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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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Menachem Begin Heritage Center

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

Israel Government Fellows (IGF) is an exclusive and selective Masa Israel program run by the Menachem Begin Heritage Center and endorsed by the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel. IGF seeks to strengthen the connection between the Jewish State and the Diaspora, and to promote global Jewish leadership.

The Fellows are placed in different internships within Israeli Government ministries, NGO’s, and leading policy/research organizations, where they are personally mentored and can use their skills to assist Israel’s policymakers. In addition to the internship, the program has a key educational component, including intensive Hebrew studies, tours in Israel and weekly seminar days in which they get to hear and meet Israeli officials, policymakers, journalists, activists and a wide range of leading public figures. IGF provides Fellows with invaluable work experience and leadership development, focusing on complex issues in Israel today, as well as an opportunity to explore their own connection to Israel and the Jewish people.

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. The program is based in Jerusalem and its duration is 10 months. Individuals seeking a unique opportunity to experience 10 months of professional and personal development in Israel, are invited to reach out and to apply.

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GrantWatch ID#: 167768

Estimated Size of Grant:

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 14th Session will be held September 2019 - June 2020. The program’s duration is ten months.

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 14th Session of Israel Government Fellows is now open.

Applications will be accepted in rounds. Admissions decisions for each round will be sent out within one week of the respective deadline.

Round 1 Application Deadline: February 10, 2019.
Applications will be accepted for FREE!

Round 2 Application Deadline: April 30, 2019
Applications will be accepted for 50% of the regular fee!

Applications received after the Round 2 application deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis according to availability. Applicants will pay the full application fee.

Interested applicants should download an application form or obtain one by contacting the IGF offices. The form requires applicants to provide their academic and employment experience, a personal statement and an academic writing sample. After reviewing the application documents, applicants will be invited to a Skype interview, after which, a final decision of acceptance will be made.

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.

It is important for IGF to make the application as simple, friendly and informative as possible. Therefore please feel free to email Hila with any questions.

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Application forms may be emailed to:

Hila Fridlin
+972 2 5652027/1

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
From the US: 212-444-9680

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