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Israel Government Fellows (IGF)

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Jewish Young Adults
for Fellowships to Learn about the Israeli Government

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Grants of $2,000 to USA, Canada, and International young Jewish college graduates to attend a fellowship and learn about the Israeli government. The fellowship program combines internships in government ministries and related organizations with Hebrew-language studies, trips around the country, and educational seminars. The 10-month program is based in Jerusalem.

The Israel Government Fellows program of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center is a unique partnership between the Begin Center and the Israeli government in which participants intern in various government offices in conjunction with an educational program focusing on social, economic, and political issues facing Israel. The program is a prestigious initiative, highly regarded by the institutions of government that work with the program and that receive the fellows as interns. Participants on the program work with senior government officials and are exposed to high-profile figures in Israeli political and cultural life.

IGF is the only existing program of its kind for non-Israelis and is available for Jews ages 22-30 with at least a Bachelor’s degree. Individuals seeking a unique opportunity to experience 10 months of professional and personal development in Israel, are invited to reach out and to apply.

This program provides participants with invaluable work experience and leadership training, which will be transferrable to future employment and will be impressive additions to any CV. It is a unique opportunity for aspiring Jewish leaders to acquire new skills while contributing to Israeli politics and society, to learn about Israeli history and culture, and to strengthen their connection to the Jewish state.

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GrantWatch ID#: 167768

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The cost of the program is $11,000. All Fellows receive an automatic $2,000 grant from the Begin Center.

Term of Contract:

IGF’s 15th Session will be held over 10 months: September 2020 - June 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:
-Age 22-30
-Fluent English
-Bachelor’s degree plus work experience or a Master’s Degree (Different internship opportunities will be available depending on the level of academic achievement and the nature of work experience).

IGF follows the application rules set by MasaIsrael, and therefore applicants can have Israeli citizenship but cannot be residents of Israel.

Pre-Application Information:

The application process for the 15th Session of Israel Government Fellows is now open. The next application deadline is January 31, 2020.

Applications received after the Round 2 application deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis according to availability

Round 1 Application Deadline: January 31, 2020.
Applications will be accepted for FREE!

Round 2 Application Deadline: March 31, 2020
Applications will be accepted at a 50% discount.

IGF places great importance on the references provided by previous employers, professors, academic supervisors, community leaders or shlichim (Israeli community representatives).

A $100 non-refundable registration fee (included in program cost if accepted) and 3 Letters of Recommendation (work/internship, academic, community) are required when submitting an application.

The cost of the program is $11,000. See details here:

The program and internships all take place in English.

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Application forms may be emailed to:

Michal Moore

Email is preferred, but applicants may also send their application via post:
Israel Government Fellows Program
Menachem Begin Heritage Center
6, Nahon St.
Jerusalem, 94110

Tel: +972 2 5652027/1
From the US: 212-444-9680

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