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Presidential Merit Scholarship*

This scholarship is made available by the President of the University of Haifa. To be eligible, candidates have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or the equivalent. The transcript submitted with the application for admission to the International School will be used to assess eligibility for merit-based aid. In addition, please submit the following items:

  • Personal Statement: The Presidential Scholars Program is intended for potential leaders in their respective fields. Please write a one page statement explaining how your study at the University of Haifa will contribute to your role as a future leader in your chosen field.
  • Resume including a list of awards and honors received 

In order to submit an application for the Presidential Merit Scholarship, the student must have applied for admission and been accepted to the University of Haifa. You are welcome to submit an application for the Presidential Merit Scholarship at the time you submit your application for admission.

Recipients of Presidential Merit Scholarship from the University of Haifa are required to participate in the Volunteer Program while they are in Haifa.  In addition, they will be expected to serve as ambassadors for the University of Haifa for the year following their return to their home countries. As ambassadors they will be expected to promote the University of Haifa via participation in Israel program fairs, visits to Hebrew classes and other relevant groups on campuses, and telephone and e-mail contact with potential applicants.

Presidential Merit Scholarship Application


University of Haifa Need Based Scholarship 

Each year, the University of Haifa awards need based scholarships to students. All students seeking financial assistance are encouraged to apply. 

In addition to the scholarship application form, students must submit aletter explaining his/her financial situation.

*U.S. Applicants Only:  Copy of your Student Aid Report.  (The Student Aid Report is received after completing the FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  For information about completing the FAFSA please visit Be sure to list the University of Haifa on your FAFSA.  The University of Haifa's Federal School Code is G10456. Please note, even though the FAFSA online system might say it sends a copy to the University of Haifa, it does not actually send copies to foreign schools. As such, please provide a copy in your scholarship application to the University of Haifa.)The FAFSA forms are submitted to us for information only. You do not need to actually apply for Federal Loans.

Your application will be returned to you if any pertinent information is left blank or if you do not submit all requested supporting documentation by the deadline stated in the guidelines.The Scholarship Committee will not look at a scholarship application unless the applicant has completed his or her application to the International School and has been accepted.The application deadlines are as follows: 

Full Year and Fall Semester:          April 15
Spring Semester:                            November 15
Summer Programs:                        May 15

Scholarship Application

MASA Scholarship Program

The Jewish Agency for Israel in partnership with the Israeli government is proud to offer a scholarship opportunity entitled "MASA," which means "Journey" in Hebrew. The program is designed to provide financial assistance to Jewish students who want to participate in a long-term Israel program (minimum of five months, meaning either fall and spring semester or one semester plus Intensive Ulpanbefore the start of semester). Jewish students ages 18-30 are eligible for the scholarship. 

All eligible students are guaranteed a scholarship for their long-term program in Israel. The amount of the scholarship depends on the student's age, country of origin, and financial background. Please click hereto visit the MASA website and to find out exactly how much scholarship you are eligible to receive.

Students can apply for a MASA scholarship by completing the application on the MASA website. Upon completion of the application, a PDF file of the application will be sent to you via e-mail. You will need to print the completed application, sign it, and then return the scholarship application to the International School at the University of Haifa. The International School will then confirm your acceptance to the program and send the application to the Jewish Agency. In order to qualify for this scholarship, you must have already completed your application to the International School at the University of Haifa and been accepted. You are welcome to submit your MASA scholarship application to the University of Haifa at the same time as your application for admission.

MASA applications must be received by the MASA office no less than 60 days before the start of the program. Because applications must first be sent to the International School, students should plan to have their application received in Haifa no later than 70 days before the start of the program. All students who receive a scholarship from MASA are required to study Hebrew and participate in the Volunteer Programas well as social activities.

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Cultural and Scientific Relations Division of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarships for the University of Haifa's Intensive Summer Ulpan as well as the year overseas program or a research grant. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of one of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada (Quebec Province), China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.
  • Hold a B.A. or B.Sc. Degree (or higher) and have a good record of academic achievement.
  • Be a citizen of the country where he/she applies for the scholarship and be under the age of 35.

Preference will be given to research students and/or applicants who intend to study Israeli or Jewish-related subjects. Knowledge of the English or Hebrew language is required. Scholarships to the Ulpan include the cost of tuition, living expenses, health insurance, social activities, and housing. Scholarships for year-long studies include the cost of tuition, living expenses, and health insurance. To learn more about the scholarship, and to download an application, please visit the websiteof the Israeli Foreign Ministry. If you have questions regarding the scholarship, please e-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

American Zionist Movement Helyn B. Reich Scholarship

Each year, the American Zionist Movement grants scholarships to a limited number of students who demonstrate past pro-Israel activity and a commitment to future involvement with Israel and the Jewish community. Financial need will also be considered, though more emphasis will be placed on merit.


  1. Applicants must be American and studying at an American college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  2. Applicants must have been accepted to study in Israel at Ben-Gurion University, University of Haifa, or Tel Aviv University for a minimum of one semester (Preference given to students attending for a full year).
  3. Applicants must be actively engaged with pro-Israel activities on their college campus and/or Jewish community in the United States.

Recipients of the Helyn B. Reich Scholarship will be expected to remain involved with the American Zionist Movement following their return to the United States.  

The scholarship application must be filled out online on the AZM website. The deadline to apply is June 8.

American Jewish League for Israel

The American Jewish League for Israel provides up to $2,000 for an American student to spend the year in Israel attending one of seven universities, including the University of Haifa. Scholarships are based on merit. To learn more about the scholarship, and to download an application, please visit the websiteof the American Jewish League for Israel.

Bernice and Gordon Brown Scholarships

This scholarship is open to Montreal residents who have demonstrated academic excellence and community involvement. Students must study for a full year at the University of Haifa. Preference will be given to students who have not been to Israel. Candidates must plan to return to Montreal to participate in the Jewish community. Please see the websitefor more details.

U.S. Federal Financial Aid

The University of Haifa participates in the United States Department of Education Student Financial Assistance Programs.

The University of Haifa's OPE Identification number is 01045600 or G10456.

American students who are applying for a full degree MA Program at the University of Haifa might be eligible for Federal loans.

Please contact Karen Doryoseph at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Other Financial Aid Resources

We strongly recommend that students applying to the MA programs explore the following scholarship opportunities:

  • The financial aid office of your home university 
  • The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and the David L. Boren International Scholarshipoffered by the International Institute of Education Tel: (800) 618-NSEP (toll-free) or (202) 326-7697 Fax: (202) 326-7698 E-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • The Rotary International- Ambassadorial Scholarships
  • Your local Jewish Federation or Jewish Community Center
  • Your local synagogue, church or mosque
  • Your local Israel Aliyah Centeror Israeli Embassy
  • Jewish organizations on your campus including Hillel
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (TheDAAD) - Study Abroad Scholarships for German Students
  • The Balassi Institute (Hungarian Scholarship BoardOffice) - Study Abroad Scholarships for Hungarian Students  
  • "Plant Your Way to Israel" run by the Jewish National Fund
  • The Global Studies Foundationoffers scholarships for American Students who want to pursue foreign language training and academic studies.
  • The Boren Award for U.S. undergrad and graduate students interested in International Study Abroad:

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