Israel-Asia Leadership Fellowship: FAQs

The Israel-Asia Center is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to building a shared future between Israel and Asia.
We develop and invest in the future leaders of Israel-Asia relations, and are growing dynamic networks to maximize their continued engagement and build new paradigms of cooperation.


Applications open on May 7, 2017. The deadline for applications is July 14, 2017. [Update: We will continue to accept applications until July 30, 2017.] Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee. Candidates who advance through to the second stage of the application process will be interviewed. Candidates who are already in Israel will be interviewed in person. Candidates who are not yet in Israel will be interviewed over Skype. The final selection of candidates will be made in August 2017.  Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email.

All fellows must develop a practical project through the course of the fellowship that promotes Israel-Asia relations in their chosen fields and which enables them to expand their contacts network and knowledge of operating in Israel. The choice of project is the choice of each fellow (subject to approval by the program director), and fellows will receive guidance, advice and professional mentors to help them develop their projects. Projects can be completed during the fellowship or take the form of longer-term initiatives that can be initiated during the fellowship and continued after the fellowship.

Examples of projects developed by past fellows include:

  • An event to promote Israel-India cybersecurity cooperation
  • An event to promote Israel-India trade relations
  • A series of interviews with Israeli innovation and business leaders published in Korea’s leading business daily
  • A blog in Korean on Israeli innovation and technology
  • An online platform to promote ideas-share and cooperation between Israeli and Indian NGOs
  • A Japanese pop culture event and film screening at Haifa Cinematheque
  • A series of documentary shorts to mark 50 years of Israel-Korea relations
  • Coordination of launch events for the Israel Research Center at Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences
  • Publication and launch of Start-Up Nation book in Indonesian
  • Deals connecting / facilitating investment by Asian investors to Israeli technologies / start-ups
  • Designing strategic programs for Israeli government ministries to strgnthen Israel-Asia economic cooperation
  • Connecting Israeli health professionals to hospitals in China as part of a medical exchange program

Yes, we do accept a limited number of Israeli students. Applications to the 2017-18 program open May 7, 2017. For more details, see Applications Process.

October – January: Mandatory fellowship activities are held two-three Sundays a month. Additional optional activities are coordinated for the fellows during the year which are not mandatory. Fellowship activities will not be scheduled during students’ university exam periods.
February – June: Each fellow is required to develop a project during the year that promotes Israel-Asia relations in their field of choice. This time should be dedicated to developing that project. There will be additional meetings taking place on some Sundays (approx. once a month). A final event will be held at the end of the program.

The fellowship program is funded by donors and corporate sponsors. The only cost to successful candidates is a nominal acceptance fee of $350 – payable on acceptance to the program. Please see Application Process for more details.

No. This is a part-time fellowship for students already enrolled on a program of higher education in Israel. Accommodation should be arranged via your university or college.

No. This is not a scholarship. The program provides 8-months of leadership training and high-level professional development through seminars, field trips, skills workshops, mentors, one-on-one coaching, events/conferences, projects and contacts development. The cost of the program is covered by the Israel-Asia Center’s supporters. Fellows just need to pay a non-refundable $350 acceptance fee once accepted to the program.

Yes. Due to the large number of applications we received last year, regrettably we were unable to accept many good applicants onto the program. If you applied last year or in a previous year but your application was unsuccessful, we welcome you to apply again this year.

Students applying for the Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship should be studying on a program of higher education in Israel during the duration of the fellowship (meaning at least 2 semesters: Fall Semester 2017 and Spring Semester 2018), and have a valid student visa for this time. Programs could include but are not limited to:

  • Bachelors programs
  • Graduate Programs
  • Exchange Programs
  • Special 1-year programs
  • PhD and Post-doctorate programs

We are seeking candidates from a variety of fields. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Business Studies/MBA/Management/Entrepreneurship
  • Non-Profit Management
  • International Development Studies
  • Environmental Science/Cleantech
  • Political Science/Middle Eastern Studies
  • Economics
  • Science & Technology
  • Agriculture
  • Bible/Jewish Studies/Hebrew
  • Communications/Media/Journalism
  • Disaster Management/Public Health
  • Law

Students from other fields are also encouraged to apply.

For Israeli applicants, preference will be given to students from the fields of Asian studies, business/economics and international relations.

Priority is given to students from the following countries:

China (includes Hong Kong and Macau), India, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines.

However, students from other countries in Asia will also be considered.

The program is conducted in English. Candidates should have an excellent command of spoken English, and be able to communicate at a high level.

The program begins with a two-day orientation, October 9-10, 2017, in Jerusalem. Participation is mandatory for all fellows. Fellows must make sure to arrive in Israel no later than October 8, 2017. Overnight accommodation in Jerusalem will be provided for those traveling from outside the city.