It’s your turn, Chicago.

Head out of the Midwest and into the Middle Eastern sunshine with the help of the Jewish United Fund / Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago!  Offering need-based and merit-based scholarships, your local JUF/JFed accepts applications from Windy City residents and students.  Sound too good to be true?  Just wait, it gets better.

JUF/JFed Chicago doesn’t limit its generosity to first-time Israel travelers: while first-timers will be given preference in the selection process, people with any level of Israel experience may apply and be considered for an award.  So, let’s elaborate on the two types of scholarships available to Chicagoans…

Please note: Livnot U’Lehibanot is a non-profit organization and our program tuition is heavily subsidized, but we do not directly purchase airfare for participants or offer internal scholarships beyond the already reduced tuition fees.


Merit scholarship applications are accepted once a year.  Eligible applicants are no older than 23 and are studying in college or graduate school.  The award amount is $1,000 per scholarship.  You can find the PDF version of the application on the Merit scholarship program page.


Need-based scholarship applications are considered more often (2x/year), with deadlines on March 1 and October 15.  Those who missed the March 1 deadline should definitely consider applying for the Fall 2016 round!  It’s never too early to start planning your next trip to Israel.  Need-based scholarships fall between $500 and $2500, and are available for Chicago residents and students up to age 28. No prior involvement in Jewish communal activities is necessary for this scholarship.  Apply here!

Have questions?  Called Mandy from the Israel Experience Program, 312-444-2895.


Photo by Dmitriy Etkin