Applying for a Helix Fellowship

All prospective fellows need to fill out and submit an online application form. There are three different application forms: one for artists and culture makers, another for students and educators, and one for activists and community organizers.

All applicants answer a series of short essay questions, supply two letters of recommendation, and upload a short video about themselves. We encourage prospective fellows to read the application questions in advance to determine which cohort of fellows is most appropriate.

Before applying, please be sure browse the Yiddishkayt website and thoroughly read the fellowship details and FAQs to ensure you understand the aims and goals of the Helix Fellowship.

All applications must be received by 11:59 PM (PST), Friday, March 20, 2020.

Applications for the 2020–2021 Wallis Annenberg Helix Fellowship have closed.

For information on the 2022–2023 Annenberg Helix Fellowship, please check back here in December 2021.

Financial Assistance

The Helix Fellowship is committed to bringing as many exceptional fellows as possible on the program and we strongly encourage all prospective fellows to apply—regardless of financial status. No applicant is turned away for lack of funds.

Thanks to the generous support of the Annenberg Foundation, all program costs are partially subsidized for all fellows. Fellows are responsible for making their way to and from the Yiddishkayt office in Los Angeles in time for the residential program start dates in August 2020 and July 2021. In addition, we also ask that fellows make a $500 minimum contribution towards their 2020 tuition costs. Additional program contributions are assessed and negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Yiddishkayt provides ongoing fundraising support throughout the fellowship to help fellows offset costs and support participation.

To give a sense of the direct costs of the Fellowship, the 2018 summer colloquium in Southern California cost around $3,000 per fellow. This figure includes tuition, accommodation, most transport, and most meals. 2019 travel program costs were just over $10,000 per fellow. This includes touring fees, entry to cultural sites, tuition, accommodation, most meals, air travel, and ground transport. If you or your institution requires a detailed budget with a breakdown of all expenses, please contact us.