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FEREP Guidelines


FEREP awards graduate school scholarships of up to $20,000 per year for up to two years. Students who meet eligibility requirements and are selected to advance to the finalist round will participate in a Federation visit, orientation and interviews. Students that are selected and agree to accept the award will work in a Jewish Federation in North America for a minimum of two years following graduate school.

Eligible Areas of Graduate Study

There are three graduate degrees that FEREP students may pursue. Graduate programs must be offered by accredited universities in the U.S. and Canada and FEREPs must be enrolled as full-time students:

  • Non-Clinical Social Work (MSW)
  • Public Administration (MPA)
  • Business Administration – Nonprofit Management (MBA)

Jewish Study Requirement

There are three ways in which FEREP students can fulfill a Jewish study requirement:

  • Pursue a Masters in Jewish Studies, Jewish Professional Leadership or Jewish Communal Service
  • Pursue a Certificate in Jewish Studies or Jewish Communal Service
  • Design an individual Jewish study plan

The Individual Jewish Study Plan

As with the Masters and Certificate degree in Jewish Studies or Jewish Communal Service, the individually-designed Jewish study curriculum must educate the FEREP student in the historical and contemporary Jewish community; its structure, practices and language. This option requires the student to complete a minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 semester-long full-credit courses that are relevant to his or her preparation as a Jewish communal professional. Students interested in this option will need to describe their intentions in detail on the FEREP application.

It is expected that the Jewish study requirement will be substantially completed during the course of the student’s professional studies. Students should be able to uses elective slots or summer sessions to fulfill this requirement. Students will be allowed to fulfill their Jewish studies in both traditional in-class settings as well as in virtual learning environments. In cases where there are no suitable elective courses available, every effort will be made to help the student find an appropriate way to fulfill the requirement in a timely manner.

Dual Degree Graduate Programs

Historically, the FEREP Program has supported students in certain dual-degree graduate programs. Below is a list of schools that offer eligible programs for FEREP recipients.(Note: this list is non-comprehensive; any program that combines the degrees above will be eligible):

  • Brandeis University
  • New York University
  • Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Yeshiva University
  • Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson and University of Maryland
  • Gratz College and University of Pennsylvania
  • Hebrew Union College and University of Southern California
  • University of Michigan
  • The American Jewish University

Federation Internship

The Federation internship complements the student’s academic study and is central to her or his preparation as a future Federation professional. FEREP students are expected to complete, at minimum, a year-long supervised internship at their local Federation near their graduate school program. Interns will have the opportunity to experience assignments and projects in both the community planning and financial resource development areas of the Federation.  The internship is both a requirement of the FEREP Program and an essential pre-professional experience that will introduce students to working in Federation. The internship experience is also very important to future employment in the Federation system.

The internship can range between 10-20 hours per week during the school year and is not salaried. The specific schedule, content of work and supervision are arranged by the student in collaboration with his/her academic program, local Federation, or both.

For further questions about guidelines of the FEREP Program, please contact or 212-284-6710.





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