We believe the Jewish community is only as strong as its professionals and leaders, and we believe in investing in their growth. Every year, we select up to 30 graduate students who are pursuing careers within the Jewish nonprofit world for the fellowship program. Each fellow will receive a scholarship toward earning their degree, engage in innovative seminars, and build relationships with a cohort of future Jewish leaders. Both prospective and current students are welcome to apply.
The fellowship offers a range of scholarships, all of which are intended for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the Jewish nonprofit sector. In addition, we offer scholarships that are specifically geared toward students who wish to pursue a career with UJA-Federation of New York. Scholarship availability varies based on merit and need, and applicants will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible.
Fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years and must be applied toward tuition. All accepted fellows will participate in the UJA Graduate Fellowship cohort. More information about the types of scholarships offered can be found below.
UJA offers scholarships for students interested in working within one of our partner agencies, grantees, day schools, or synagogues. We consider applicants pursuing graduate degrees in:
Please contact us to determine whether your program is eligible for consideration. This is an opportunity to receive a scholarship of up to $7,500 a year for up to two years.
In order to apply for a scholarship, applicants must:
Fellowship Requirements Include:
Learning Seminars: Our community of learners is diverse, and each fellow brings a different lens to their work. Let’s learn from and with each other. Participate in six learning seminars on topics relevant to work in the Jewish nonprofit sector. Seminars will take place six times a year in various locations.
Community Engagement: We want our fellows to have their ears on the ground and engage with community as they learn in the classroom. Students required by their program to intern, and who have at least one year of internship remaining in their program, will be required to intern with a Jewish nonprofit organization, Jewish day school, or synagogue in the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, or Westchester. This is particularly relevant for social work students. Fellows with no New York intern or work requirement will be required to engage in a community event, site visit, or volunteer opportunity three times during the academic year. Volunteer on MLK Day. Learn at BASE Hillel. Attend an antipoverty conference at UJA. A full list of suggestions and guidelines will be provided for fellows to select. In year two, students without a work or internship requirement will teach a course of approximately six sessions to donors, staff, clients, or lay leaders at UJA or at a partner agency.
Commitment to the Jewish Nonprofit Sector: Our goal is to develop high-quality professionals for work in the Jewish nonprofit sector. Fellows will commit to at least one year of employment after graduation within a Jewish nonprofit organization, Jewish day school, or synagogue, preferably in the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, or Westchester.
In addition to general scholarship, we also offer scholarships for students who are interested in a career with UJA:
ERNEST W. MICHEL SCHOLARSHIP
The Ernest W. Michel scholarship is available to an exceptional graduate student who is working or preparing to work at UJA. This scholarship of up to $20,000 per year (a total of $40,000) was established in honor of Ernie Michel, z’’l, a past chief executive officer of UJA. By accepting a Michel scholarship, the recipient agrees to complete their internship or work at UJA during graduate school and to work for a minimum of two years at UJA post-graduation.
UJA-FEDERATION WIENER SCHOLARSHIP
The Wiener Scholarship is available to graduate students who are preparing for a career at UJA. This is a partial scholarship of up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of two years. Eligible students include those who are enrolled in social work programs or studying community organization, social administration, or advanced generalist practice, as well as those studying toward an M.P.A. If you are studying in another program, and are interested in working for a federation, please contact us to determine whether your program is eligible for consideration. Ideally, students will complete two years of internship at UJA — one year in a fundraising department and one year in a planning and program-development department. If required by their academic institution, students may complete their placement at one of UJA’s partner agencies. The scholarship requires a two-year work commitment at UJA following graduation. Applicants must be committed to macro-level practice.