Fulbright MA Degree Fellowships

Program Overview

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The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) plans to award up to 7 Master's degree grants to students for the 2020-2021 academic year (October 2020-June 2021).

This program is designed to allow Bachelor's degree holders to pursue a One year Master's degree at an Israeli institution of higher education. Holders of one Master's degree may apply for a second in a different field to the one they received.

All nominees must receive a decision from the university by March 15, 2020, and inform USIEF whether or not they have been accepted.

Please email fbstudent@iie.org  should any delays occur in the receiving of the acceptance form.

Information on the application and degree requirements for each institution is available through their websites, which are linked below:

 

Tel Aviv University

 

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

 

University of Haifa

 

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

In addition to applying for the Fulbright fellowship, each candidate must apply to the degree program through the university's application system. Receiving the Fulbright fellowship is contingent upon acceptance to the degree program. In the case in which the applicant has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship, but was not offered admission to the university, the Fulbright fellowship will be rescinded. 

Grant Benefits

  • Full tuition fees for the MA degree paid directly to the institution
  • A living stipend for the full academic year of $15,000
  • Limited health insurance for the grantee

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application (permanent resident status is not sufficient).
  • Individuals already residing in Israel are not eligible to apply for a grant.
  • Holders of Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees may apply for post-graduate student fellowships. Those still engaged in Bachelor's degree studies at the time of application are eligible, if they will complete their studies and receive their degrees prior to the planned commencement date of their fellowships. 
  • Candidates who have already completed all the requirements for receipt of a doctoral degree by the application deadline are also not eligible to apply. For Postdoc fellowships in Israel, please check the available Fulbright scholar grants on the website.
  • Applicants who have not earned a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, but who have extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project, may be considered. In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional study and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
  • Candidates must be in good health. All applicants selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be activated.
  • Prior conviction or current indictment for a felony may result in disqualification.
  • Applications involving travel, research, or study in the West Bank or Gaza will not be considered.

Evaluation Criteria

Receiving the Fulbright fellowship is contingent upon acceptance to the degree program. If a candidate is awarded a Fulbright fellowship, but not offered admission to the university, the Fulbright fellowship will be rescinded.    

  • Academic excellence is the primary criterion for the evaluation of candidates.
  • Leadership qualities are an important evaluation criterion.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not had substantial, recent experience Israel.
  • Hebrew/Arabic language proficiency is not an evaluation criteria.
  • Possession of skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Israel is an important evaluation criterion.

Application Procedures

Applicants must apply to the university parallel to the Fulbright scholarship application submission. Please follow the universities timeline while submitting your application to Fulbright.

At-large applicants (i.e., those not currently enrolled as students) must submit their applications directly to the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Candidates currently enrolled as students at an institution of higher learning must submit their applications through their college/university. On-campus submission deadlines are usually in the first half of September. For full details regarding the on-campus application process, students should contact the Fulbright Program Adviser on their campuses. The names and contact details of campus Fulbright Program Advisers are listed on IIE’s website.

Timetable for 2020/2021

Application deadline October 8, 2019
National Screening Committee (NSC) timeline November 20 – Dec 11, 2019