IATF Speakers Fellowship

for Arab/ Palestinian Citizens of Israel

The IATF Fellowship provides eight Arab/Palestinian changemakers in Israel with opportunities to build key leadership skills while meeting and learning about American Jewish communities and raising awareness about Arab citizens of Israel and topics that are important to you.  

Through the Fellowship, Arab citizens in the fields of civil society, shared society, activism, and social entrepreneurship will learn public speaking and storytelling as a professional skill, with specific focus on meeting with and speaking to English-speaking audiences. Fellows will gain deep exposure to American Jewish communities, their role and engagement in Israeli society, and in the civil sector specifically. The program will help Fellows to grow professionally, explore their own stories, and expand their networks. Fellows will get to share their perspectives, expertise, experiences, and visions with American Jewish communities and leaders, a population that has interest and influence in Israel but rarely has opportunities to hear Arab and Palestinian perspectives firsthand.  

Program Overview 

  • Launch: A three-day training retreat in Israel. We will get to know each other, explore storytelling for promoting social change, and hear from experts. 

  • Personal and Professional Development: 

    • Four workshops on zoom in the evening on public speaking, understanding American Jewish communities, and talking with different audiences. 

    • One in-person workshop to practice and prepare for our visit to the U.S. 

    • One-on-one coaching from expert consultants.

  • Travel: A 10-12 day experience visiting Jewish communities in the United States including meetings and visits with American Jewish organizations and leaders, public speaking engagements, unique learning opportunities, and dialogue with American Jewish peers. 

  • Speakers Bureau: After training, participate in paid speaking opportunities to share your work, perspectives, and story with American Jewish leaders and the larger American Jewish community. Completing the Fellowship includes a commitment to participate in a minimum number of speaking engagements for two years.  

  • Expenses: IATF covers all international travel expenses (except visas) and provides a modest honorarium upon completion of the program.


You will:  

  • Attend every in-person and virtual professional development session and be there for the entire length of the session. These dates include: 

    • Thursday, October 12-Saturday, October 14, 2023, in-person full days in Israel

    • Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 20:00pm-21:30pm Israel Time, on Zoom  

    • Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 20:00pm-21:30pm Israel Time, on Zoom 

    • Wednesday, December 20, 2023, 20:00pm-21:30pm Israel Time, on Zoom 

    • Wednesday, Jan 10, 20:00pm-21:30pm 2024, Israel Time, on Zoom 

    • Early February 2023 (exact date to be determined) in-person full day in Jerusalem 

  • Participate in the entire U.S experience. Estimated dates are February 25-Thursday, March 7, 2024.  

  • Practice the skills in between meetings and work with others in your cohort. 

  • Commit to being part of the IATF Speakers’ Bureau for two years following the completion of the program (April 2024-March 2026). This means: 

    • You will speak on or participate in at least 16 programs with American Jewish communities over two years.

    • Depending on your availability, interests, and demand from our partners, these opportunities may be on Zoom,

    in Israel, or occasionally possibly in the U.S.  

  • Allow us to use images and other media in promoting the program and our work.

    Download the Program Overview

Confirm your eligibility and prepare yourself for an enriching and impactful fellowship experience.

Eligibility Guidelines

Still Have Questions?

Apply by July 24, 2023


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