ITF Application Process

All interested applicants must apply to Israel Teaching Fellows via Masa. The process is as follows:

Step 1: Complete your initial online application via the Masa website

Step 2: Speak to a Masa representative

After completing the online application, you will be contacted by a rep from Masa's New York office. They will help you decide which of Israel Teaching Fellows' cities is the best fit for you. If you are interested in joining Ma'ase Olam's ITF program in Rehovot, please make that clear to the Masa representative that you speak with.

Step 3: Phone call and Skype Interview with Ma'ase Olam.

If you and the Masa representative agree that our ITF chapter is the best fit for you, we will contact you to schedule a time when we can conduct an initial phone call then a skype interview. Unfortunately we cannot conduct in-person interviews as our offices are in Israel. The interview is a great way for us to get to know the person behind the application and to learn more about your interest in education and commitment to social justice. During the interview we will try to assess if you are suitable for the program requirements and norms. Expect each interview to last about an hour.

Step 4: Decision

Ma'ase Olam will contact you to inform you if you have been accepted into the program.

Step 5: Turn in your supporting materials.

After your interview, you must submit supporting materials, consisting of:

  • Health History Form
  • Certificate of Good Conduct
  • Masa Israel Journey Grant Application - When applying for the grant, make sure to select "Ma'ase Olam - Israel Teaching Fellows" as your program.


Note that no Israel Teaching Fellows applicant is eligible for Masa's needs-based scholarship, regardless of your financial situation. Masa Israel Journey already highly subsidizes the program.

Step 6: Reference check

A Ma'ase Olam staff member will contact your references.

Step 7: Pay the deposit and sign up

After acceptance, you'll have two weeks to make a final decision regarding your participation in the program. At the end of those two weeks, your $50 application processing fee and $300 non-refundable deposit are due. Those payments will be deducted from the total $1,050 program fee.

If you do not pay the processing fee and make the deposit within two weeks from your acceptance into the program, your position will no longer be guaranteed.

If you have additional questions regarding the application process or any aspect of Israel Teaching Fellows, please contact us at

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Ma'ase Olam programs are supported by Masa Israel Journey, a joint project of the government of Israel and the Jewish Agency. Masa Israel Journey provides grants for those who are eligible. Click here to apply for the Masa Israel Journey grant on their website.

To qualify for Masa Israel Journey funding, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must identify as culturally, religiously, or ethnically Jewish
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18-30
  • Applicants cannot previously have received a Masa Israel Journey grant, or have participated in any long term, organized post-high school program in Israel
  • If applicants are Israeli citizens, they must have left Israel before their 14th birthday and have lived outside of Israel for over four years


Masa Israel Journey Standard Grants: A standard Masa Israel Journey grant is $4,500. With this grant, both the Israel Teaching Fellows and Israel Service Fellows programs cost $1,050.

Masa Israel Journey Need-Based Scholarships: Because both Israel Teaching Fellows and Israel Service Fellows are already heavily subsidized by Masa Israel Journey, participants are not eligible for additional need-based scholarships from Masa. There are, however, many opportunities for additional external funding, and our staff would be happy to advise you on how to maximize your use of these resources.

Masa Israel Journey Grant Application Process:

Step 1: Choose your Ma'ase Olam program and complete the online application. Click here to apply for Israel Teaching Fellows, or click here to apply for Israel Service Fellows.

Step 2: Fill out the Masa Israel Journey grant application. Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria should fill out the standard grant application.

Step 3: Upload a PDF copy of your Masa Israel Journey grant application to your application.

Step 4: Wait for Masa Israel Journey to confirm your funding. Once received, it will take up to 45 days for Masa Israel Journey to process your grant application. After it has been processed, you will receive an email confirming your total grant amount. The grant you receive will be automatically deducted from your final balance.



Program Dates

Israel Teaching Fellows is a10-month commitment. Orientation in Israel will begin late August/early September. The programs will end at the end of June.

Safety and Security

Ma'ase Olam programs adhere to the security regulations distributed by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Education. Upon arrival in Israel, each participant receives an in-depth overview of the security regulations to follow throughout your stay in Israel. Participants' safety and security are our primary concern.

Health Insurance

Participants' health insurance is provided by the Israeli medical system. The cost of health insurance is included in the program. Upon your acceptance into the program, we will send you the necessary forms to fill out and return to Ma'ase Olam.

Please note: if you plan to arrive early or extend your stay, you will be responsible for obtaining additional medical coverage.

Israel Visa

Every fellow must obtain an A2 visa before arriving in Israel. An A2 visa is a multiple-entry student visa (making it possible to leave Israel for a vacation and return without needing a new visa). Fellows should approach their local Consulate General of Israel or the Embassy of Israel prior to beginning their program to request their visa.

In order to obtain a Masa Israel Visa, you must provide a consulate or embassy with the following:

  1. The form you received from Masa Israel (PDF file) confirming your grant amount
  2. A letter from Ma'ase Olam validating your acceptance to the program
  3. A valid passport
  4. Two passport photos


The consulate has final jurisdiction with regards to granting a visa, should it have prior intelligence or concerns about a participant.

Please Note: The Masa Israel Visa does not entitle you to work in Israel. It is valid for a maximum of a one-year stay in Israel.

Click here for a list of Israeli Consulates in North America.