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The program is excited to offer a Ruderman Excellence Scholarship to one student each year. The scholarship includes a 5,000 dollar grant as well as a ten day study tour at New York University (NYU). All costs related to the trip are covered by the scholarship; however, the student is responsible for arranging their own health insurance for the duration of the trip and obtaining appropriate visas and a valid passport. Candidates must demonstrate fluency in English to be considered.
The Division of International Relations is happy to announce that two of its students: Siwan Chowaw and Aviv Koltunof have won the Ruderman scholarship for academic year 2015-2016. The scholarship includes 5000 USD and fieldtrip to NYU in the Spring of 2016.
Your application will be returned to you if any pertinent information is left blank or if you do not submit all requested supporting documentation by the deadline stated in the guidelines.The application deadlines are as follows:
Full Year and Fall Semester: April 15
Spring Semester: November 15
Summer Programs: May 15
MASA Scholarship Program
The Jewish Agency for Israel in partnership with the Israeli government is proud to offer a scholarship opportunity entitled "MASA," which means "Journey" in Hebrew. The program is designed to provide financial assistance to Jewish students who want to participate in a long-term Israel program (minimum of five months, meaning either fall and spring semester or one semester plus Intensive Ulpan before the start of semester). Jewish students ages 18-30 are eligible for the scholarship.
All eligible students are guaranteed a scholarship for their long-term program in Israel. The amount of the scholarship depends on the student's age, country of origin, and financial background. Please click here to visit the MASA website and to find out exactly how much scholarship you are eligible to receive.
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 the International School at the University of Haifa. The International School will then confirm your acceptance to the program and send the application to the Jewish Agency. In order to qualify for this scholarship, you must have already completed your application to the International School at the University of Haifa and been accepted. You are welcome to submit your MASA scholarship application to the University of Haifa at the same time as your application for admission.
MASA applications must be received by the MASA office no less than 60 days before the start of the program. Because applications must first be sent to the International School, students should plan to have their application received in Haifa no later than 70 days before the start of the program. All students who receive a scholarship from MASA are required to study Hebrew and participate in the Volunteer Program as well as social activities.
Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Cultural and Scientific Relations Division of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarships for the University of Haifa's Intensive Summer Ulpan as well as the year overseas program or a research grant. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a citizen of one of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada (Quebec Province), China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.
- Hold a B.A. or B.Sc. Degree (or higher) and have a good record of academic achievement.
- Be a citizen of the country where he/she applies for the scholarship and be under the age of 35.
Preference will be given to research students and/or applicants who intend to study Israeli or Jewish-related subjects. Knowledge of the English or Hebrew language is required. Scholarships to the Ulpan include the cost of tuition, living expenses, health insurance, social activities, and housing. Scholarships for year-long studies include the cost of tuition, living expenses, and health insurance. To learn more about the scholarship, and to download an application, please visit the website of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. If you have questions regarding the scholarship, please e-mail:
American Zionist Movement Helyn B. Reich Scholarship
Each year, the American Zionist Movement grants scholarships to a limited number of students 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 merit.
- Applicants must be American and studying at an American college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
- Applicants must have been accepted to study in Israel at Ben-Gurion University, University of Haifa, or Tel Aviv University for a minimum of one semester (Preference given to students attending for a full year).
- Applicants must be actively engaged with pro-Israel activities on their college campus and/or Jewish community in the United States.
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 application must be filled out online on the AZM website. The deadline to apply is June 8.
American Jewish League for Israel
The American Jewish League for Israel provides up to $2,000 for an American student to spend the year in Israel attending one of seven universities, including the University of Haifa. Scholarships are based on merit. To learn more about the scholarship, and to download an application, please visit the website of the American Jewish League for Israel.
Bernice and Gordon Brown Scholarships
This scholarship is open to Montreal residents who have demonstrated academic excellence and community involvement. Students must study for a full year at the University of Haifa. Preference will be given to students who have not been to Israel. Candidates must plan to return to Montreal to participate in the Jewish community. Please see the website for more details.
U.S. Federal Financial Aid
The University of Haifa participates in the United States Department of Education Student Financial Assistance Programs. Students who are enrolled at a US institution of higher education can use their US federal financial aid (Stafford loans, PLUS/SLS loans) to help pay for their education at the University of Haifa. The University of Haifa is not able to provide US federal financial aid directly to students. Instead, you must continue to receive financial aid from your home university. Please visit the financial aid office and/or study abroad office at your home university for more information. Most likely your home university will ask the University of Haifa to sign a consortium agreement. This agreement allows your home university to continue disbursing financial aid while you study abroad at the University of Haifa.
Please note that sudents who are not yet enrolled in a university in the U.S. will not be able to access federal financial aid to study in the International School at the University of Haifa. The University of Haifa's OPE Identification number is 01045600 or G10456.
Please contact Karen Doryoseph at
for more information or to apply.
Other Financial Aid Resources
We strongly recommend that students applying to the MA programs explore the following scholarship opportunities:
- The financial aid office of your home university
- The Rotary International - Ambassadorial Scholarships
- Your local Jewish Federation or Jewish Community Center
- Your local synagogue, church or mosque
- Your local Israel Aliyah Center or Israeli Embassy
- Jewish organizations on your campus including Hillel
- Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (The DAAD) - Study Abroad Scholarships for German Students
- The Balassi Institute (Hungarian Scholarship Board Office) - Study Abroad Scholarships for Hungarian Students
- "Plant Your Way to Israel" run by the Jewish National Fund
- The Global Studies Foundation offers scholarships for American Students who want to pursue foreign language training and academic studies.
- The Boren Award for U.S. undergrad and graduate students interested in International Study Abroad: http://borenawards.org/