As a partner of the Masa Israel Fund, all Top Israel Interns participants are invited to apply for a grant / scholarship through Masa. In addition to this, we have provided an extensive list of third party organizations where you can seek program funding.
Rules are based on your country of origin.
Eligible participants under the age of 22 can receive between $1,250 – $2,950 in grants from Masa toward the cost of their program. Eligible participants over the age of 22 automatically receive $2,400 – $4,700 (depending on the length and cost of your program). Masa Israel also offers eligible participants up to $3,000 in additional needs-based scholarships.
Former Soviet Union (FSU)
Masa participants from the Former Soviet Union are eligible to apply for universal grants in the amount of up to $10,000 (depending on the length of your program).
Masa participants from Argentina and Venezuela are eligible to apply for universal grants in the amount of up to $9,500 (depending on the length of your program).
Eligible participants under the age of 22 can receive between $1,250 and $2,950 in grants from Masa toward the cost of their program. Eligible participants over the age of 22 automatically receive $3,000 – $4,700 (depending on the length and cost of your program). Masa Israel also offers eligible participants needs-based scholarships of up to $10,000 (including the universal grant and depending on the length of your program).
Please note that you will receive either the Grant OR the Needs-based scholarship but not both.
Take a look at Masa’s Grant and Scholarship Policy here: Masa Regulations and Guidelines.
Fill out your application for the Masa Grant here: the Masa online application.
There are also a variety of resources outside of Masa Israel Journey that can help fund your Top Israel Positions experience. We have compiled the following lists of sources for your convenience.
Our Summer Internship program is run in conjunction with Onward Israel in order to give you the benefit of their generous program subsidy and stipend. Onward Israel along with its generous donors subsidize approximately a third of the program fees for eligible applicants and provide all participants with $800 spending money while they are in Israel. Program fees are reduced from $4600 to only $2660. For more info please refer to our Summer Internships page.
Be sure to contact your local Jewish Federation (link below) to see what kinds of scholarships might be available in your area. If you belong to a synagogue or temple, it is usually helpful to speak with your Rabbi about financial aid possibilities. Rabbis often have additional funds set aside for young adult and/or Israel travel.
The Jewish Federations of North America
Local Jewish Federations offer scholarships and grants for community members going to Israel.
Participants from Boston can receive a $500 scholarship by applying for them directly with: Matt Lebovic, CJP Senior Campus Associate, 617-457-8757, firstname.lastname@example.org
There are presently more than 14,000 current and archived grants, funding opportunities, awards and contracts displayed on GrantWatch.com. They are the #1 website for International, Canada and USA federal, state, local, foundation, and corporation grants.
The Amy Adina Schulman Scholarship Fund
Grants are awarded to individuals who volunteer or intern in progressive social action projects or programs of their own choosing. The grant requires a commitment to educate others upon returning home so peers will have the opportunity to learn about and be inspired to do similar work.
Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship Fund
Reich scholarships are awarded each year to a limited number of American students who choose to study at one of several designated Israeli universities or attend post-college long-term programs.
The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies
The Israel Scholarship Committee of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies administers a limited amount of financial assistance for high school and college students to travel and study in Israel.
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship
The Ambassadorial Scholarships look to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduates and graduate students and professionals pursuing vocational studies.
Haas/Koshland Memorial Award
Provides up to $20,000 to support a year of study and personal development in Israel. The award is open to college students, from sophomore year through graduate school, who are from, or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund
For participants of post-high school study programs which earn college credits in Israel. The Fund is for those students who show academic promise in religious studies and a need for financial assistance to study in Israel.
American Jewish League, Israel University Scholarship
Provides eligible students scholarships to attend Israeli universities.
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad who will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.
$1,000 scholarships available for students studying at Hebrew University or through Living Routes.
Go Overseas Volunteer/Intern Abroad Scholarship
The Go Overseas Volunteer and Intern Abroad Scholarship offers $500 scholarships twice a year for position or volunteer programs.
Jeff Seidel’s Scholarship to Israel
$500 scholarships towards airfare to come to study in Israel on affiliated programs for Birthright Israel and Hillel alumni.
Plant Your Way to Israel
Youth through age 26 can raise money for a trip to Israel by asking family and friends to plant trees with the Jewish National Fund (JNF). Half of the proceeds of each donation ($36 minimum) will go towards planting a tree in Israel and the other half goes into a student account.
Jewish Federation of East Bay
Federation and Foundation provide funding annually to strengthen Jewish life and learning opportunities for East Bay children and teens. We offer need-based financial assistance to teens, college students, and young adults for travel and study in Israel and for children and teens to attend overnight camp outside the Bay Area.
The Hebrew Free Loans Society
For over 120 years, we have given interest-free loans. We foster economic independence while preserving the dignity of the individual. Interest-free lending is a profoundly Jewish and centuries-old response to financial need, most famously articulated by Maimonides: “A loan is better than charity, for it enables one to help oneself.”
Every student who joins the Nefesh Yehudi programs is offered a monthly stipend in return for studying four and a half weekly hours.
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