The René Cassin – AJA Fellowship Programme (RCFP) provides individuals with the knowledge, skills and contacts needed to enhance their activism in the areas of social justice and human rights.
We engage with Jewish visions for a just society, and bring together a cohort of exceptional professionals to explore human rights issues through a unique Jewish lens.
About the programme
The ten-month Fellowship Programme has three main components. The first is a series of knowledge based sessions concentrating on current issues such as slavery, human rights protections and asylum. This process will be facilitated by leading human rights activists and communal leaders.
Then, in May, Fellows will participate in a five-day study tour to Budapest, to learn about the human rights situation in Hungary and meet and learn from Jewish and Romani activists. For more information about the Budapest study tour, click here to read our 2018 Fellows’ reflections on the trip.
After the trip, the remaining sessions will focus on providing Fellows with the tools to create change. Using a variety of techniques Fellows will look at how to achieve change through strategy, learn about the workings of Parliament and develop skills in public speaking and messaging.
Fellows will be expected to utilise the knowledge and skills gained to lead on a campaign or project that is related to the work of René Cassin. Fellows will have 12 months of support from the René Cassin staff from the end of the programme to work on their social justice campaigns.
Are you eligible?
The RCFP has no fixed age limit and the cohort benefits from a real mixture of age and experience. If you are interested in increasing your knowledge of human rights and Jewish visions of a just society, the RCFP is right for you. You will emerge equipped with the skills, knowledge, passion and contacts to become a leader with René Cassin in the human rights and social justice arena.
The ideal candidate
To be a René Cassin Fellow, you must be able to get to London for the nine monthly evening sessions and attend the five-day study trip in May, show a passion for social issues and be interested and open to explore those issues through the lens of Jewish values. You must also be able to undertake a social justice project in the months following the end of the programme. Provisional dates are below:
Session One – 29th January
Session Two – 26th February
Session Three – 26th March
Session Four – 30th April
Session Five – 14th May
Trip: 23th – 27th May (over Bank Holiday weekend)
Session Six – 25th June
Session Seven – 16th July
Session Eight – 24th September
Session Nine – 29th October
Fellows are expected to pay a £300 programme fee and an equivalent deposit. The deposit will be returned to you upon full completion of the Programme. The programme fee covers flights and accommodation for the Budapest trip as well as the monthly sessions.
If you are unable to bear these costs, please let us know when you return the below application form and we can discuss monthly instalment plans or other arrangements.
René Cassin is a pluralist organisation, and we welcome applicants from all levels of religious observance. If you observe Shabbat or any level of kashrut, please let us know and we will be delighted to accommodate this.
Click here to return to our main Fellowship Programme page, where you can read about our previous cohorts and their thoughts on the Programme.