Other Funding Opportunities
With the help of our extensive list of scholarships and sources of funding below, you may be able to find support for your experience abroad. We strongly encourage you to look carefully through the funding opportunities listed below, provided by external sources of funding (External Scholarships).
- Fulbright Grants for American Exchange Students- Grants administered by the Institute of International Education, sponsored by the US State Department.
- Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship – This scholarship is open to all current or aspiring study abroad students and is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through a combination of writing, photos, and videos. The application deadline generally falls around mid-September.
- Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship Program – This scholarship provides awards for US undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The Gilman Scholarship Program accepts applications two times per year. Ideally, students should begin their application one full semester before their study abroad program is scheduled to begin.
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Scholarship – Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year.
- The American Jewish League for Israel (AJLI) – This organization offers scholarships for a full year of study in Israel (no short-term summer Ulpan programs). The scholarships can be for graduate or undergraduate students. One must be a US citizen to apply. There is no age restriction for this scholarship. For questions, contact Jonathan Goldberg, the AJLI director via e-mail.
MASA Scholarship – The Jewish Agency for Israel in partnership with the Israeli government is proud to offer a scholarship opportunity entitled MASA, journey in Hebrew. The program is designed to provide financial assistance to Jewish students who want to participate in a long-term program in Israel.
Students can apply for a MASA scholarship by completing the application on the MASA website. Upon completion of the application, a PDF file of the application will be sent to you via e-mail. You will need to print the completed application, sign it, and then return the scholarship application to TAU International.
TAU International will then confirm your acceptance to the program and send the application to the Jewish Agency.
- AZM Helyn B. Reich Scholarship – Helyn B. Reich Scholarships are awarded to a limited number of American students each year who have been accepted and will attend one of several designated Israeli universities for a year or semester (preference given to full-year students). The scholarship seeks to honor candidates who demonstrate past pro-Israel activity and a commitment to future involvement with Israel and the Jewish community. Financial need will also be considered, though more emphasis will be placed on achievements. Recipients of the Helyn B. Reich Scholarship will be expected to remain involved with the American Zionist Movement following their return to the United States. The scholarship is named in memory of the wife of a past AZM president whose daughter studied at Tel Aviv University and now lives in Israel.
- The Abe and Gert Nutkis (AGN) Scholarship – For Israel Study and Service enables young adults 18-30 to study in Israel and foster personal involvement with Israel society and Zionist ideals. Scholarships recipients are eligible to receive grants of up to $5,000 each for full-year study in a co-educational institution of higher learning in Israel.
- The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation – This private, independent foundation, established by Jack Kent Cooke, was founded to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. Contact them via e-mail for details.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs – The government of Israel is pleased to offer scholarships to foreign students, as agreed in the Cultural Agreements between Israel and qualified countries (a full list of countries can be viewed on the site). Only citizens of these countries may apply. For more information contact them via e-mail for details.
- Veterans Affairs – Enrolled graduate students in pre-approved VA programs may apply for GI Bill benefits or VA Tuition Assistance. The Certification Form must be completed by the applicant and sent to the Office of Academic Affairs for certification and processing. For a list of approved programs please click here.
- NSEP Undergraduate Scholarships – Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad.
- NSEP Graduate Fellowships – Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to US graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.
- Plant Your Way to Israel - allows you to fund your trip to Israel while helping Israel and JNF at the same time. The program is simple. Ask your friends and family to plant trees with JNF (minimum donation $36). Half of this money will support JNF’s forestry projects in Israel, and the other half will be placed in a special account for you, to be used for any trip to Israel. Contact them via e-mail or at 212-879-9305 ext. 245 for more information.
- American Jewish League for Israel - Offers Jewish American students up to a $1000 scholarship, based on both merit and financial need.
- Jeff Seidel Scholarships - Funded in 2004 in order to help Birthright and Hillel alumni to further explore Israel. Offers up to $400 per scholarship.
- Pitch Your Idea Scholarship - A Scholarship/prize granted by the Scholarship Fellow Institute to students who have an idea but need some financial help to get it rolling.
- IUAP Partnership in Russian and Eastern European Studies - For doctoral and postdoctoral in Russian and East European Studies. Doctoral fellowships are offered to Israeli students while post-doctoral fellowships are open to both Israeli and Foreign researchers. Doctoral students will receive up to $12,500, while post-doctoral researchers will receive up to $25,000.
- Students Supporting Israel - Designed for students who has demonstrated their support in the state of Israel, alongside campus leadership experience, but never been to Israel for a period of time longer than two weeks. Scholarship is up to $1000.
- UNESCO/Israel Mashav - A fellowship for students from The Caribbean and African countries who wish to participate in specific courses, as listed on the program's website.
- Annual CGTrader Scholarship - Receive up to $2000 for writing an original essay according to the instructions published on their website.
- Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship - A scholarship for undergraduate students in the STEM field. Relevant only for students studying for a degree, not for students in one of the specially designed programs. Up to $2500.
- The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) - A scholarship for American students from minority groups, community colleges, and first-generation college students.
- The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Spring 2020 scholarship application cycle is now open! Undergraduate students planning to study or intern abroad in Spring 2020 may be eligible to apply. A complete list of FEA eligibility requirements can be found on our website. The application deadline is 12 pm (noon) EST September 10, 2019.
FEA's application is entirely online, and includes an online application form, a financial aid form (completed by the financial aid office), an unofficial transcript, and a recommendation letter. If you have any students going abroad with one of our Access Partners, please have them indicate this on their application. More details about the application and descriptions of all available scholarships, including Access Partner scholarships, can be found here.
The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. FEA was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2010 to address the need for an independent study abroad scholarship provider.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Michelle Foley at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 202-349-7356.
WUJS Ulpan Scholarship:
Ulpan Scholarships are available for European Graduate students and early career scholars of Jewish Studies to undertake Hebrew language Ulpan at TAU. These scholarships have been funded through the generous support of the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe. Applicants may apply for up to 1500 GBP toward their tuition and housing costs and, in cases where housing is not required, the remainder of the grant may be used towards travel costs in cooperation with partner travel agencies. In order to be eligible to receive the Scholarship, applicants must be:
- EU citizens or citizens of another European non-EU member country (Albania, Belarus, Gibraltar, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia)
- Based at a European University;
- Either a graduate student or early career scholar (who received their doctoral degree no more than five years ago);
- Researching a topic within the field of Jewish Studies;
- Able to demonstrate the relevance of Hebrew language skills to their research interests.
- Applicants for Ulpan Scholarships will have to apply BOTH to the educational institution for the study program as well as to the World Union of Jewish Studies for the grant. Successful candidates will receive the grant on condition that they are accepted to the Ulpan program. They will be required to participate in the program and submit a final report to the World Union of Jewish Studies after completion of the program. For the application form click here.
The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education.
You can also check with:
- Your local synagogue or church.
- Your local Jewish Federation or Jewish Community Center.
- Hebrew Free Loan Societies
- Your home school's Hillel and Hillel's Leadership Scholarship Program in Israel (call 202-857-6525)
- Your study abroad office, Middle Eastern Studies Department, or Jewish Studies Department.
- For American students, TAU offers a variety of merit and needs-based scholarships to prospective students for study abroad at TAU. Contact Melea Rubinstein for details and to find out how to apply.