Fulbright Master's Degree Fellowships

Program Overview

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) plans to award up to 6 grants to students for a Master's degree for the 2020/2021 academic year (October 2020/June 2021).

The fellowship is designed to allow Bachelor's degree holders to pursue a Masters degree at an Israeli Institute of Higher Education. Only one-year Masters programs are eligible. Holders of one Masters degree may apply for a second Masters degree in a different field to the one they received in their first Master's degree. For the application and degree requirements, applicants should refer to the universities' information pages. Currently it is permissible to apply Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University to receive a Fulbright fellowship. Information on the application and degree requirements for each institution is available through their websites, which are linked below):

Tel Aviv University:  Only Master's degrees in the following programs are eligible:        


Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Only Master’s degrees in the following programs are eligible:


In addition to applying for the Fulbright fellowship, each candidate must apply to the degree program through the university's application system. Receiving the Fulbright fellowship is contingent on acceptance to the degree program. In the case, in which the applicant has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship, but was not offered admission at the university, the Fulbright fellowship will be rescinded.                                            

All nominees must receive a decision from the university by March 31st, 2020 and inform USIEF whether they have been accepted or not.

Grant Benefits

  • Full tuition fees for the MA degree (in the sum of $17,000)
  • A living stipend for the full academic year of $13,100
  • Limited health insurance for the grantee
  • Orientation meetings in Israel attendance compulsory and other grantee events during the course of the year

Eligibilty Criteria

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application; permanent resident status is not sufficient.
  • Individuals already residing in Israel are not eligible to apply for a grant.
  • Holders of Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees may apply for post-graduate student fellowships. Those still engaged in Bachelors degree studies at the time of application are eligible, if they will complete their studies and receive their degrees prior to the planned commencement date of their fellowships.  Those who have already completed all the requirements for receipt of a doctoral degree by the application deadline are not eligible to request post-graduate student fellowships.
  • Applicants who have not earned a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, but who have extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project, may be considered. In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional study and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
  • 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.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Academic excellence is the primary criterion for the evaluation of candidates.
  • Leadership qualities are an important evaluation criterion.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not had substantial, recent experience Israel.
  • Hebrew/Arabic language proficiency is not an evaluation criteria.
  • Possession of skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Israel is an important evaluation criterion.

Application Procedures

The M.A. degree Program is administered for the Department of State by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  Details on the program and on submission of applications may be found on the IIE website here.

Applicants must apply to the university parallel to the Fulbright scholarship application submission. Please follow the universities timeline while submitting your application to Fulbright. For more questions, contact Noa Turgeman; NoaT@fulbright.org.il 

At-large applicants (i.e., those not currently enrolled as students) must submit their applications directly to the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The final date for receipt of at-large applications for 2020/2021 by IIE will be in October 06, 2019.

Candidates currently enrolled as students at an institution of higher learning must submit their applications through their college/university. On-campus submission deadlines are usually in the first half of September.  For full details regarding the on-campus application process, students should contact the Fulbright Program Adviser on their campuses.  The names and contact details of campus Fulbright Program Advisers are listed on IIE’s website.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be at a disadvantage if I have studied previously in Israel?
Yes. While applicants who have had a previous Israel experience may receive awards, preference will be given to applicants without such experience.
May my spouse apply for a Fulbright grant at the same time that I apply?

For further information or inquiries, please contact: 
Noa Turgeman
phone: 03-5172131 ext. 203
e-mail: NoaT@fulbright.org.il

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