Fellowships and Financial Aid

Financial Aid
Only matriculated MA and DHL students taking 6 or more credits per semester may apply for financial aid. MA and DHL applicants are eligible for merit-based and need-informed partial tuition fellowships and must complete the FAFSA in addition to The Graduate School Application for admission.

PhD candidates are eligible only for merit-based fellowships determined by the Graduate School Fellowship Committee and administered by The Graduate School. PhD students who wish to supplement their fellowships, or obtain student loans in lieu of fellowships, may apply for the loans through the Financial Aid Office by completing all of the regularly required financial-aid application materials. Loan eligibility for fellowship recipients is not guaranteed.


PhD Fellowships

PhD fellowships are awarded to outstanding students on a competitive basis. Recipients are generally chosen at the time of admission and are selected based on academic strengths and other qualifications. Financial need is not a factor.

 Each fellow receives the following benefits annually during these five-year fellowships:

  1. Full tuition
  2. Health insurance
  3. Summer stipends
  4. Teaching opportunities
  5. Annual stipend

All new applicants to the PhD program are automatically considered, and no additional fellowship application is required. In order to be eligible for these fellowships, candidates must submit complete applications by December 15.

The Arete Doctoral Fellowships are made possible through the generosity of Betsy Z. and Edward E. Cohen.

The Graduate School Fellowships comprise the following fellowships and are funded by their foundations and grants:

  • Gerson D. Cohen Fellowship
  • Professor Saul Lieberman and Dr. Judith Berlin Lieberman Graduate Fellowship in Talmudic Studies
  • Rabbi Benjamin Plotkin Fellowship
  • Stroock Fellowship in Ancient Judaism
  • Kohns Foundation Fellowship
  • Anna and William Blanksteen Fellowship for the Study of European Jewish Civilization
  • Dr. Bernard Heller Fellowship
  • Jacob Shatzsky Memorial Fellowship
  • Stanley J. Friedman Graduate Fellowship in Jewish History
  • Elbogen Fellowship
  • Rabbi Seymour Siegel Scholarship
  • Robert Rifkind Fellowship in Advanced Jewish Studies
  • Michael Klebanoff Fellowship
  • Louis and Alice Schimberg Scholarship
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowships in Judaica

MA Fellowships

All accepted students will be considered for partial merit-based and need informed tuition fellowships. All candidates who submit completed applications by the priority deadline of March 1 are considered for fellowships, provided that they also complete the FAFSA (JTS Code 002740). The Graduate School admits students on a rolling basis, and awards fellowships based on availability after March 1.

Funding for MA fellowships is provided by The Graduate School and the following:

  • Phyllis and Gerald Haas Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Communal Service
  • William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship
  • Robert Lee Kohn's Foundation Fellowship
  • Klagsbrun Fellowships for Jewish Leadership
  • Sylvia and Julius Pollak Scholarship Fund for Michigan Students
  • Satinover Family Fellowship in Jewish Women's Studies
  • David G. and Syd E. Cullen Fellowship
  • Bernard Manekin Fellowship in the History of Jewish Art
  • Tuttleman Fellowship for Jewish Art
  • Pollak Family Charitable Fund Fellowship for the Master's Program in Jewish Art

Jewish Professional Leadership Programs
Students in The Graduate School who are applying to or enrolled in the dual-degree program in Social Work are required to apply to Columbia University School of Social Work for financial assistance, as well as to JTS. Contact CSSW for their application and information at (212) 854-2867 or School of Social Work. Students in the dual-degree program in Public Administration are required to apply to Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs for financial assistance, as well as to JTS. Contact SIPA for their application and information at (212) 854-6216 or through SIPA.

For further information about The Graduate School and our scholarships, please complete our inquiry form.

External Scholarship Opportunities:

Students who plan to pursue a career in North American Jewish Community should apply for a Wexner Fellowship sponsored by the Wexner Foundation.

The Wexner Graduate Fellowship / Davidson Scholars Program helps to support your leadership growth during graduate school. Participating in this program is a unique opportunity for leadership growth for those entering graduate school programs designed to train them to become Jewish professional leaders.

In addition to a full-fellowship for graduate study, fellows receive a living stipend of $30,000 per year for up to three years, and become part of a diverse professional community that encourages learning about one's self as a leader though interactions with others with different points of view. To be eligible, you must be committed to devoting your professional career to enhancing the North American Jewish Community, and be between the ages of 21 and 40. All Wexner application materials must be submitted to the foundation in early January. Please check the foundation's website for details.

Students who have an interest in working in New York's Jewish communal sector may be interested in UJA-Federation's Wiener Educational Center's scholarships. Scholarship recipients are required to intern within UJA-Federation of New York's network of agencies, area synagogues, or day schools while receiving scholarship funds, and to work in those settings, in the UJA-Federation of New York catchment area, for a minimum of two years after graduation. Scholarship recipients also participate in a number of educational seminars throughout the year to grapple with some of the key challenges facing the organized Jewish community.

Learn more about UJA-Federation's Wiener Educational Center's scholarships and download the application. Applications must be submitted early in the calendar year. Please visit the UJA website for details.  

The JCC Association Scholarship Program provides merit-based financial aid for students to use towards an advanced degree that will lead to or enhance professional careers in the Jewish Community Center movement. Full-time students receive up to $10,000 per year for a one- or two-year period to pursue graduate studies that lead to a professional career in the JCC Movement. As a JCC Association of North America Graduate scholar, each recipient will participate in a program of selected JCC Association educational experiences and career development seminars.

All graduate scholars must complete a field placement at a JCC during their studies. These placements will be worked out individually with the scholarship coordinator and the JCC. Applicants must be committed to beginning their career in the JCC Movement. Recipients agree to work in the JCC Movement for two years post graduation. Learn more about the JCC Association Scholarship Program.