Mission Statement

Building on the legacy of former Israeli Ambassador Shlomo Argov z"l, the Argov Fellows Program in Leadership and Diplomacy seeks to prepare around 20 exceptional RU students in their final year of undergraduates studies for future leadership positions for Israel and the Jewish people.

​Through a year-long, challenging interdisciplinary curriculum, the program seeks to help the students acquire the knowledge, tools, skills and critical thinking abilities necessary for working towards meeting the many challenges that Israel​ faces in today’s complex global environment.

The program, conducted entirely in English, combines academic training and practical skills. Its unique curriculum includes courses, seminars and "hands-on" workshops taught exclusively to Argov Fellows by leading academic and professional experts. The students participate in study tours to Europe, the United States, China and within Israel. Throughout the year, the students meet exceptional individuals who have obtained leadership positions in a wide range of fields and benefit from in-depth discussions with them regarding their values, career paths, and defining moments.

The program concludes with the public presentation of capstone group projects in which the fellows propose their solutions to pressing problems that Israel faces. Argov Alumni have carried on to eminent fellowship programs such as Koret, Fulbright and Legacy Heritage, graduate programs at Yale, Georgetown University, Oxford, and the London School of Economics and employment positions in public, private, and non-profit sectors.