Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Fellowship Program Application 2017-2018

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year have now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied!

The CJPAC Fellowship is an intensive, year-long program that provides politically interested and politically active university students with the tools to engage further in our democracy.

The Fellowship program* trains 45 of the top pro-Israel, politically-engaged university students to become the next generation of political leaders. It also provides the opportunity for Fellows to enhance their understanding of all levels of government in Canada.

The program includes an exclusive national political conference in Ottawa where Fellows meet with Members of Parliament, senior political strategists and receive advanced campaign training.**

CJPAC welcomes applicants from Jewish and non-Jewish communities, all political parties and every region of Canada.

All Fellows must be pro-Israel and demonstrate a strong interest and experience in Canadian politics.

Highlights:

  • Attend seminars led by experts on government, political strategy and communications;
  • Participate in election campaign training from key members of different political parties;
  • Meet with elected officials throughout the year to learn about their political experience;
  • Network with pro-Israel students from campuses across Canada;
  • Learn how to run successful political engagement events on campus;
  • Attend exclusive political events on and off campus.

*There are no costs or fees associated with participating in the year-long Fellowship program; however, upon acceptance into the program each participant must pay a $150.00 deposit. The deposit will be fully refunded upon participation in all five days of the November conference or can be donated to CJPAC.

**The conference will take place this year from Wednesday November 8 to Sunday November 12, 2017. Attendance for all five days is required as part of the program; no exceptions.

Fellowship applications are due on October 10th, 2017. Please note, interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Eligibility:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at a Canadian post-secondary institution for both semesters of the 2017-2018 academic year;
  2. Canadian citizen or permanent resident; unfortunately we cannot accept exchange students;
  3. Available to attend all 5 days of the national conference in Ottawa, no exceptions;
  4. Applicants cannot be employed in a political position at the federal or provincial level (i.e. the parliamentary or constituency office of an MP/MPP/MLA/MNA, Minister’s office or Party office headquarters), for more than 4 hours per week; unpaid volunteers in these offices will be considered.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Testimonials:

“Without CJPAC programming, and above all, the CJPAC team, I could never have achieved as much as I have today. In two years, CJPAC has taken me from a politically minded student on campus to a leader, a thinker, consensus builder, and above all, an individual loyal to my ethics, beliefs, and to the individuals united under the CJPAC tent, many of whom I now have the privilege of calling family.”

~Miled, CJPAC Fellow 2014-2015, co-Chair of the Fellowship Program 2015-2016

“For the past two years, I have found myself among some of the top politically engaged students in the country; a group of political nerds that have united together for a common cause despite political affiliation.”

~Sandra, CJPAC Fellow 2014-2015, co-Chair of the Fellowship Program 2015-2016

The CJPAC Fellowship has been an outstanding opportunity and an unforgettable experience… We may have entered the program as strangers but we leave as members of an esteemed family. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be a CJPAC Fellow.”

~Yoni, CJPAC Fellow 2014-2015, co-Chair of the Fellowship Program 2015-2016