The purpose of The Susan Wakil Fellowship is to empower a generation of Jewish leaders who want to make a positive impact on Australian society. What does that mean? How does that differ from other programs and initiatives available to our community’s youth? 

Aimed at cultivating strong and innovative leaders, the program guides our Fellows through ideas, industries and concepts which are otherwise uncharted territory for most Australian university students.

We not only want to inspire our Fellows with knowledge; we want to train them with useful skills. Leaders are those who act, and we provide our Fellows with the skills and the understanding to take action. These skills include project management, relationship building, media and communications strategies, speechwriting, design thinking principles, facilitation, managing your LinkedIn profile and more.

Over the course of the year, Fellows will apply and develop the skills they learn in the execution of social impact projects, which they develop in collaboration with other Fellows. During this time, Fellows will also be matched with one or two mentors determined by their interests, personality and needs. Mentors are professionals in the Jewish community working in industries relevant to the values of the Fellowship and range in age.

Underlying all of these offerings is a consistent theme of career development. We want our Fellows to know the opportunities that are out there for them. Do you want to contribute to positive change, but still earn a decent crust? The Fellowship is here to provide unparalleled guidance in this area. We are long term stakeholders in the growth and progress of our Fellows, and the network we have nurtured over the years is there for them.

Who makes a good Fellow? Students who are passionate about improving the world on any scale, who like to talk to people, and want to know how they can turn the conversation into action.

Students who are excited about the prospect of building interest-based friendships with both Jewish and non-Jewish students; who are confident to challenge their assumptions and learn about new methods and career paths.

The Susan Wakil Fellowship comprises of the following components: 

Retreat

Fellows

Projects

Workshops

Mentors

PTS

Regional Tour