FEREP awards graduate school scholarships of $20,000 per year for up to two years to individuals who meet eligibility requirements and are committed to working in the federation system following graduate school. By applying for and accepting the award, students agree to work in a Jewish federation in North America for a minimum of two years following graduate school. FEREP will assist participating students with placement services that will enable students to begin their first federation job and fulfill this requirement.
Eligible Areas of Professional Study
There are three professional tracks that FEREP students may pursue. The professional tracks must be combined with graduate-level Jewish studies in one of three ways.
The three professional areas are:
• Non-Clinical Social Work (MSW)
• Public Administration (MPA)
• Business Administration – nonprofit track, or Nonprofit Management (MBA)
Degree programs must be full-time graduate programs and offered by accredited universities in the U.S. and Canada. FEREP students must be enrolled as full-time students.
Jewish Study Requirement
There are three ways in which FEREP students can fulfill a Jewish study requirement. FEREP students may:
• pursue a joint degree, where one of the above professional degrees is combined with a Masters in
Jewish Studies, Jewish Professional Leadership or Jewish Communal Service;
• pursue a professional degree and a Certificate in Jewish Studies or Jewish Communal Service;
• design an individual Jewish study plan that meets the requirement for relevant, graduate-level study.
Historically, the FEREP Program has supported students in certain dual-degree graduate programs at a consortium of nine schools. Those programs are at: Brandeis; New York University; Columbia-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 and The American Jewish University. The programs at these schools include dual-degrees in non-clinical social work, public administration, nonprofit management and Jewish studies or Jewish communal service. Those programs will continue to be eligible programs for FEREP scholarship recipients.
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.
The federation internship complements the student’s academic study and is central to her or his preparation as a future professional. FEREP students are expected to complete, at minimum, a year-long supervised internship at their local federation in North America, preferably during their final year of study. Students should have both a planning and financial resource development assignment. The internship is typically 16-20 hours per week during the school year and is not salaried. Some federations offer a stipend to the intern. The specific schedule, content of work and supervision are arranged by the student in collaboration with his/her academic program, the local federation, or both. This 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 employers in the federation system.
For those attending the Yeshiva University Block Program, your placement must be in a North American federation during both years.
For those attending the Hebrew University Masters in Community Leadership and Philanthropy Studies, your placements will be arranged with federation Israel offices, North American federations or some combination of the two in order to meet the objectives of the federation internship.
Internship requirements are as follows for recipients of the community-designated UJA-Federation of New York Ernest W. Michel FEREP scholarship:
• Students must have both a planning and financial resource development assignment.
• Students receiving the scholarship in their first year of school will be required to spend one year in
fundraising and one year in planning. One and a half days per week is the minimum requirement during
• Students receiving scholarships in their second year, of school will have a split assignment between
fundraising and planning departments in order to acquire a broad range of skills, and will have a three-
UJA-Federation of New York prefers the internship hours be split evenly over the course of two years but, by special arrangement, the internship can be combined into a three-days-per-week placement during the second year. UJA-Federation recognizes the importance of this pre-professional experience and if possible, encourages students to arrange their schedules to allow for maximum engagement. Students will receive a stipend based upon the number of days per week in the internship.
For further questions about guidelines or other aspects of the FEREP Program please contact FEREPScholarship@JewishFederations.org or 212-284-6710.