Masa Israel Teaching Fellows operates in several cities across Israel through several trusted program providers who run the fellowship on the ground in Israel. Each provider operates one to three of the fellowship city cohorts, and each offers a slightly different experience – different cities, types of housing, start dates and extra activities.
While you’ll meet and get to know all the Fellows throughout the year, you’ll spend most of the time with your city cohort and cohorts from cities that are run by the same provider. If you have questions about how this affects the fellowship or your experience, get in touch!
Before you apply, we encourage you to learn about the experience and think about a few cities that would be your top choice. You should also have in mind what you’d want your secondary volunteering project to look like, since some cities have specific opportunities you might like to pursue.
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is on a 10-month, hands-on service program which brings exemplary college graduates from English-speaking countries to teach English in Israel. Our goal is to address Israel's educational achievement gap and the widespread underperformance of youth in low-income communities.
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is a Masa Israel Journey program and is made possible by the generous support of the Ministry of Education of the State of Israel. Masa Israel is a joint venture of The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Government of Israel.
Fellows are responsible to pay $1,000 for the full 10-month experience. However, certified teachers will receive 5,500 NIS (~$1,430) compensation per month and other Fellows will receive a 2,500 (~$650) NIS living stipend each month. The $1,000 program fee includes accommodations, Hebrew Ulpan classes, pedagogical orientation, health insurance, trips around Israel, and other enrichment activities. You will be reimbursed up to $1,300 for the cost of your flight upon completion of the program. If your flight to Israel was provided by Birthright Israel, you must submit your ticket home to be reimbursed for your return flight. Please note that you won’t receive a flight reimbursement until you complete the program.
To be eligible, you must:
- Identify as Jewish
- Have a Bachelor's Degree by September 1, 2017
- Not have Israeli citizenship OR if you do, you must have left Israel before the age of 14 and have lived outside of Israel for at least four consecutive years prior to receiving a Masa Israel grant or scholarship
- Have not spent 4 consecutive months or longer in Israel within the 24 month period prior to the start of your chosen Masa program after the age of 18
If you have participated in a four month or longer Israel program since September 2004, you are not eligible for the $1,000 discounted fee. You are still eligible to participate in Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, but you will not receive any subsidy from Masa Israel or Israel’s Ministry of Education. The total cost of Masa Israel Teaching Fellows for Masa Israel program alumni is 50,000 NIS total.
Each city hosting Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is managed by a different program organizer. Applicants should explore each program organizer and city on this website prior to applying.
Netanya Operated by Masa Tlalim
Petach Tikvah Operated by Israel Experience
Ramle-Lod Operated by Destination Israel
Rehovot Operated by Ma’ase Olam
Rishon LeZion Operated by Israel Experience
Be'er Sheva Operated by Masa Tlalim
Ashdod Operated by Destination Israel
Nazareth/Migdal HaEmek Operated by BINA
Rahat Operated by BINA
Beit She'an Operated by Masa Tlalim
Provided you are eligible to participate in the program, admission for Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is rolling, with four application deadlines. Rolling admission dates are as follows:
1st deadline: December 15th
2nd deadline: March 1st
3rd deadline: May 1st
Final deadline: June 15th
Once your application has been submitted, you will be contacted by a recruitment representative who will relay your next steps in the application process.
In this interview, you will speak with a professional from the placement city you selected. You’ll be able to hear more about the day-to-day of the fellowship, ask specific questions, and request to connect with a current or past fellow who was or is placed in that city. You’ll have a chance to discuss your academic and professional history as it relates to the content of the fellowship.
These include a medical form, a State background check or a FBI background check, and proof of your application for the Masa Israel Grant. You should upload your documents after your initial interview, but keep in mind that the first two may take a few weeks to arrange. Documents must be uploaded in order for you to receive a final decision regarding your acceptance.
After all components of your application have been submitted, and all interviews completed, the admissions committee will review your application package and make a final decision. You’ll receive notification via email.
If you are not accepted by your first-choice placement, you may have the opportunity to interview for another placement. You will be notified if this is the case.
If you are accepted as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow, you will have 2 weeks from your notification date to accept your offer and secure your spot, by submitting a $300 non-refundable deposit that will be applied to the program cost of $1000.
You may also choose to defer your acceptance to the following deadline. Please be advised that by deferring your acceptance, you are not guaranteed a spot in the program. However, you will not need to reapply or conduct any further interviews. If you are submitting your application for consideration for the final May 1st deadline, you will not have the option to defer your decision.
Admission for Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is on a rolling basis. We are currently accepting applications from exceptional candidates.
You will work in your school four days a week (Monday – Thursday) for at least five hours a day.
Fellows are committed to working 25 hours and at least 4 days a week. You will get all school and Israeli holidays off, and can take up to 5 additional days off school, subject to pre-approval, for things like visiting family, vacation, etc. If you need to take off additional days beyond the school holidays and the 5 days off, you will need to obtain special permission from Masa Israel. You will also get 15 sick days (no more than 3 per month and doctor's notes are required). If you need to take a sick day, you will have to notify your city coordinator the day before.
If, for family reasons or medical reasons, a Fellow needs to go abroad and be absent from school after you have used up all your holidays, special permission from Masa is required and relevant documentation will be necessary.
Just like in a a job, deviation from allowed number of vacation and sick days may be cause for program participation to come under review.
To prepare you for the classroom, Fellows receive orientation in educational methods and teaching English as a foreign language, created and led by Israel’s Ministry of Education. Particular emphasis is placed on strengthening your skills as a leader, communicator, and educator and improving your experience in the classroom. Participants take part in mandatory full-day training seminars at least once per month (a total of 10 training days plus two enrichment days). All Fellows must attend all orientation days to maintain you fellowship status.
All Fellows must attend all training days to maintain you fellowship status. Learn more about the training you'll receive.
You will need to apply for an A-2 visa to participate in Masa Israel Teaching Fellows. You can view the requirements for the visa on the Israeli consulate’s website. Please note that you might need to present a two way ticket in order to apply for the grant.
Inappropriate behavior, drug use, violence, danger to other participants or oneself, criminal offense, and any out of ordinary discipline problem will lead to immediate removal from the program. Remember that failure to complete the full 10 month program will mean you will not be reimbursed for your flight. If you do not complete the program you may be asked to absorb some of the cost of the scholarship granted or your deposit may be non-refundable.