The Wexner Field Fellowship provides opportunities for professional growth to promising Jewish professionals who plan to continue to pursue careers as professional leaders in the North American Jewish community.
Through the Wexner Field Fellowship, Jewish professional leaders are provided coaching, Jewish learning, and professional development funds. This cohort-based program will deepen these professionals’ leadership skills alongside a rich network of colleagues for this three-year program and the rest of their career.
Through this three-year intensive professional development program Field Fellows will:
If you have applied to any of The Wexner Foundation’s programs in the past, you are welcome to re-apply with an entirely new application. Because we are creating a cohort, each applicant pool results in different selections and re-applications are considered independently from past applications. If you applied to the Wexner Field Fellowship last year, you are not eligible to apply again this year unless it is your last year of eligibility.
To apply for the Wexner Field Fellowship, all eligibility requirements must be met. Please note there are no exceptions to the eligibility requirements listed below. A new class will be selected each year, so you may be eligible to apply in the future if you are not currently eligible.
The Wexner Foundation is focused on the health and safety of our community. Guided by public health and medical professionals on our COVID Advisory Committee, as of September 2021 the Foundation requires all incoming participants in Wexner programs to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All applicants for programs that start in 2022 must submit proof of vaccination before a finalist interview.
All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply, irrespective of denominational affiliation, gender, racial or ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation.
OCTOBER 27, 2022 AT 1:00PM (EASTERN)
Field Fellow applicants must submit a pre-application and a full application to be considered for the fellowship. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline. We recommend that you submit your full application several days in advance to allow for any technical complications that might arise.
Applicants will be notified by email as to whether they have been invited for an interview. Please contact Dara Katzner if you haven’t received an email from us by November 14.
DECEMBER 4-7, 2022
A select number of finalists will be required to interview on Zoom. The selection of Fellows is made by the Wexner Field Fellowship Selection Committee, which is composed of professionals who are committed to Jewish professional leadership.
Wexner Field Fellowship Class 7 Fellows are selected.
WFF Class 7 publicly announced.
INSTITUTES STARTING FEBRUARY 2023
Any candidate accepted as a Wexner Field Fellow must attend institutes on the days listed below, as well as subsequent Spring and Fall Institutes in 2025 for three years total. If it is not possible to gather in person, a Virtual Institute will be held on the days listed below, with some additional programming via Zoom in the weeks preceding and following the Virtual Institute, not to exceed an additional 4 hours per month.
Please contact Dara Katzner, Program Coordinator.
Field Fellows will:
All applicants must fill out their basic information and upload a resume (no more than 2 pages) as part of a pre-application eligibility form. Pre-applications are approved manually on a rolling basis during Eastern business hours. Please ensure you submit your pre-application with enough time to fill out a full application (if approved). Those invited to complete a full application will need to provide the following items. The recommended browsers to use when filling out the application are Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Firefox.
Several short answer questions (Step 1) and two essays (Step 4). Please click here to view the essay prompts.
A 60-second video answering the question provided within the application in Step 5 (“Video Answer”). The video should not be created professionally and must be uploaded in one of the following formats: .mov, .mp4, .mpeg, .avi. Additional guidelines are provided within the application (Step 5).
Letter of Support
A letter of support form (provided in Step 5) signed by your organization’s Executive Director and Board President. If you are the Executive Director, you should sign your own letter of support along with your Board President. The form ensures your organization is aware of the time commitment the Wexner Field Fellowship requires. Applicants should submit the signed form electronically.
Two Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation (final step), which are available for electronic transmission to your identified referees through the online application. The first recommendation needs to come from your current direct supervisor. If you are the Executive Director, your board chair serves as your current direct supervisor and therefore should write a recommendation.
Chief of Staff, Central Synagogue
Wexner Field Fellowship, Class 3
Wexner Graduate And Field Fellowship Community Coordinating Committee
We help shepherd initiatives, offer advice to the WGF/WFF professionals when asked, and try to identify ways that Wexner fellows and alumni can be of service to and make the most of the talent and energy of the Wexner community.
Most significantly, WexCoComm invests time and energy thinking about how we can most effectively and efficiently communicate opportunities to members of the Wexner community that could be personally or professionally enriching. We try to gauge the interests, issues, and concerns of alumni community members and we try to be responsive to those needs and interests where we think we can be appropriately helpful.
The Wexner Field Fellowship was created in 2013 in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation to focus on developing promising Jewish professionals’ leadership skills while enveloping them in a rich network of Jewish professionals. Through in-person, intensive conferences and virtual meetings, Wexner Field Fellows are exposed to Jewish educational and professional growth opportunities while addressing their unique needs of career progress.
Fellows are selected based on their past accomplishments, current motivation and engagement, and the exceptional attributes they will contribute to the cohort of 15 Jewish professionals of which they will be a part.