Scholarship Application Deadline:
Scholarship applications for a full year of study or for one semester should be submitted along with all supporting documentation no later than March 9, 2018 for awards to begin in September. Awards will be announced after March 31, 2018. Applications for summer scholarships should be submitted no later then May 1, 2018. Awards will be announced on a rolling admissions basis.
Download the Israel study abroad scholarship application.
- 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.
- 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 study at Hebrew University. The value of the awards is based on financial need and variable to a maximum of $25, 000 for a year of graduate study, $18, 000 for a year of undergraduate study, and $2,500 for summer study. For one semester, the maximum is half the full year sum.
- 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 study at Tel Aviv University. The value of the awards is based on financial need and variable to a maximum of $5,000 for a year of graduate study, $5,000 for a year of undergraduate study, and $1000 for summer study. For one semester of study, the maximum is half the full year sum.
- Leonard Wolinsky Scholarships*
Given annually to two York undergraduates for one year’s full-time study in an Israeli university. The value of the awards is $2500.
- 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 value of the awards is based on financial need and variable to a maximum of $2,500.
- The 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. The value of the award is approximately $900.
- 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. It is based on financial need, and its value is variable to a maximum of $1200.
- The Bar-Ilan University Scholarship***
Given annually to a York student enrolling in the new one-year-abroad program at Bar Ilan University. The value of this award is $1000. (Applications for this scholarship must be sent directly to the Canadian Friends of Bar-Ilan).
- The Arnold & Leona Finkler Scholarship***
Given annually to a York student participating in the York University / Bar-Ilan University academic exchange. The value of the award is $500. (Applications for this scholarship must be sent directly to the Canadian Friends of Bar-Ilan).
- Esther Sarick OSOTF Bursaries in Jewish Studies and the Arts**
Given annually for the support of graduate and undergraduate students in Israel. The usual amount of the award is $500. The maximum sum available is $5000.
York undergraduate students in Israel register and pay tuition to their host university. Credits may be counted towards the York degree.
Graduate students must make appropriate arrangements with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
* For these scholarships, preference is given to students currently enrolled at York in Jewish Studies - especially Jewish Teacher Education.
** Eligibility for these scholarships is limited to Ontario residents, and financial need must be demonstrated.
*** For these scholarships, apply directly to Bar Ilan University.
To obtain university entrance and scholarship applications, please contact the addresses given below. All scholarships are open to any full-time York student, who has completed at least one full year at York; they are generally not awarded to students for whom the year in Israel will be their last at York.
For undergraduates, preference will be given to students completing their second year of full-time studies. The academic record of applicants will be given considerable weight. A minimum B average is usually required in order to be considered.
To qualify, students must meet faculty requirements for study abroad, receive approval of their course of study in Israel from their faculty and major department, and be accepted by an Israeli university.
Selection criteria for the scholarships include academic excellence, participation in university life, seriousness of interest, suitability of the host institution's program for your particular degree requirements, and, where indicated, proof of financial need.
Scholarship Applicants Must Submit:
1. A statement of purpose, outlining the projected program of studies in Israel, explaining how that program complements studies at York.
2. Official transcripts of all university courses taken.
3. Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a York faculty member.
4. For OSOTF scholarships a financial needs statement must also be filed.
Please note that a personal interview may be required.
Contacts for Israeli Universities:
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ms. Kari Zalik
National Student Affairs
Rothberg International School, Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University
3020-3080 Yonge Street, Suite 5024
Toronto, ON, M4N 3P4
Tel: 416 - 485-8000
Fax: 416 - 485-8565
Arnold & Leona Finkler Scholarship Information
Ms. Zahava Glanz
Director, Overseas Students Department
Inquiries for the Year Abroad Program and the various scholarships should be addressed to: Professor Carl Ehrlich, President's Advisory Committee for the York University-Hebrew University Exchange, 7th Floor, York Research Tower, Room 755; Tel. 416-736-5823.