Yesod Jewish Learning Scholarships

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Are you working professionally in a Jewish community organisation in Europe or as a Jewish educator? Do you want to expand your Jewish fluency and deepen your Jewish knowledge to apply this to your work? Yesod can help you with financial support for your learning.

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Yesod is committed to supporting Jewish community professionals, educators and rabbis in Europe to expand and deepen their Jewish knowledge and skills in engaging with Jewish texts, traditions and ideas. We believe that deep Jewish knowledge and fluency is a core competency for those who work in Jewish communities.

We also believe that there are many ways to learn Jewish texts and traditions and we want to support people to access the various options available.

As a result, Yesod offers scholarships to support current and future Jewish community professionals to enrich their Jewish knowledge and fluency.

In the context of this scholarship fund, Yesod will support the following types of programmes and courses of Jewish learning:

Through this fund Yesod does NOT support the following types of programmes:

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If you fulfill the following conditions, you are eligible to apply for a Yesod Jewish learning scholarship:


You are a volunteer for a Jewish community organization and are interested in becoming a paid professional in your community in the future.

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

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I want to study but I don’t know where. Can I apply?

In order to apply for a scholarship, you need to know where you want to study, and you must apply separately for that particular programme. We can help you think about the programme that is right for you. Contact us at to schedule an appointment with our Professional Development Manager.

How much money do you give?

The amount we give depends on the programme you are interested in and the costs involved. We do not fund 100% of the costs, and we expect that you (and/or your employer) will also contribute to the cost.

As a general rule we tend to give grants in the following range:

We prioritise funding to cover tuition costs, although in the case of a year-long programmes we do consider contributing to living/housing costs.

We are not able to pay money including reimbursement directly to you as an individual. We pay the institution directly on your behalf.

Do I have an obligation to do something after my studies?

We hope you will either continue, or start, to work in the Jewish community for at least a year after your studies. If you receive a scholarship for a year programme we ask for a commitment of at least 2 years to working in a European Jewish community.

How do you make your decisions?

We include many factors in making our decisions. We consider your work and your potential to make an impact in your community. We think about the needs of your community and the context you come from. Yesod is interested in supporting people from all across Europe and attempts to spread its (limited) financial resources across different Jewish communities. We often interview applicants as part of the process.

Yesod has already supported me (through a programme or the Yesod Professional Development Fund). Can I apply for this also?


What are some examples of programmes I can apply for?

Previous recipients of Yesod Jewish Learning Scholarships have studied at:

These are just examples. We are open to other opportunities too, some of which can be round on our Learning & Training Opportunities page.

What is the process for applying for a scholarship?

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For conversation about applying, please contact

Within 30 days of completing the programme you will be required to submit a short report describing the course of study, key lessons learned, how this has impacted you directly and plans to use your new expertise in your work.

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