Applying to be an ECYP Fellow

Important Message About ECYP's 2022 Application Deadline


We know that students may face limitations to completing their application and gathering their supplemental materials during this challenging time. We wanted to share that we have made some changes to support students with their application:

  • We are extending the application deadline to Friday, May 1st

  • Recognizing that schools may not reopen, we have decided to review applications with missing supplemental items. We encourage all students to fill out the application and gather supplemental material to the best of their ability. Students may submit their last report card if they cannot access their transcript.


To apply to be an ECYP Fellow:

  1. Ensure that you are a current sophomore student who lives or attends a school in Maryland's 7th Congressional District. Please go to to enter your home and/or school address to ensure geographic eligibility. 
  2. Review the program overview and application instructions prior to submitting. 
  3. Submit the application and all supplemental materials online, mail, e-mail or fax.
  4. Applications for the Class of 2022 will be available until May 1, 2020. 

Questions? Call us at (410) 542-4850 or email us at

ECYP Program Overview

ECYP's Recruitment Video

MISSION To invest in promising teens  from Maryland’s 7th congressional  district, and prepare  them to serve as open-minded leaders  with the skills, community ties, and global exposure critical to success in a diverse society. Our efforts are infused with the spirit of bridge-building exemplified by the longstanding partnership of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and the Baltimore Jewish community.

REQUIREMENTS Applicants must be entering their junior year of high school in the fall of 2020, and residing or attending  school in Maryland’s 7th congressional district.

Applicants must be able to commit to the program for two years. Please note that all ECYP programming is provided at no-charge to admitted fellows. 

ECYP ALUMNI Over the past 21 years, the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel (ECYP) has achieved tremendous success. Over 200 participants have completed the program! Our graduates have gone on to higher education  and successful careers. Examples include a CNN news anchor,  commercial airline pilot, Peace  Corps volunteer, United States Naval Officer, entrepreneur in early childhood education  programming and investment banker.



Acquire leadership skills

Travel abroad to Israel

Build new friendships

Become a community leader and activist

  Obtain a better understanding of self

  Develop public speaking skills

  Receive service-learning hours

  Receive support throughout college application process

  Receive support throughout college experience


HOW YOU WILL LEARN ECYP promotes a hands-on approach to learning. Fellows will have ample opportunity to interact with various community leaders, facilitators and guest speakers. In addition to monthly training sessions, ECYP fellows perform community service throughout the year as middle school mentors to increase awareness of the community and provide the opportunity to serve.

Application Instructions

To apply online, please complete Part One. Please provide two references with a link to Part Two, ECYP's recommendation form. 


To apply via mail, fax or email, click and  print out a paper application. We highly recommend that you type your responses for the short answer prompts and include your typed responses as an attachment. If you choose to write your responses, please use black or blue ink.

·    To mail the application please send it to ECYP Application, 5750 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215.

·    To e-mail the application, please e-mail it to

·    To fax the application, please fax it to 410-542-4834 


DEADLINE  All application materials are due by midnight or postmark  on May 1 ,2020. Selected applicants will be notified by e-mail and/or phone for an interview.


Part One: ECYP Online Application


Part Two: Recommendation Form


Paper Application: ECYP_APP_2022_final.pdf




What happens next?

Only full, complete applications with all supplemental materials will be considered for review. Select applicants will be offered an interview with ECYP's board in early May. If selected, you must attend an interview.


All applicants will be informed of decisions as accepted or not accepted in late May. 


To read more about ECYP's application, selection and program requirements, please review the Frequently Asked Questions page. 


Questions may be submitted to or 410-542-4850.