About Masa Israel
Masa Israel is a project of the State of Israel and the and Jewish communities around the world, represented by the Jewish Agency and its partners, the Federations of North America, and Keren Hayesod - UIA.
Masa Israel was created to encourage young Jews, ages 18-30, from around the world to build a lasting relationship with Israel, strengthen their Jewish identity, and gain meaningful and beneficial experiences by participating in a 4-10 month program in Israel. Masa, which means “journey” in Hebrew, was officially established in 2003 as an umbrella funding agency. Israel Pathways is an official provider of Masa-funded experiences. Prospective participants must first apply to participate in the Israel Pathways program of their choice prior to receiving Masa Israel funding.
Eligible participants receive minimum grants of $2,400 for a 4-month program and $4,500 for a 10-month program. Additional need-based scholarships also available on a case-by-case basis.
The following service programs qualify for additional funding:
A 5-month service learning program where participants pay $1,300 and receive a stipend for all meals, accommodations, activities, travel seminars and more. Participants may also apply for needs based aid from Masa Israel. In Partnership with Project TEN of the Jewish Agency.
Israel Teaching Fellows
A 10-month service learning program where participants pay $1,000 and receive a stipend for international flights, all meals, accommodations, activities, travel seminars and more. Applicants are not eligible to apply for needs based aid from Masa Israel. In Partnership with Israel's Ministry of Education
To qualify for funding from Masa Israel, applicants must meet the following core criteria:
• Age 18-30
• First time receiving a Masa Israel grant or first time participating in any long term, post-high school Israel experience
• Not Israeli citizens or have left Israel before their 14th birthday and have lived outside of Israel for over four years.
Final eligibility decisions are at the discretion of Masa Israel, however, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact us in advance if you want to clarify your eligibility status. Learn More: Masa Israel Homepage.