Scholarships for Studies in Israel, Canada and US

 

This listing reflects funding opportunities available through Jewish organizations, foundations, groups and educational institutions in the Greater Toronto Area. Many of the scholarships support studying in Israel. You will also find grants for post-secondary education in Canada and the U.S. as well as useful websites noting other sources of potential funding.

 

For Study in Israel 

 

Schulich Leader Scholarships(Israel) | מלגתמנהיגי שוליך
Schulich Leader Scholarships are undergraduate entrance scholarships for students enrolling in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs at 5 participating Israeli universities. Nominees attain eligibility with reference letters of leadership, academic capacity or financial need. Upon verification of eligibility, Nominees can go on to apply any of the five universities that distribute ten scholarships each. 
*Nominees must be Israeli citizens and are nondenominational 
Contact: info@uja.schulichleaders.com | www.schulichleaders.co.il
Amount: ₪120,000 for Engineering scholarships (25) and ₪90,000 for Science, Technology or Math scholarships (25)
Deadline: mid-July (Technion only) and mid-August

 

Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto
- Associated Hebrew Schools Scholarship Program
Post Secondary Judaic Studies
For study in approved schools and universities in Israel.
Contact: Shauna Kipper​
Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto
252 Finch Avenue West, Toronto M2R 1M9
905-889-3998 x 544​
skipper@ahschools.com
Amount: Please enquire
 

- Associated Teacher Training Award
Awarded to candidates who plan a career in Hebrew studies and are enrolled in an approved program in Israel.
Contact: Shauna Kipper
Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto
252 Finch Avenue West, Toronto M2R 1M9
905-889-3998 x 544​
skipper@ahschools.com
Amount: Please enquire

 

Aliza Flatlow Memorial Fund
For those studying a year in Israel and who need financial assistance.
Apply online  http://alisafund.org
Amount: please inquire
Contact:  Dr. Wallace Greene, Executive Secretary

 

Azrieli Fellows Program
Open to scholars who wish to undertake postdoctoral research in Israel in any field of study.  Eligibility:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have completed a doctorate at a Canadian university.  The fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence.
Amount: Up to $40,000
Deadline:  First week in November
Contact:  The Azrieli Foundation - Azrieli Fellows International 
416-322-5928 
www.azrielifoundation.org/fellows


Beth Tzedec Congregation Men's Club Scholarship
The scholarship is open to all students pursuing higher Jewish education.  Program of study, ultimate benefit to the Jewish community and financial need are the key criteria.
Hershr@rogers.com

 

Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel
Students entering their senior year of high school will travel to Israel for a five-week period of study and sightseeing. Contact: 518-475-7212
www.bronfman.org

 

Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University Scholarships
For information on all scholarships including amounts and deadlines, contact:
Moshik Galanty
3080 Yonge Street, Suite 3020, Toronto  M4J 3N1
(416) 485-8000
mgalanty@cfhu.org
www.cfhu.org

 

 Open to students applying to study at the Hebrew University

- Asper National Scholarship Fund
Open to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants of Canada. Based on financial need.

- Israel Becker Memorial Scholarship
For a TanenbaumCHAT graduate applying to a one year program in Israel. Involvement in extra-curricular activities will be taken into consideration as well as financial need.

- Joe Ain Memorial Scholarship
Available to Canadian students who have participated in the March of the Living. Attach a separate written request for consideration to application.

- OSOTF Scholarships
Given annually to one or more students from the Ontario universities listed below in any area of study for full-time enrolment at Hebrew University.  Financial need must be demonstrated.  Apply directly to the university.

a. McMaster University
Elizabeth Seymour
905-525-9140 x 24528
seymour@mcmaster.ca

 

b. Queens University
awards@queensu.ca
www.queensu.ca/

 

c. University of Toronto
416-978-2190
http://apply.utoronto.ca/adm-awards/html/awards/scholarships.htm

 

d. University of Guelph
519-824-4120 x 56032
mbertolo@uoguelph.ca
http://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c09/index.shtml

 

e. University of Ottawa
613-562-5734
loansandawards@uOttawa.ca 
http://www.registrar.uottawa.ca/

 

f. York University
416-736-5823
cjs@yorku.ca

 

Hebrew Culture of Canada Dr. Leon Aryeh Kronitz Memorial Scholarship
Directed towards recent high school graduates, university students or graduate students pursuing Teacher Training or General studies in Israel. Email for application.
czf.national@federationcja.org
514-739-7300 x 3100
Amount:  Varies
Deadline:  Please inquire  

 

Dennis Waldman Foundation for Jewish Education
For study in Israel.  Essay and interviews are required.
Download application from website
www.waldmanfoundation.org
Deadline:  early May

 

Dr. Arthur Wolfish Medical Scholarship
To study medicine at a university in Israel. Also funds an initiative to study for 3 months at an institution of choice.
Contact:  Dr. Rose Geist, Israel Medical Association
416-781-9562
788 Marlee Avenue, Toronto M6LB 3K1
Amount: Please inquire
Deadline:  Please inquire

 

Elite Academy High Schools in Israel
For high school students.
Contact:  The Jewish Agency for Israel
1-866-421-8912
www.Elite-Academy.org
Amount:  Varies
Deadline:  Please inquire

 

Emunah Scholarship
Emunah gives three scholarships to girls in their last year of high school who will be spending a school year in a religious Zionist seminary in Israel.  For more  information contact the Emunah Women of Toronto office 416-636-0036

 

Haifa University Scholarship
Complete information and scholarship application can be downloaded from their website
http://overseas.haifa.ac.il/

 

Israel  And Golda Koschitsky Centre For Jewish Studies Scholarships, York University
All scholarships are open to full-time York students who has completed at least one full year at York and who will be studying in Israel.  Scholarships are generally not awarded to students for whom the year in Israel will be their last at York.  For application information, visit http://sfs.yorku.ca/scholarships/
 

- Arnold and Leona Finkler Scholarship
Given annually to a York student participating in the York University / Bar-Ilan University academic exchange. Apply directly to Canadian Friends of Bar-Ilan admin@cfbiu.org

 

- Bar-Ilan University Scholarship
Given annually to a York student enrolling in the new one-year-abroad program at Bar Ilan University. Apply directly to Canadian Friends of Bar Ilan admin@cfbiu.org

 

- Berek and Regina Gertner OSOTF Bursary in Holocaust Studies
Given annually to a graduate or undergraduate student who has demonstrated interest in Holocaust studies by virtue of course work or research projects. The award may be used for study in Israel and is based on financial need.

 

- Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University OSOTF Scholarships
Given annually to one or more York graduate or undergraduate students in any area of study for full-time, semester, or summer study at Hebrew University.  The value of the award is based on financial need. Limited to Ontario residents; must show financial need.

 

- Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University OSOTF Scholarships (incorporating the Berdie and Irvin Cohen Award, the Vera Dolly Denty Award, the Marnie Kimelman Award, and the Louis Manpel Award)  


Given annually to one or more York graduate or undergraduate students in any area of study for full-time, semester, or summer study at Tel Aviv University.  The value of the awards is based on financial need.

 

- Esther Sarick OSOTF Bursaries in Jewish Education and the Arts
Given annually to assist graduate & undergraduate students in the York University archeological field study course in Israel.  Financial need must be demonstrated.

 

- Gertrude and Jack Friedman Memorial Award
Given annually to assist a York University student in Jewish Studies, preferably a graduate student, to pursue a program of study and/or research at an Israeli university.  In the event that in any year no suitable graduate candidate applies, the award may be given to an outstanding undergraduate in the field of Jewish Studies or Jewish Teacher Education.  

 

- Hebrew University Scholarship
Given annually to a York Student for one year's full time study at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.  The value of the award is tuition and room. Preference is given to students currently enrolled at York in Jewish Studies; especially Jewish Teacher Education.

 

- Leonard Wolinsky Scholarships
Given annually to two York undergraduates for one year’s full-time study in an Israeli university.  Preference is given to students currently enrolled at York in Jewish Studies; especially Jewish Teacher Education.


- Leonard Wolinsky OSOTF Scholarships
Given annually to one or more York undergraduate or graduate students for one year's full-time study at an Israeli University.  The award is based on financial need. 

 

- Silber/Frieberg OSOTF Scholarships
Given annually for the support of one or more graduate or undergraduate students for full-time study or research in Israel on the subject of the Holocaust. Apply directly to Canadian Friends of Bar Ilan University, admin@cfbiu.org

 

- Israel Project Paid Summer Fellowship
A unique high powered 9-week paid summer fellowship opportunity.  Those eligible include college, graduate school students in Journalism, Political Science, Judaic Studies or Public Relations programs.  Also open to those beginning their careers. 
202-857-2761
www.israelproject.org


Magbit Canada
For Canadian citizens with dual Israeli citizenship to assist students who are working towards a bachelor's degree in Israel.  The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI) and Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA accept submissions from students who could receive 3,000 shekels toward their tuition.  New immigrants from Canada in the last 5 years could receive additional funds.
Contact:  http://www.magbitcanada.org.il/
Amount:  please inquire
Deadline:  please inquire

 

Magshimim
Open to anyone who is an alumnus of Canadian Young Judaea.  Canadian Young Judaea and the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who have joined together to bring CYJ track to the spring semester of studies for second and third year students. 
Contact:  Josefa Michaelson josefa@youngjudaea.ca or 416-781-5156 x 223 

Marina Goldfarb Yabrov Scholarship
Open to Bialik graduates for an accredited educational institution in Israel.
Contact:  Sonia Shron
416-783-3346
Sshron@bialik.on.ca 
Amount:  $500-$800
 

 

MASA Israel Journey Canada Scholarship Fund
Enables young Jews 18 to 30 to building lasting relationships with Israel.  Provides connections to programs, grants and scholarships towards program fees as well as support activities, workshops and resources in Israel. Offering more than 160 programs.
Contact:  Dani Fine
dfine@ujafed.org
www.masaisrael.org
Amount varies
Deadline:  Depends on program 

 

Mercaz-Canada Conservative Movement Scholarships for Israel Summer Programs 
Scholarships for those attending a Conservative program in Israel.  Congregation must match or exceed amount of scholarship.
Contact: Mercaz Canada
1000 Finch Avenue West, Suite 508, Toronto M3J 2V5
416-667-1717
www.mercaz.ca
Amount:  $200


NCSY Israel Scholarship
For those who are active in NCSY.  Must show financial need.
Contact:  National Conference of Synagogue Youth
905-761-6279 x 229
info@ncsy.ca 
Apply online www.ncsy.ca
Amount: please inquire
Deadline:  Early May

Raphael Recanati International School Scholarships
For a Bachelors, Masters, or Advanced Professional Degree.  
www.rris.idc.ac.il
Amount:  Please inquire
Deadline:  Please inquire

Rabbi Isserman Prize
Awarded to the student of any year who has written the best essay on International or Interracial Relations, as judged by the Chairpersons of the Departments of Political Science and Sociology. Further information:
University of Toronto’s Office of Admissions and Awards
416-978-2190


http://politics.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/awards-scholarships/
Amount:  please inquire

School for Overseas Students of Tel Aviv University
Study for a one year semester of M.A Program at the Tel Aviv University Overseas program.  There is also  a new intensive 6 week summer school in rabbinic literature. Depends on financial need. All courses taught in English and may be eligible for full credit at home universities. 
Contact: Emile Levy majes@post.tau.ac.il
http://humanities.tau.ac.il/jewish_studies/
Amount:  please inquire
Deadline: please inquire

 

Schulich Leader Scholarships for STEM Students
Schulich Leader Scholarships are undergraduate entrance scholarships for students enrolling in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) programs at participating Israeli and Canadian universities. All high schools, secondary schools and CEGEP's in Canada can submit one Schulich Leader Nominee. Nominees can apply their nomination to participating universities in Canada where they have submitted formal applications.
Contact:  www.schulichleaders.com
Amount:  $60,000 each scholarship

 

Jewish Foundation, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Scholarships
- Meyer Gasner/Joe Berman Education Scholarship Fund
Open to residents of the GTA only who are planning a year of study in Israel to further their education.  For those not eligible for a MASA Israel Journey scholarship.
Contact:  Miriam Daniels, 416-635-2883 x 5116
mdaniels@ujafed.org
Amount:  Depends of need


- Morris Pulver Scholarship Fund of Israel and the Hushy Lipton Memorial Scholarship Fund
Open to residents of Canada for study at an Israeli institution of higher learning.  For those not eligible for MASA Israel Journey scholarship.
Contact:  Miriam Daniels, 416-635-2883 x 5116
mdaniels@ujafed.org 
www.jewishfoundationtoronto.com
Amount:  Depends on need
 

 



For Study in Canada

 

Dr. Aaron Nussbaum Award 
For graduates of Robbins Hebrew Academy furthering their Jewish education or planning careers in Jewish education or Jewish communal service.
Contact:  416-224-8737 x 146
Amount:  Please inquire


Dr. Stephen Speisman Bursary
Provides financial support to individuals who are working on a thesis, scholarly article or book in the area of Ontario Jewish history in which records held by the Ontario Jewish Archives are integral to their work. Application is on the Ontario Jewish Archives website.
Contact:  www.ontariojewisharchives.org/speismanbursary.htm
Amount: $500
 

Friends of Yiddish Scholarship
Assistance for studying Yiddish in an accredited post-secondary program for scholarly or professional purpose. Candidate must submit a detailed proposal.
Contact:  Eda-Zimler Schiff edaschiff@rogers,com
Amount:  varies
Deadline:  varies
 

Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies Scholarships
Contact:  The Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies
Concordia University 514-848-2424 x 8760
cjs@alcor.concordia.ca, or, 
Department of Religion - Graduate Secretary
514-848-2424 x 2065
 

a. Institute Fellowships in Canadian Jewish Studies
For M.A. and Ph.D. research at Concordia University

b. Naim Mahlab Fellowship
For graduate work related to anti-semitism. M.A. and Ph.D students eligible
Amount: minimum $7,500

c. Romek Hornstein Memorial Award
For graduate work in Jewish Studies. M.A. and Ph.D. students eligible
Amount: $3,125 or more

d. Wetstein Fellowship
For graduate work in Canadian Jewish studies. M.A. and Ph.D. students eligible
Amount:  $1,250 or more

e. Zipper Family Award $1,000

 

Schulich Leader Scholarships(Canada)
Schulich Leader Scholarships are undergraduate entrance scholarshipsfor students enrolling in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)programs at 20 participating Canadian universities. All high schools, secondaryschools and CEGEP's in Canada can submit one Schulich Leader Nominee.Nominees go on to apply their nomination to compete for one of two (or four)scholarships being provided at each university.
*Nominees must be Canadian citizens and arenondenominational
Contact: info@uja.schulichleaders.com | www.schulichleaders.com
Amount: $80,000 for Engineeringscholarships (25) and $60,000 for Science, Technology and Mathscholarships (25)
Deadline: End of February 

 

Irene Samuel Scholarship
For students studying teacher training and/or Judaic studies.  Must teach in a Jewish school in Canada for 2 years upon completion of studies.
Contact:  National Council of Jewish Women of Canada
1588 Main Street, Suite 118
Winnipeg, MB    R2V 1Y3
1-866-625-9274

 

Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (TanenbaumCHAT) Scholarship
For TanenbaumCHAT graduates in their Year 2, 3 or 4 at University in Engineering
Irv Wilson Memorial Scholarship
info@tanenbaumchatorg

 

Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto
Beth Tzedec Cooper Award
For Cultual/Academic contribution to Jewish Community Life.  TanenbaumCHAT graduates under the age of 30 are invited to apply.
Contact: Samuel Kapustin
skapustin@tanenbaumchat.org


Helen Weisbrod Memorial Scholarship
To enable a high school graduate to attend first year at an accredited Ontario university. Based on financial need.
Contact: National Council of Jewish Women
4700 Bathurst Street, Toronto M2R 1W8
416-633-5100
www.ncjwc-ts.org
Amout: $1,000
Deadline:  Please inquire 

 

Jewish Immigrant Aid Service Scholarships (JIAS)
Includes General Scholarships, John Hirsch Scholarships for the Arts & Marta and Michael Herling Scholarship. For immigrants who have been in Canada for 9 years or less.  Must be enrolled in a post-secondary program or equivalent formal training.  Based on academic excellence, past achievements, potential, financial need and Jewish or other communal activity.
Contact:  Jewish Immigrant Aid Services, National Office
4600 Bathurst Street Toronto
416-630-9029
www.jias.org
Amount:  Varies
Deadline: Mid April

 

- Shindman / ShaRna Scholarships

This scholarship opportunity assists new immigrants to pursue post-secondary education, obtain professional training, or re-certify and upgrade their skills.  To be eligible, applicants must have arrived in Canada in the past 5 years, be current or former clients of JIAS Toronto, and have demonstrated financial need.  Applicants must be enrolling or continuing in a program of studies for the coming term.  Applications are available through our office or online on our website each year at the end of February, and are due in April.  Exact dates are posted each year.

Contact:  JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto
4600 Bathurst Street, Suite 325, Toronto, ON M2R 3V3
416-630-6481
info@jiastoronto.org
Amount:  Varies according to education costs and financial need
Deadline:  April each year (contact JIAS Toronto or visit our website for exact date).

 

- SAJAC  Awards/SAJAC Bursary
Awarded to Jewish children of South African origin who need funding to further their university or college education.
Contact: sajacnews@sympatico.ca
Amount:  Please inquire
Deadline:  End of December

 

- Pera Brina Educational Fund
Established in memory and in honour of women who cherish knowledge, family values and Judaism.  It is available to a woman of South African descent who share these values.  The fund is available for those applying for religious or secular academic values.
For application forms email your name and address to sajacnews@sympatico.ca
Amount:  please inquire
Deadline:  please inquire

 

- The Natie and Esther Maister Bursary
This was established in memory and honour of women who cherish knowledge, family values and Judaism.  It is available to a woman of South African descent who shares these values.  The fund is available for those applying for religious or secular academic values.  An essay has to be submitted to apply for the Pera Brina. For application forms email your name and address to sajacnews@sympatico.ca

- The Pam and Charles Pincus Bursary
The late Pam and Charles Pincus were deeply committed to education, and extraordinarily talented and effective as parents, grandparents and teachers. Their family has established this bursary in their memory to assist a South African Jewish student in pursuing pre-medical studies at a university in Canada.  For applications forms email your name and address to sajacnews@sympatico.ca

 

Pride of Israel - Miriam Peters Scholarship Fund
To financially assist high school students that reside in the Toronto area to further their education at University or College level.  Awards are based on both financial need and academic standing. 
Contact:  416-226-0111
Amount:  please inquire
Deadline:  please inquire

 

Temple Sinai Awards
- Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award 
Ben Steinberg, Composer-in-Residence
Temple Sinai Congregation
416-487-4161
Presented annually by Temple Sinai to a promising young Jewish artist at the threshold of his or her instrumental or vocalist career.
Amount:  Please inquire
Deadline:  Please inquire

 

- Guild of Temple Musicians Young Composers Award
Open to any Jewish musician born on or after 1969.  A composition must be submitted.
Contact:  Ben Steinberg, Temple Sinai Congregation
416-487-4161
Amount: Varies

 


 

For Study in the United States

 

Brandeis University, Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service
Offers generous financial aid including the full-tuition Ribakoff Scholarship to aspiring professionals in Jewish Communal Service.  Learn more about this program, its several graduate degree options and the Eugene Ribakoff Fellowship in Jewish Communal Service.
Contact:  781-736-2990
hornstein@brandeis.edu
www.brandeis.edu/jcs

 

Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program (FEREP)
Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) offers FEREP scholarships for graduate studies in Jewish Communal Service at some of the most prestigious universities in the United States in exchange for a two to three-year commitment to work in the Jewish Federation system. Apply through website, www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=42090
Deadline:  Mid February

 

Jewish Education Leadership Institute
Based on needs.  For graduate students who are seeking administrative positions in the Jewish day school system.  For complete information check website.
www.jeli.org
Contact:  info@jeli.org
Amount:  limited
Deadline:  Please inquire

 

Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture
The mandate of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture at its inception has been the reconstruction of Jewish cultural life around the world after the Shoah. The Foundation is today committed to the creation, intensification and dissemination of Jewish culture worldwide, the development of creating programs to meet the emerging needs of the continuation of creative Jewish life wherever Jewish communities exist.  It does this through its various grant programs including: Doctoral Scholarships, Fellowships in Jewish Culture and Jewish Studies, Post-Rabbinic Scholarships and the International Nahum Goldmann Fellowships program.
www.mfjc.org
Amount:  please inquire
Deadline: please inquire

 

Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program
For careers in Jewish education, Jewish communal service, the rabbinate and Jewish studies.
Contact:  www.wexnerfoundation.org
Amount: Full academic tuition and living stipends
Deadline:  Please inquire 

Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University
Based on financial need, high academic achievement, experience in the area of Jewish communal service.
Contact: Yeshiva University (Canada)
canada@yu.ed 
Amount:  varies
Deadline:  please inquire

 


 

Other Useful Contacts and Websites


Canada Governments Student Loans
Repayable after graduation from university.  Based on financial need.  For applications:  Contact your university's financial aid office, or
Canada Student Loans Programme
Secretary of State
P.O. Box 2090, Postal Station "O"
Ottawa, ON K1P 6C6

www.universities-colleges.org.il 
https://yconic.ca
www.scholarshipscanada.com
https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/PostsecondaryEducation/OSAP/WhatisOSAP/index.htm

 


 

Jewish Free Loan Toronto

 

Offers interest-free loans to Jewish student from the Greater Toronto Area.  For college, university, trade schools.  Undergraduate and Graduate programs.  Includes studies in Israel, www.jewishfreeloan.ca