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Fellowships to Israel Students to Study Toward Master's Degrees at USA Institutions of Higher Education

Fulbright Outreach Master's Degree Fellowships


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United States - Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/13/23 Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to Israel students to begin a master’s degree at a USA university during the upcoming academic year. The fellowship program is open to Israelis who are of Arab or Ethiopian descent. Funding is intended to promote cultural understanding between Israel and the USA. Consideration will be given to students pursuing degrees in any discipline, with the exception of those that require clinical activities and hands-on contact with patients.

Candidates who have been accepted to the Fulbright Outreach Program can choose between two placement tracks. For details, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

  • Track 1: Self Placement
  • Track 2: IIE Placement

Grant Benefits:

  • Tuition and fees for a maximum of two years;
  • Monthly maintenance allowance, fixed according to IIE estimates, for a maximum of two years for the grantee only;
  • Books and equipment allowance;
  • Round trip airfare from Israel to the US academic institution for the grantee only;
  • Basic health insurance for the grantee only for the duration of the grant;
  • J1/J2 visa administration;
  • Pre-departure orientation meeting in Israel;
  • A support agency in the U.S. that assists with visas, events and networking.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Academic excellence.
  • Leadership qualities.
  • Demonstrable ambassadorial skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Israel. Fulbright fellows serve as cultural ambassadors and should be prepared to speak about their countries, cultures and research to academic and community groups.
  • Potential for gaining value from the program.
  • English language proficiency.
  • Since the aim of the Fulbright Program is to foster cultural understanding between the US and Israel, preference will be given to applicants who have not had a substantial recent academic experience in the United States or another English-speaking country.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility Criteria:
- Israeli citizens of Arab origin or of Ethiopian origin are eligible. Dual American-Israeli citizens or permanent residents of the United States are not eligible to apply.
- Candidates will be considered without regard to race, religion, gender, age, and/or physical impairment.
- Candidates must be resident in Israel at the time of application and must continue to be resident in Israel until the beginning of their studies in the United States as Fulbright Outreach Fellows. Candidates working, residing, or studying outside of Israel are not eligible to apply.
- Students who have already begun their program of studies in the United States or who are planning to begin study in the U.S. before the 2024 Fall semester are not eligible to apply.
- Those who have already been awarded Bachelor’s degrees and students who will complete their Bachelor’s degree studies during the 2022/2023 academic year are eligible to apply. Selected candidates will be required to provide proof that they have been awarded a Bachelor’s degree by December 31, 2023.
- Students in medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing and other programs which involve treatment of patients are not eligible for Fulbright grants.
- Candidates who have applied on two occasions in the past and whose applications have not been accepted are not eligible to reapply.
- Candidates invited for an interview must submit a recent Duolingo English Test score of a minimum 115.
- After the nomination process, selected candidates, including those who have studied in English-speaking countries, must submit a recent TOEFL score by November 20, 2023. ETS is offers a TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center. Please be sure to note that your score should be sent to USIEF (Fulbright Israel), code 5373, and to IIE, code 2326. Visit the TOEFL website for further information.
- After the nomination process, certain selected candidate will have to submit a GRE/GMAT score. When registering for the test, be sure to note that your score should be sent to USIEF (Fulbright Israel), code 5373, and to IIE, code 2326. Visit the GRE website/GMAT website for further information.
- Prior to their departure, nominees must provide proof of financial coverage for all expenses exceeding the grant, according to IIE's guidelines.
- 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.

Pre-Application Information
The highest-ranked candidates will be invited for an interview. All interviews are held on the same day. In order to be considered for an award, applicants must be available for interview in person on the date fixed by Fulbright Israel (USIEF).

- Earliest date for submission of applications: March 20, 2023
- Final deadline for submission of applications: June 13, 2023
- Academic referees review applications: July/ August 2023
- Interview day for finalists: September 2023
- Candidates notified of results: September 2023
- Placement process begins: September-October 2023
- J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board approves selection of candidates: October 2023
- Nominees notified if accepted to studies by American universities: Feb-April 2024
- Program Fellows begin studies in the United States: August 2024, Fall semester

Term of Contract
Fulbright Outreach Program Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding students planning to begin Master’s degree studies at American universities in the fall semester of the 2024/2025 academic year.

Funding is for a maximum of two years for the grantee only.

Awards cannot be deferred to the following academic year.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Besan Asbi
Tel: 03-5213805

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