Grants & Scholarships for gap year programs in Israel

Applying for a gap year program in Israel? Here are a few sources you want to consider to help you with financing your upcoming gap year.

MASA Israel Journey

Masa is an organization funded by the Jewish Agency for Israel and the government of Israel to help fund people who want to go on Israel programs. Masa supervises our program regularly and certifies our operation. Check out BIG IDEA Gap Year program page on Masa’s website - Click here >>

MASA Israel Journey provides grants for eligible participants. Grant amounts are determined by factors such as age, home country, length of program, etc. Additional grants can be provided by Masa for need-based scholarships.
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Additional sources of scholarships that participants may qualify for are listed on the Masa Israel Journey website - Click Here >>

Available Gap Year Scholarships for North American

Your Local Jewish Federation

Contact the Jewish Federation in your community. We encourage you to search and contact these funding sources as early as possible. For example, the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia awards grants to teens and college students wanting to participate in Israel gap year programs. Contact the Jewish Federation in your community. Find it here >>

Your Local Synagogue

Synagogues often set aside funds for young adults travelling to Israel. Many synagogues have scholarship funds to assist young members in participating in Israel gap year programs. Call your family’s synagogue and inquire what assistance may be available to you. Ask your Rabbi if s/he knows of other sources of possible funding.

Jewish / Hebrew Free Loan

Many communities have branches of the Jewish Free Loan Association (also known in some communities as Hebrew Free Loan). This organization offers interest free loans to qualified individuals. To find a branch near you - click here>>

The Amy Adina Schulman Scholarship Fund

Applicants must volunteer on a full-time basis (30 hours per week) for a progressive social justice program or project and have regular supervision under the direction of an established organization usually for at least 3 months. Small grants, ranging from $500 to $1500 (depending on length of service), are awarded to as many applicants as possible rather than giving larger amounts to fewer individuals. For more information -click here>>

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

A grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. For more information - click here>>

College Scholarships

As an accredited university program, many “regular” college scholarships may also be applied to the BIG IDEA Gap Year program in Israel. Talk to your high school guidance counselor and ask for his/her help in identifying scholarship sources that you may qualify for. Also, check out online college scholarship databases, by searching on the internet for “college scholarship.” To get you started, here are a few of the search results you’ll find:

Scholarships for Israel Programs

Here is a partial list of Federations that may grant Israel scholarships If you do not find your community listed below, you may find the contact information for your local Jewish Federation by using the Federation Finder >>

Scholarships exclusively for Canadian students

Beth Tzedec Men’s Club – Open to all potential students regardless of their chosen program, synagogue or school affiliation. For more information - click here>>

Canadian Zionist Federation Scholarships – Various scholarships for study in Israel. Please inquire by calling 514-739-7300 x3100

Max and Lena Sharp Foundation of Shaarei Shomayim Congregation – Available to members and friends of Shaarei Shomayim. For more information - click here >>

Dennis Waldman Foundation for Jewish Education – Open to Canadian students in their graduating year from either a Jewish or a public secondary school who intend to pursue university-level study. In either case, the applicant must provide a demonstrated history of involvement in Jewish communal life. For more information - click here >>

Scholarship exclusively for British students

United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) – UJIA develops informed, confident Jews who are inspired by Israel, and supports vulnerable communities in Israel. As part of our programme, UJIA provides means-tested bursaries for Israel Gap Year programs, including BIG IDEA Gap Year in Israel, to help ensure that financial constraints do not prevent young people from experiencing a long term programme in Israel. For more information - click here>>

Personal Fundraising

Encourage friends, family, supporters of Israel, and anyone who will listen to help you raise funds towards your trip! There are several ways which you can generate contributions towards your trip (some of which are even tax-deductible for the donors):

Fund My Travel

If you are ready and excited to start planning your trip, but discouraged by a financial roadblock, BIG IDEA Gap Year programs in Israel has another solution for you. FundMyTravel, who provides an online platform where you can fundraise for your meaningful travel experience. You create a campaign page, complete a brief profile to build trust, add a video and tell your story! FundMyTravel has a team of dedicated staff who want to help campaigns reach their fundraising goals. They can provide tips and insights on the best ways to spread your word and offer sharing tools to get your campaign greater exposure through social media and email. To start funding yourself - Click Here >>

JNF - Plant Your Way To Israel

Sponsored by the Jewish National Fund, you simply sell trees to be planted in Israel by JNF. Half of the funds raised will be awarded to you towards your Israel program tuition. Contributions are tax-deductible. For more information, Click Here >>

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