The Wiener Center for Leadership and Learning is committed to promoting excellence within UJA-Federation of New York's network of agencies, as well as synagogues and day schools in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester, by offering a full range of educational and professional-development opportunities for current and prospective Jewish not-for-profit professionals. Through our UJA-Federation of New York Graduate Fellowship, we help prepare graduate students for careers in the Jewish not-for-profit sector by providing funding and educational opportunities that in turn enrich our entire community. As fellows, students will receive scholarships toward their graduate degrees, participate in educational and professional-development seminars, and form relationships in a strong cohort of future Jewish not-for-profit professional leaders.
Our Graduate Fellowship Program offers a range of scholarships. Most of our scholarships are intended for students who are interested in interning and/or working in our network of agencies, day schools, and synagogues. We also offer scholarships that are specifically for students who wish to pursue a career at UJA-Federation of New York. Applicants will be considered for all scholarships, with the exception of the Ernest W. Michel FEREP Fellowship, for which you must apply separately. All accepted applicants will be members of the UJA-Federation of New York Graduate Fellowship cohort. See below for more information about our scholarships.
About the Scholarships
Scholarships for Students Pursuing a Career in the Jewish Not- For-Profit Sector
UJA- Federation of New York offers scholarships for students interested in working in our network of agencies, day schools, and synagogues.
We will consider applicants who are pursuing graduate degrees in:
- Cantorial studies
- Clinical psychology
- Jewish education
- Nonprofit business administration
- Nonprofit management
- Public administration
- Rabbinic ordination
- Social work
- Special education
To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must:
- Have an interest in interning and/or working in New York’s Jewish not-for-profit sector
- Study in the New York area
- Attend or plan to attend school full time
- Be United States citizens or permanent residents
- Be available some evenings and one to two Sundays to attend educational seminars
Fellowship requirements include:
- Interning and/or working at least 10 hours a week within UJA-Federation's network of agencies or within any synagogue or day school in the five boroughs of New York City, in Long Island, or in Westchester throughout the duration of your scholarship.
- Participating in a number of educational seminars throughout the year to grapple with some of the key challenges facing the organized Jewish community.
- Committing to at least two years of employment within UJA-Federation’s network of agencies, or within area synagogues and day schools, after graduation. (This requirement is waived for rabbinical and cantorial students.)
- For rabbinical and cantorial students: In your first year you are required to intern and/or work, as described above. During your second year, our fellowship requires that you teach a course of approximately six sessions to donors, staff, or lay leaders at UJA-Federation or a network agency.
Internships are also available for undergraduate and graduate students.
Fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years and must be used toward tuition. If you meet the requirements outlined above, we encourage you to apply. By completing our application, you will be considered for the UJA-Federation of New York Graduate Fellowship.
Scholarships for Students Pursuing a Career at UJA-Federation of New York
We offer three scholarships for students interested in a career at UJA-Federation of New York.
- UJA-Federation Wiener Scholarship
The Wiener Scholarship is available to graduate students preparing for a career at UJA-Federation of New York. This is a partial scholarship of up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of two years. It is open to students at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work and Columbia University-Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) social work students majoring in community organization, social administration, and advanced generalist practice, as well as students studying toward an M.P.A. in the dual-degree program between Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. If you are studying toward an M.P.A. or M.S.W. at another program, please contact us to determine whether your program is eligible for consideration.
Wurzweiler and Wagner-Skirball students must complete two years of field placement at UJA-Federation of New York — one year in a fundraising department and one year in a planning and program-development department. Columbia-JTS students must complete one year of field placement in a network agency and the second year of field placement at UJA-Federation, divided between fundraising and program planning. The scholarship requires a two-year work commitment at UJA-Federation following graduation. Applicants must be committed to macro-level practice.
- Ernest W. Michel FEREP Fellowship
This fellowship was established in honor of Ernest W. Michel, UJA-Federation of New York executive vice president emeritus, to fund professional training for exceptionally promising graduate students preparing for a career in Jewish federation work. The Michel Fellowship is a designated Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program (FEREP) scholarship granted in conjunction with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) FEREP Scholarship Program, and provides tuition for study at participating nonprofit management and social work schools that offer degrees leading to work in Jewish not-for-profit service. Applicants must be referred by the JFNA FEREP committee and must make a commitment to be employed for two years at UJA-Federation following graduation. Learn more or apply.
- Employee Scholarship
UJA-Federation employees who are college graduates and have been employed in a professional position for more than a year at UJA-Federation may qualify for partial scholarships to attend a graduate school program that is relevant for the scope of their position. This includes, but is not limited to, graduate degrees in nonprofit management, nonprofit business administration, public administration, and social work.