Fellowship Components

The Susan Wakil Fellowship is an unparalleled student leadership program, providing a platform for exceptional Jewish students to contribute to campus life.

The Fellowship will deliver a comprehensive educational curriculum that will provide the skill-sets, knowledge and networks to develop meaningful change. Fellows will participate in political masterclasses led by various experts in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Washington DC and New York. The workshops will be indispensable to the Fellows throughout their careers and will provide the experience necessary for students to successfully execute their own student political campaigns.

Fellows will receive personalised mentoring, respected professionals in their field. After the program, Fellows will also have the opportunity to pursue an internship in their area of interest.


The introductory immersive will be held over four days in mid February. This retreat gives Fellows the opportunity to conceptualise the program, frame the goals of their projects and become familiar with each other and the political landscape they will be engaging with. The retreat is held at a prestigious location outside of the city and will cover a range of topics from ‘positive engagement in student politics’ to ‘executing political projects’. 

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Workshops are fundamental to the delivery of the formal curriculum of the Fellowship. Through the series of the workshops that will be held from March to August, Fellows will gain essential skills and knowledge to build on their capability to lead positive grassroots social and political change on campuses. Every workshop will be centred around a relevant skills or knowledge component which can be used by Fellows as a tool for project planning, strategy, and management.  Workshops will be held every two – three weeks, beginning in March. Workshops will most likely be held on Sundays to avoid clashes with university timetabling.

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US Tour

The US tour will provide Fellows with the opportunity to engage with representatives from every aspect of the political landscape and policymaking environment in the US, with an emphasis on professional insights and best practices into the world of policy development and change making. The US is the site of many innovations and best practices into the world of politics, policymaking, community organising, and grassroots movements. The aim of the tour will be to expose Fellows to new ideas which can be incorporated into their projects. The US Tour will be held from the 3rd to the 18th July.

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The project stage of the Fellowship will be held for a four-month period following the completion of the workshop curriculum and the US Tour. Projects will be planned, developed, and executed in teams. The idea for each project will be created by the team running that project and will be subject to review in consultation with the Fellowship Directors, the AUJS National and Regional Executives and the Fellowship Subcommittee. Projects should aim to set goals which are realistically achievable within short timeframes as well as allow for continued development and long-term direction post-Fellowship.

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Each Fellow will be matched with a mentor to complement each Fellow’s professional development and participation in the Fellowship. Each mentor is an outstanding professional in the Jewish community, who we believe can offer invaluable perspective to the ongoing development of each Fellow. Fellows will be expected to meet with their mentor for a structured 30-60-minute meeting, once a month for a total of 8 to 10 meetings in the year. Fellows are responsible for arranging meetings with their mentor.

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Political Training Seminar (PTS)

PTS is an AUJS political leadership development program, which is run in the nation’s capital. PTS offers its participants the opportunity to engage with Federal-level politicians, lobbyists, key media figures, and opinion leaders. Political skills training and tours in key sites around Canberra are also included in this program.  Exact dates for PTS to be advised.

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Internship positions will commence in the summer holiday period. Fellows will be placed in organisations related to the political landscape and policy making environment of Australia. Such organisations could include think tanks, unions, offices of MPs and political parties, government departments, non-governmental  organisations, Jewish community representative organisations et al. Internships may involve a part-time commitment for a 1-3-month period.

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