DFI Application Process



Thank you for your interest in the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. Applications for the 2023-24 cohort are now closed. Please check back for more information about applying for the 2024-25 cohort.

If you would like to learn more or ask questions about the program, please contact DFI Associate Director Jacob Levkowicz at jacobl@dorot.org. Please note that these conversations are purely informational and have no bearing on your candidacy.



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 have no bearing upon one's candidacy.


The goal of the written application, video submission, and the sharing of one’s leadership experience 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. 

The essays are one piece of an applicant’s candidacy, which we consider alongside interviews and recommendations. We recognize that long-form writing is not everyone’s preferred method of communication; as such, we offer the opportunity to share more about yourself through video, short answer questions, and when relevant, creative endeavors. 

Candidates will 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

All candidates will receive a Round One interview, provided they meet the DFI's eligibility requirements. Candidates will be notified prior to January 23, 2023 about setting up a Round One Interview. All first and second round interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Phone interviews will be possible at the discretion of the DFI Director.

All Round One Interviews will be conducted in late January and early February 2023. 

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

Round Two Interview

Prior to February 17, 2023, 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 late February and early March.


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 March 16, 2023, 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 May 1, 2023. (Candidates placed on the DFI Wait-List will learn of their final status by May 16, 2022.)

Complete 2023-24 Selection Timeline 

January 19, 2023: Application Deadline 

January 23, 2023: First Round Interview Notification 

February 17, 2023: Second Round Interview Notification 

March 16, 2023: Finalist Interview Notification 

March 23-April 4, 2023: Finalist Interviews

May 1, 2023: Acceptance Notification 

May 16, 2023: Alternate Notification