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FEREP Application Process

Thank you for your interest. The 2015 FEREP application process is now closed. If you are interested in applying for FEREP in 2016, please email

Are you interested in applying for the FEREP Graduate Scholarship Program? Read this section for information on how the process works and what you need to do.
Step 1: Read through this website and familiarize yourself with the FEREP Program and Jewish Federation system. Determine that this is of interest to you.
Step 2: Make sure you meet our eligibility requirements.
Step 3: Complete and return an application via e-mail to: FEREP Graduate Scholarship Applications are due on Friday, February 6 by 5:00pm PST.

A completed application includes the following:

Application Form.  The FEREP Application is a separate from and in addition to your application(s) to graduate school. We understand that you may not know if you are accepted to your graduate program before you submit a FEREP application as deadlines may overlap. You may go ahead and submit a FEREP application without knowing whether you have been accepted. Do keep in mind, however, that scholarships are only awarded following acceptance to your chosen program.
Essay Statements.  The FEREP Selection Committee will carefully consider both your written communication skills as well as the content of your essays in the selection process. Your essay statements will provide the Selection Committee with an example of your writing skills, your ability to conceptualize, your understanding of the Jewish Federation field, and your specific career goals. The essays should each be no more than 500 words in length.
References. The Reference Request Form should be given to three individuals who can comment on your character, your academic work and other professional or volunteer experiences. It is your responsibility to give the form to those whom you have listed as references in your application and to make sure forms are submitted on time.
Transcripts.  Please ask for official transcripts from your undergraduate and graduate institutions (if applicable).

Submission.  References and transcripts can be sent directly to:
                     FEREP Scholarship Program
                     Attn: Julia Malkin           
                     The Jewish Federations of North America
                     25 Broadway, 17th floor
                     New York, NY 10004-1010

Finalists' Federation Visit & Orientation

Applicants will be notified whether or not they have advanced to the Finalist round in early March. Those that advance to the Finalist round will participate in a Federation Visit & Orientation.

It is very important that as a FEREP candidate, you gain a more in-depth understanding of Federation. Therefore, if you advance to the Finalist round, we will arrange a visit and orientation with your local Federation. The purpose of the orientation is to provide you with further information about Federations, including:

  • The structure, function, and goals of Federation
  • The role of the professional
  • The role of the volunteer, board, lay person, etc.

Your visit also provides the FEREP Program with a second opportunity to asses your candidacy.

Finalists' Interviews

The FEREP Selection Committee will review all applications and identify Finalists who will be invited to participate in the final interview process. The interviews will take place at the Jewish Federations of North America offices in New York City on March 29-30, 2015. Finalists will be notified about whether or not they have been awarded FEREP scholarship within one week of finalist interviews.




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