, and (2) Attend a Shabbat evening experience.

  • Who is eligible to apply for the fellowship?

    Since most JLF seminars meet at a local campus Hillel, eligible applicants are currently enrolled as undergraduate students at that university or one of its affiliates. While JLF is a program rooted in Jewish study and in Jewish community, we do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

  • But I'm so busy.

    JLF meets once a week, for 10 weeks, for an hour and a half. And we feed you. You have to eat sometime, right? Additionally, to make it worth your while, you should know that Fellows earn a $300 scholarship at the end of the semester.

  • How many fellows are there?

    Each seminar will have 20-25 fellows.

  • Do I have to wear a black hat or grow a beard to participate?

    Uh, we usually wear jeans, but you do you.

  • How do I apply?

    Applications will generally be available twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Click here, then select your campus or location to find the application and deadlines for the seminar close to you! Once you complete the brief application, you may be invited in for an interview.

General

  • How can I support JLF?

    Thank you for your vote of confidence in what we do! If you are able to make a financial contribution, we would be honored by your support of JLF broadly, or by your support of JLF at a particular campus. Please contact us so we can help direct your gift.

  • How is JLF different from other programs?

    JLF is run by Hillel International’s Office of Innovation, in partnership with local campuses. Our educators bring to bear a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds, experiences, and philosophies. Some of them are rabbis. We are a pluralistic, non-denominational project. We do not believe there is “one right way to be Jewish.” We also have a cooler looking logo!

  • Can I get a copy of your curriculum?

    We share our curriculum with our Hillel partners. Interested in partnering with us? Please be in touch!

  • Why do you offer a scholarship?

    At the end of JLF, fellows can earn a $300 scholarship for their participation, which serves as an honorarium. Participation in JLF is a prestigious and coveted experience — applicants are interviewed for a limited number of spots in our seminars. Because most JLF fellows are students, we know they could be spending their weekday evenings doing many other things, including working a part-time job or taking a paid internship. We want to honor our fellows’ commitment to the program.