The cost of the program is $11,000.
All Fellows receive an automatic $2,000 grant from the Begin Center.
What is included?
The cost of the program includes the following:
- An intensive Ulpan course throughout the first six weeks of the program and an additional short course of two weeks later in the year.
- A month-long orientation seminar to facilitate a “soft landing” into Israel and the Israeli Government.
- Weekly seminars with leading public figures, and experts from a wide range of fields.
- A series of tours in Jerusalem providing historical, cultural and religious background enhancing the understanding of the city.
- A series of tours and trips around Israel
- Meals provided during all scheduled program activities
- A monthly bus pass for unlimited use throughout Jerusalem.
- A rich program of social, cultural and educational activities organized by MASA – all provided with no extra cost (concerts, weekend seminars, tours and many more).
- Health insurance coverage
- A team of professional staff that will guide the participants on both professional and personal matters throughout the year.
Most Fellows are eligible for a grant from Masa Israel. The precise amount of the Masa Israel grant is in accordance with country of origin and other criteria (please see website for further information: www.masaisrael.org).
Please note also that Masa Israel can only provide a grant to each individual once. This means that you will be unable to receive a Masa Israel grant for this program if you have previously received Masa Israel funding.
The Masa Israel grant application also contains the option of requesting an additional ‘scholarship’. This is “needs-based” and therefore only some applicants will be successful in receiving this in addition to the grant.
Fellows will have the opportunity to arrange their own accommodation in Jerusalem – or in Tel Aviv for the few cases of Fellows interning there. We will be happy to provide useful information to assist you in looking for an apartment, including relevant websites and details about the neighborhoods most conveniently located.
In past years some Fellows have chosen to live with other Fellows, others had preferred to find housing with Israelis in order to acclimate better, improve their Hebrew etc. Both options have their relative merits and drawbacks and we’ll be happy to discuss these with you and assist you as much as we can.
We realize that it can be daunting to arrange housing in a new country, especially when you are not physically there to visit apartments and speak to landlords in person. For that reason we offer another option: At your request, we will reserve for you a room at the Student Village of the Hebrew University in the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem. You can either:
(a) Stay there for just two months (Sep-Oct), giving you time to look for an apartment here;
(b) Remain at the Student Village for the full ten months of the program.
The estimated cost of renting a room at the Student Village will be 2,400 NIS a month (approx. $600).
Please note: If you will be interning in Tel Aviv (a small number of the internship options are located there rather than in Jerusalem), you will in any case spend the first six weeks in Jerusalem for our Opening Seminar. For this period, you can either find a short-term rental yourself or take the Student Village option. Once in Tel Aviv you will similarly have the option of finding your own housing or taking some group housing that we can provide at a cost of approx. $750 a month.
Health insurance is provided to all participants of the Israel Government Fellows Program which will cover emergency situations and routine medical needs. The insurer is Harel-Yedidim. The cost of this insurance is included in the program fee. Additional coverage for preexisting conditions can be purchased separately.
Masa Israel Journey
Masa Israel Journey connects Jewish young adults to gap year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs. Through these immersive experiences, participants develop a deep, personal connection to Israel, the Jewish people, and their home communities. Since 2003, Masa Israel has provided Jewish young adults from the Diaspora with high-quality, transformative experiences in Israel, as well as offering financial assistance and organizing enrichment seminars. Masa Israel is a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Grants and scholarships are available from Masa Israel and may vary according to Masa Israel criteria; see the Masa Israel website for details: www.masaisrael.org
Aside from Masa Israel, there are several other options worth exploring for additional funding. We have listed a few ideas here:
- Local Jewish Federations (North America) – Many local Jewish Federations have scholarship programs for trips to Israel. We advise applicants to contact their local federation to find out if they provide this. They may also be able to recommend other sources of funding available.
- Synagogues – Many synagogues have funds to assist young members in participating in Israel programs. It could be worthwhile for applicants to contact their synagogue and inquire if such financial assistance is available.
- Other local Jewish community organizations may have scholarships available or be able to assist in identifying other sources of funding. We recommend applicants contacting their local JCC and any other local Jewish/Zionist Organizations.
For additional sources of funding, you may also find this page useful.