Young adult travel scholarships

UUJME now offering 2016 travel scholarships to UU young adults

This year UUs for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) will again offer one or more travel scholarships to young adult UUs aged 18-35 for trips to the Middle East to enable them to take part in activities to help further the cause of justice, peace, and human rights in Israel-Palestine.  We are currently accepting scholarship applications for trips that will take place during the 2016 calendar year, with some flexibility in trip start and end dates.  Scholarship applicants may request up to $3000 in funding assistance to help cover trip costs.  All scholarship awards are subject to available funding.  There is a deadline of May 1, 2016 to submit applications for summer travel.

Please pass along information about this program to any UU young adults you know who might be interested in applying for a travel scholarship!

NOTE: If you would like to make a donation to the UUJME Young Adult Travel Scholarship program to help send more young adult UUs to Israel-Palestine, please click here.

UUJME asks scholarship applicants to propose a trip to Israel-Palestine and provide details as to expected expenses, dates of travel, specific destinations, planned activities, any planned collaborations with individuals or groups, and most important, post-trip follow-up plans to use the experience to help educate others back home and to continue the work for justice in Israel-Palestine.

Examples of possible post-trip activities are speaking engagements, sermons, workshops at District or General Assemblies, organization of activist groups or events, lobbying elected officials, and proposing resolutions at UU conferences.

Note that the travel proposal could involve an entirely independent trip created by the applicant, joining an existing delegation planned by another organization, or be a combination of group and independent trips.  Applicants are encouraged to combine their UUJME trip with other planned travel, where possible, to help keep costs low.

Examples of delegations led by other organizations that applicants could include in their proposals are ICAHD’s Rebuilding Camp, Interfaith Peace Builders Olive Harvest, International Solidarity Movement (minimum three-week commitment), CMEP Board Study Tour, Sabeel’s Witness Trips, Mossawa Center Young Adult Volunteer Program, and many more.  UUJME does not necessarily endorse these travel delegations or organizations, so scholarship applicants should thoroughly research any such trips before including them in their travel proposals.

Evaluation of trip proposals will be based on the likelihood of the proposal furthering UUJME’s mission, which is to educate and mobilize ourselves and our fellow UUs and citizens regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its legal, moral and ethical issues in an effort to bring about peace and justice in Israel-Palestine, including a settlement of the conflict affirming the equality, dignity, freedom and security of all peoples involved.

Please send trip proposals and questions to uujme@uujme.org.   Application forms can be found here.