The René Cassin Fellowship Program

Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014


Applications for this year’s cohort (2015/16) are now closed.

Recruitment for the next cohort will begin in Autumn 2016, follow our social media and newsletter to be the first to hear about applications opening.


The René Cassin Fellowship Program (RCFP) is a one year educational programme on Judaism and human rights. It brings together the best and brightest young professionals (ages 25-35) from the UK, United States and Israel to explore human rights through a lens of Jewish values and historical experience.

The RCFP aims to create a movement of young Jewish social activists, equipping them with the skills and passion to promote social justice and human rights both locally and globally.

The RCFP features:

  • monthly study sessions on a range of contemporary issues
  • intensive interaction between the three centres of Jewish life
  • an international study tour to Budapest
  • hands-on internships in institutions working on human rights and social justice issues

 Objectives of the RCFP

  • To deepen and broaden knowledge, understanding and engagement of Jewish visions of a just society through the study of Jewish classical and modern sources and contemporary international human rights law
  • To wrestle with the dilemmas and value-conflicts raised by the interplay of  international human rights law, Jewish tradition and the contemporary social and political reality of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. This will be achieved through the examination of examples from Israel, diaspora Jewish communities and other societies
  • To strengthen the social capital of the Jewish people by engaging socially/politically active young Jews from three continents in a program of study, cross-cultural dialogue, travel, and internships
  • To galvanise a movement of young Jewish social activists who will be equipped with the skills and passion to promote social justice and human rights locally and globally

Want to know more?

Read about the RCFP trip to Budapest in June 2015.

Watch the video below to hear what past Fellows thought about the program


Thank you!

We would like to thank our Cooperating Sponsor organisations for their support of the RCFP.