DFI Application Process



Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort are open as of Thursday, October 13th at 9 AM EST.  

The deadline for first time applications is Thursday, January 19th, 2023 by 5:00 PM EST. You are welcome to submit a late application, although we cannot promise its consideration.

Our projected program dates are Sunday, August 6th, 2023-no later than June 11th, 2024 (subject to change). If you feel like these dates impact your eligibility, please be in touch with us.

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 January 23, 2023 if they have qualified for a Round One Interview. All first and second round interviews will be conducted via Zoom (with video when possible). 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