How it Works

Interested in becoming a Fellow? Here’s how it’s going to work.


Masa Israel Teaching Fellows operates in several cities across Israel through several trusted program providers who run the fellowship on the ground in Israel. Each provider operates one to three of the fellowship city cohorts, and each offers a slightly different experience – different cities, types of housing, start dates and extra activities.

While you’ll meet and get to know all the Fellows throughout the year, you’ll spend most of the time with your city cohort and cohorts from cities that are run by the same provider. If you have questions about how this affects the fellowship or your experience, get in touch!

Before you apply, we encourage you to learn about the experience and think about a few cities that would be your top choice. You should also have in mind what you’d want your secondary volunteering project to look like, since some cities have specific opportunities you might like to pursue.

Check your eligibility to make sure Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is the right program for you, and see what current and past fellows have to say about their experiences in Israel.

  • What is Masa Israel Teaching Fellows?

    Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is on a 10-month, hands-on service program which brings exemplary college graduates from English-speaking countries to teach English in Israel. Our goal is to address Israel's educational achievement gap and the widespread underperformance of youth in low-income communities.

  • Who funds Masa Israel Teaching Fellows?

    Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is a Masa Israel Journey program and is made possible by the generous support of the Ministry of Education of the State of Israel. Masa Israel is a joint venture of The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Government of Israel.

  • What is the cost of Masa Israel Teaching Fellows?

    Fellows are responsible to pay $1,000 for the full 10-month experience. However, certified teachers will earn a monthly compensation of 4,000 NIS (about $1,090 USD) and will, after initial training, teach their own English classes. English teaching assistants (non-certified teachers), will earn a monthly cash stipend of 1,750 NIS (about $490 USD). The $1,000 program fee includes accommodations, Hebrew Ulpan classes, pedagogical orientation, health insurance, trips around Israel, and other enrichment activities. You will be reimbursed up to $1,000 for the cost of your flight upon completion of the program. If your flight to Israel was provided by Birthright Israel, you must submit your ticket home to be reimbursed for your return flight. Please note that you won’t receive a flight reimbursement until you complete the program.

    Masa alumni from other programs are eligible to participate in MITF after their first programs, for a fee of $5,500, instead of $1,000.


  • Who is eligible to apply to be a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow?

    To be eligible, you must:

    - Identify as Jewish
    - Aged 20-35

    - Have a Bachelor's Degree by September 1, 2019
    - Be a native English speaker, meaning you were born or raised in a country where English is the primary language. If you have Israeli citizenship you must have left Israel before the age of 14 and have lived outside of Israel for at least four consecutive years prior to receiving a Masa Israel grant or scholarship.


  • Who are the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program organizers?

    Each city hosting Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is managed by a different program organizer. Applicants should explore each program organizer and city on this website prior to applying.

    Netanya Operated by Israel Outdoors NEXT

    Be'er Sheva Operated by Israel Outdoors NEXT

    Rehovot Operated by Israel Outdoors NEXT

    Beit She'an Operated by Israel Outdoors NEXT

    Rishon LeZion Operated by Israel Experience

    Petach Tikvah Operated by Israel Experience

    Ramle Operated by Destination Israel

    Bat Yam Operated by Destination Israel

    Eilat Operated by Destination Israel

    Ashdod Operated by Destination Israel

    Nazareth Operated by BINA

    Migdal HaEmek Operated by BINA

    Rahat Operated by BINA

    Jerusalem Operated by BINA

    Haifa Operated by Oranim College

  • What is the application process?

    Step 1: Prequalification and Main application

    Provided you are eligible to participate in the program, admission for Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is rolling, with four application deadlines. Rolling admission dates are as follows:

    Step 2: Initial placement conversation

    Once your application has been submitted, you will be contacted by a recruitment representative who will relay your next steps in the application process.

    Step 3: Placement interview (Skype/phone)

    In this interview, you will speak with a professional from the placement city you selected. You’ll be able to hear more about the day-to-day of the fellowship, ask specific questions, and request to connect with a current or past fellow who was or is placed in that city. You’ll have a chance to discuss your academic and professional history as it relates to the content of the fellowship.

    Step 4: Submit supplemental documents

    These include a medical form, a local or  state background check, and proof of your application for the Masa Israel Grant. You should upload your documents after your initial interview, but keep in mind that the first two may take a few weeks to arrange. Documents must be uploaded in order for you to receive a final decision regarding your acceptance.

    Step 5: Final decision received by applicant

    After all components of your application have been submitted, and all interviews completed, the admissions committee will review your application package and make a final decision. You’ll receive notification via email.

    If you are not accepted by your first-choice placement, you may have the opportunity to interview for another placement. You will be notified if this is the case.

    Step 6 (for accepted Fellows only): Submit deposit (or defer to next round)

    If you are accepted as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow, you will have 2 weeks from your notification date to accept your offer and secure your spot, by submitting a $300 non-refundable deposit that will be applied to the program cost of $1000.

    You may also choose to defer your acceptance to the following deadline. Please be advised that by deferring your acceptance, you are not guaranteed a spot in the program. However, you will not need to reapply or conduct any further interviews. If you are submitting your application for consideration for the final May 1st deadline, you will not have the option to defer your decision.

  • When is the deadline to apply for Masa Israel Teaching Fellows?

    Admission for Masa Israel Teaching Fellows are currently closed. We will begin accepting applicants for future participants in November of 2018. Admission for Masa Israel Teaching Fellows will be on a rolling basis.

  • What will my daily schedule be like?

    You are required to work in your school at least four days a week (Monday – Friday) for at least five hours a day. Your school will determine which day between Monday and Friday you will have off. Fellows are also required to volunteer at least two times a week in their communities.

  • Will I have days off and vacation?

    Fellows are committed to working 25 hours and at least 4 days a week. You will get all school and Israeli holidays off. If you need to take off additional days beyond the school holidays, you will need to obtain special permission from Masa Israel. You will also get 15 sick days (no more than 3 per month and doctor's notes are required). If you need to take a sick day, you will have to notify your city coordinator the day before.

    If, for family reasons or medical reasons, a Fellow needs to go abroad and be absent from school, special permission from Masa is required and relevant documentation will be necessary.

    Just like in a a job, deviation from allowed number of vacation and sick days may be cause for program participation to come under review.

  • I don't have formal training in education, what training and support will I receive?

    To prepare you for the classroom, Fellows receive orientation in educational methods and teaching English as a foreign language, created and led by Israel’s Ministry of Education. Particular emphasis is placed on strengthening your skills as a leader, communicator, and educator and improving your experience in the classroom. Participants take part in mandatory full-day training seminars at least once per month (a total of 10 training days plus two enrichment days). All Fellows must attend all orientation days to maintain you fellowship status.

    All Fellows must attend all training days to maintain you fellowship status. Learn more about the training you'll receive.

  • Do I need a visa to participate in Masa Israel Teaching Fellows?

    You will need to apply for an A-2 visa to participate in Masa Israel Teaching Fellows. You can view the requirements for the visa on the Israeli consulate’s website. Please note that you might need to present a two way ticket in order to apply for the grant.

  • Are there any other rules and regulations I should be aware of?

    Inappropriate behavior, drug use, violence, danger to other participants or oneself, criminal offense, and any out of ordinary discipline problem will lead to immediate removal from the program. Remember that failure to complete the full 10 month program will mean you will not be reimbursed for your flight. If you do not complete the program you may be asked to absorb some of the cost of the scholarship granted or your deposit may be non-refundable.

  • What Financial Aid Is Available For Masa Israel Teaching Fellows?

    Masa Israel Teaching Fellows will receive a $1,000 reimbursement at the end of the program for their flights.

    During the program, Masa Teachers will receive a monthly stipend of 4,000 NIS and Masa Fellows will receive a stipend of 1,750 NIS.

  • How does the new Tel Aviv-Dual Program work?

    During the 10-month program, you will live and work in two different cities: One half will be in South Tel Aviv, and the other half in either Beit Shean, Nazareth, Rahat or Ramla. This option offers you a unique opportunity to experience the diverse cultures in two different Israeli cities, and become an integral member of them both. Throughout the entire year, you will remain with the same group and relocate together after the first five months.  While registering for the Fellowship, you may select your city preference; if spots are no longer available, an alternative placement will be suggested.

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