DFI Application Process



We are excited to announce that we will open applications for the 2021-2022 cohort on Monday, April 5th at 9 AM EST.

We are beginning the application process with caution as we do not yet have definitive answers to important questions (stated in previous emails as well), such as:

When might Israel open travel to non-Israeli citizens and non-visa holders?

What will traveler’s health insurance look like and cost in a current/post-Covid Israel?

Will Israel require that all travelers be vaccinated?

What is the minimum amount of time we need to offer a meaningful program?

What changes might be necessary to the structure of our program to offer optimal safety for fellows and staff?

As we continue to investigate where we can and as we watch the rollout of vaccine both in the US and in Israel, we are hopeful that a truncated program is in fact, possible. 

*And yet, while we are hopeful – we are also aware that we CANNOT guarantee the program’s feasibility this fall. We will continue to provide updates as often as possible. 

Should you choose to submit an application, we look forward to reviewing your candidacy.

Applicants may begin the application process HERE

Twelve applicants will be selected as Dorot Fellows (approximately 20% of applicants).



The DFI Application begins with a pre-application questionnaire designed to assist potential candidates in determining whether the DFI is a good fit for them and whether they are a good fit for the DFI. Candidates' answers to the pre-application questionnaire are not recorded and have no bearing upon one's candidacy.


The goal of the written application is to provide the DFI Interviewer(s) with important information about each candidate. The more one shares about oneself, the more the Interviewer(s) can accurately assess one's candidacy.

Candidates will also be asked to provide the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of three individuals who might be contacted by Dorot for a recommendation on their behalf.

More information about what is required in the written application can be found here.


Round One Interview

Candidates will be notified prior to May 10th, 2021 if they have qualified for a Round One Interview. All first and second round interviews will be conducted via Zoom (with video when possible). If you do not currently have Zoom, we request that you download it (it is a free download) so that you can be prepared in the event that you are invited to interview. (Phone interviews will be possible at the discretion of the DFI Director.)

All Round One Interviews will be conducted in May 2021. 

Interviews are conducted by a DFI representative, chosen from among dozens of Dorot Fellowship Alumni and Associates.

Round Two Interview

Prior to June 7th, 2021, all Round One Candidates will be notified as to whether they have qualified for the second interview stage. The second round of interviews will be conducted much like the first interview via Zoom, during the month of June and July.


The DFI asks candidates for the contact information of up to three references.  We may gather information/opinions about each candidate from among these references.  Information may also be gathered from internet searches and via conversations with individuals to whom candidates are known (though not necessarily identified by candidates as references).

Finalist Interview

Prior to July 5th, 2021, all Round Two Candidates will be notified as to whether they have been selected as a DFI Finalist. All Finalist Interviews will be conducted via Zoom. 

All candidates will learn of their status by August 2nd, 2021. (Candidates placed on the DFI Wait-List will learn of their final status by August 16th, 2021.)

Complete 2021-2022 Selection Timeline 

May 6: Application Deadline 

May 10: First Round Interview Notification 

June 7: Second Round Interview Notification 

July 7: Finalist Interview Notification 

July 12-22: Finalist Interviews

August 2: Acceptance Notification 

August 16: Alternate Notification