Fellowships and Internships in The Rabbinical School

The Rabbinical School of The Jewish Theological Seminary is blessed with support from numerous donors and charitable foundations, some of which provide need-based financial aid scholarships, while others support students in specific learning activities through fellowships. The following is a partial list of active fellowships designed specifically for JTS rabbinical students:

Crown Fellowship. This fellowship is granted each year to two incoming students of outstanding academic merit. It provides tuition and a partial stipend for the first two years of study. All admitted students are automatically considered for this fellowship.

Bernstein Israel Study Fellowship. This fellowship provides financial support for all students spending their academic year of study in Israel. The amount varies by size of cohort, but typically suffices to cover travel expenses.

Gladstein Fellowship. First-year students of The Rabbinical School are invited to apply for this fellowship, which trains our students in the entrepreneurial rabbinic leadership of small congregations. In the first three years of study, Gladstein Fellows receive a partial stipend for living expenses and training through annual conferences, site visits to our training congregations, and special mentoring from other fellows and faculty. In the final two years, fellows receive a full tuition-and-living stipend, and are placed in a "teaching congregation," where they assist a senior colleague, and in an emerging congregation, where they visit monthly and serve as the rabbi for two years prior to ordination. Gladstein Fellows commit to starting their rabbinic careers working in a smaller congregation for at least three years following ordination. 

Paul A. Kaplan Fellowship for Pastoral Care. This required fellowship was established by Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation, in memory of their son Paul (z"l), in order to support JTS students in their study of pastoral care. This fund covers the cost of tuition and a living stipend for each student during the period she/he completes a 400-hour unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), usually during the summer of one of the middle years of the program.

Inez and David Myers Fellowship. This fellowship trains students in public rabbinic leadership. Fourth-year students take a leadership seminar taught by a prominent pulpit rabbi with guest lectures by renowned scholars and practitioners of public leadership. Students are invited to submit grant proposals for projects of their own design to extend the impact of their professional training and prepare them for future roles as innovative leaders.

Resnick Internship Program. Each rabbinical student is required to complete a yearlong field internship with a rabbinic mentor, and to participate in a two-semester seminar on campus. These internships take place in a variety of rabbinic settings, such as congregations, schools, camps, and other nonprofit organizations. The Resnick fund provides students with partial stipends for their living expenses, and most organizations match this grant.

Shapiro Fellowship for Youth Work. One field experience required of each JTS rabbinical student is to work in one of our Movement's informal educational settings for youth, whether at Camp Ramah or with United Synagogue Youth (USY). The Shapiro Fellowship augments the salaries paid by these programs to our students, and also provides them with a periodic seminar during the academic year.

External Fellowships: JTS rabbinical students are encouraged to apply to (and often receive assistance from) external programs that support their studies at JTS, such as the Wexner Foundation's Graduate Fellowship, UJA-Federation of New York's graduate scholarships, and many other additional programs. Please note that recipients of the Wexner Fellowship are not eligible to simultaneously receive other full-tuition fellowships.

Military Chaplaincy: JTS rabbinical students are encouraged to enter the Chaplain Candidate program of the US Armed Forces, as military chaplaincy is essential rabbinic work and a vital service to the United States. Upon enrollment in the Chaplain Officer Basic Leadership Course, students receive the rank of ensign. Note that enrollment cannot lead to deployment until after ordination, and then only if the student chooses to remain in the Armed Forces. Enrollment brings with it substantial financial compensation and other benefits.