The Galilea Fellowship is a unique opportunity for English-speaking, Christian young adults (ages 20+) who are interested in three months (one semester) of community service, study, and touring in northern Israel. This program is specifically designed for Philos members who have visited Israel before but crave a deeper experience, who want to use their English skills to empower young people, and who look for greater knowledge and experience in Jewish-Christian relations.

The community service component of Galilea Fellowship mobilizes the ability that all Galilea fellows possess – native English ability – to enrich the English-learning curriculum for students at Jewish and Arab schools in the Galilee. The program’s study component is focused on Jewish-Christian relations and contemporary Israeli society, with teaching provided by academics and activists with advanced degrees and experience in the field. The touring component is focused on local archaeological, religious, and historical sites. The program also features guest speakers, Hebrew language study, and a Shabbat experience.

2019-2020 program dates:


Fall semester: Sep 10-Nov 26, 2019


Winter semester: Jan 7-March 24, 2020



Application deadlines:


Fall semester: May 30, 2019


Winter semester: October 15, 2019



Cost: $1700 (includes tuition, accommodation, field trips, program-related transportation)


Limited scholarship support is available.


For more information, please contact Philos Senior Fellow Faydra Shapiro at




Passages, a partner organization of The Philos Project, offers an introductory 9-day travel experience for Christian college students with leadership potential who are looking for a fresh and innovative approach to experiencing the Holy Land. The trip is heavily subsidized. The goal of Passages is to reconnect young Christians with the birthplace of their faith and to help them understand the complex realities of life in modern Israel.

Participants visit churches and biblical sites. They meet local people and hear diverse perspectives. They worship and pray in the places where Jesus walked. They study culture, government, security, and economy. Throughout the trip, they are challenged to deepen their faith as well as their concern for the people who live in the land today.

Upon their return, participants can build upon their trip experiences through further education and travel, including advanced leadership opportunities with The Philos Project.


The Philos Leadership Institute is our flagship 2-week summer training program for Christian men and women between the ages of 18-35 who show serious interest in a career focused on the Middle East. Each year we sift through hundreds of applications to find the 40 most promising young professionals in the fields of policy, media, ministry, education, medicine, business, the arts, and activism. Our aim is to empower a new generation of leaders to facilitate long-term change in the region.

Participants travel to Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and either Egypt or Jordan for 14 days of intense learning that are geared toward understanding and engaging complex issues with a Christian spirit. Subject matter includes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle Eastern society and politics, Eastern Christianity, Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim relations, refugees, terrorism and security, and historical and cultural dynamics. Participants spend time interacting with individuals on all sides of the issues, listening to and challenging each other, and developing their own distinctive leadership approach for their intended career.

Graduates of PLI become integral members of The Philos Project family. Most alumni go on to Middle East-related careers; many also become founders of, or active members in, Philos chapters around the world. All PLI graduates are expected to remain engaged with The Philos Project going forward.



Applications are closed for this year's round of PLI. Check back in Winter 2019 to apply for Summer 2020!



Each year, The Philos Project executes various "Fact Finding" trips where participants are hand-selected and explore a certain topic or issue.