Our Generation Speaks (OGS) Fellowship Program, 2018

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Our Generation Speaks (OGS) is a fellowship program and incubator where emerging leaders create high-impact ventures. The fellowship establishes a set of innovative enterprises that generate significant social and economic value, while creating a cohort of young Israeli and Palestinian community leaders who cooperate across ethnic and political lines to build shared prosperity within the region.

We empower our fellows by providing them with:

  • A fully-funded three-month residency at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management, one of the top ten social policy schools in the US. Our tailor-made coursework focuses on entrepreneurship, communications, financial management, negotiation, and more, delivered by faculty of Brandeis University.

  • One-on-one coaching and support from a highly accomplished network of Palestinian, Israeli, and American mentors from the private and public sectors, including serial entrepreneurs and leaders of Fortune 500 companies.

  • An ideal environment to receive seed funding and resources to launch high-impact ventures through our partnerships with Mass Challenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator, and MIT, a globally-recognized research university.

  • Ongoing support from our network and the OGS Alumni Organization to fellowship graduates and startups launched from the fellowship.

Benefits

Our fellowship is fully-funded to ensure that our fellows can focus on what really matters. We provide:

  • Round-trip travel from the region to Boston, including visa application and border crossing fees

  • Comfortable living arrangements, including accommodations for all genders, ethnicities, and religions

  • All meals, transportation, and other logistical necessities

  • Dedicated fellowship personnel, including a full-time staff member in-residence

  • A modest stipend for living expenses during the fellowship

  • A world-class academic program customized for OGS Fellows with tuition, fees, and books included

  • One-on-one mentoring from the OGS Network of business and community leaders

  • Guidance and coaching for the ventures created through the fellowship

  • Social activities, including professional sporting matches and evening outings in Boston

  • Access to the OGS Network of entrepreneurs and investors and the OGS Alumni Organization, comprised of over forty-five fellowship graduates

  • Seed funding for the startups launched from the fellowship

  • Continued support for ventures, including pro bono services from top legal firms

  • Access to the OGS Alumni Fund for need-based financial aid to support alumni who continue to work on OGS ventures in the region

Eligibility

OGS seeks a highly-qualified group of 28 Israelis and Palestinians between the ages of 21-30 who have:

  • Completed an undergraduate degree;

  • A valid passport (US visa not necessary for application);

  • A working knowledge of English and strong communication skills;

  • A history of demonstrated leadership and aspirations to lead in new capacities;

  • Proven experience working successfully in a team environment;

  • Dedication to the OGS Values;

  • The ability to complete the entire duration of the program (June 4-August 31, 2018); and

  • A commitment to continued involvement with OGS activities in the region.

Applications 

OGS operates a thorough assessment process to select each year’s cohort. We look at the overall composition of your submission materials to determine your success as an OGS Fellow. Due to the competitive nature of the OGS Fellowship, we are only able to accept 28 candidates to our program.

The OGS Application takes 3-4 hours to complete and includes:

  • 4 essay responses, one of which can be submitted in video form

  • Your undergraduate academic transcript

  • 1-2 letters of recommendation

  • 1 professional reference, who may be contacted via phone

  • Your CV or resume

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