DFI Application Process



Applicants may begin the application process HERE

Twelve applicants will be selected as Dorot Fellows (approximately 15-20% of applicants).

All candidates will learn of their status prior to May 1, 2019.

Candidates who have not been awarded a Fellowship who wish to receive feedback about their candidacy may request a phone meeting with the DFI Associate Director after May 1, 2019. To do so, please send an email to Aaren Alpert.



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 February 1, 2019 if they have qualified for a Round One Interview. All first and second round interviews will be conducted via Skype (with video when possible). If you do not currently have Skype, 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 February 2019. Further information about how to schedule interviews will be provided prior to February 1.

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

Round Two Interview

Prior to March 1st, 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 Skype, all during the month of March 2019.


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 April 1, 2019, all Round Two Candidates will be notified as to whether they have been selected as a DFI Finalist. All Finalist Interviews will be conducted in New York City from April 8-11, 2019. (No exceptions will be made. If you know now that you will not be available to travel [if necessary] to a face-to-face interview, please do not apply.) The DFI will provide travel subsidies for candidates who must travel to a Finalist Interview. The Finalist Interview will be conducted by a small committee, including the DFI Director and DFI Alumni.

All candidates will learn of their status prior to May 1, 2019. (Candidates placed on the DFI Wait-List will learn of their final status prior to May 15, 2019.)