Fellowships and Financial Aid

Financial Aid
Only matriculated MA and DHL students taking 6 or more credits per semester may apply for financial aid. PhD candidates are eligible only for merit-based fellowships determined by the Graduate School Fellowship Committee and administered by The Graduate School.

PhD students who wish to supplement their fellowships, or obtain student loans in lieu of fellowships, may apply for the loans through the Financial Aid Office by completing all of the regularly required financial-aid application materials. Loan eligibility for fellowship recipients is not guaranteed.

Financial aid consists of tuition and housing scholarships, loans, stipends, or some combination of these types of aid. New York State residents who plan to be full-time students are required to apply to the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Graduate students are not eligible for Pell Grants.

The Graduate School offers the following merit-based fellowships. Recipients are generally chosen at the time of admission and are selected based on academic strengths and other qualifications. Financial need is not a factor.

PhD Fellowships
PhD fellowships are awarded to outstanding students on a competitive basis. Each fellow receives the following benefits annually during these five-year fellowships:

  1. Full tuition
  2. Health insurance
  3. Summer stipends
  4. Teaching opportunities
  5. Annual stipend

Awards may also include a dissertation stipend of $12,000.

All new applicants to the PhD program are automatically considered, and no additional fellowship application is required. In order to be eligible for these fellowships, candidates must submit complete applications by January 2.

The Arete Doctoral Fellowships are made possible through the generosity of Betsy Z. and Edward E. Cohen.

The Graduate School Fellowships comprise the following fellowships and are funded by their foundations and grants:

  • Gerson D. Cohen Fellowship
  • Professor Saul Lieberman and Dr. Judith Berlin Lieberman Graduate Fellowship in Talmudic Studies
  • Rabbi Benjamin Plotkin Fellowship
  • Stroock Fellowship in Ancient Judaism
  • Kohns Foundation Fellowship
  • Anna and William Blanksteen Fellowship for the Study of European Jewish Civilization
  • Dr. Bernard Heller Fellowship
  • Jacob Shatzsky Memorial Fellowship
  • Stanley J. Friedman Graduate Fellowship in Jewish History
  • Elbogen Fellowship
  • Rabbi Seymour Siegel Scholarship
  • Robert Rifkind Fellowship in Advanced Jewish Studies
  • Michael Klebanoff Fellowship
  • Louis and Alice Schimberg Scholarship
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowships in Judaica

MA Fellowships
Fellowships for students pursuing the MA are available and consist of generous partial tuition fellowships. The awards are based on both merit and need, and so the amount of the fellowships vary. All candidates who submit completed applications by the priority deadline of February 1 are considered for fellowships, provided that they also complete the FAFSA and other forms required by the JTS Financial Aid office so that need can be evaluated as well. The Graduate School admits students on a rolling basis, and awards fellowships based on availability after February 1.

Funding for MA fellowships is provided by The Graduate School and the following:

  • Phyllis and Gerald Haas Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Communal Service
  • William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship
  • Robert Lee Kohn's Foundation Fellowship
  • Klagsbrun Fellowships for Jewish Leadership
  • Sylvia and Julius Pollak Scholarship Fund for Michigan Students
  • Satinover Family Fellowship in Jewish Women's Studies
  • David G. and Syd E. Cullen Fellowship
  • Bernard Manekin Fellowship in the History of Jewish Art
  • Tuttleman Fellowship for Jewish Art
  • Pollak Family Charitable Fund Fellowship for the Master's Program in Jewish Art

Jewish Professional Leadership Programs
Students in The Graduate School who are applying to or enrolled in the dual-degree program in Social Work are required to apply to Columbia University School of Social Work for financial assistance, as well as to JTS. Contact CUSSW for their application and information at (212) 854-2867 or School of Social Work. Students in the dual-degree program in Public Administration are required to apply to Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs for financial assistance, as well as to JTS. Contact SIPA for their application and information at (212) 854-6216 or through SIPA.

Wexner Fellowships
Graduate students who plan to pursue careers in the North American Jewish community are eligible for this fellowship sponsored by the Wexner Foundation. Applications are available from the Wexner Foundation or by contacting the foundation at (614) 939-6060 or 8000 Walton Parkway, Suite 110, New Albany, OH 43054.

For further information, please complete our inquiry form.