Financial Aid & Fellowships

The William Davidson School works diligently to ensure that students have access to a wide array of need- and merit-based financial aid.

We offer funding options for both master’s and doctoral students, and we work closely with individuals to help them apply for and receive independent fellowships.

Financial Aid for MA Students

Thanks to the generosity of The William Davidson Family Foundation, students in the master’s degree program at The William Davidson School are considered for scholarships of up to 100 percent. This includes full-time, part-time, in-residence, and online students.

Full-time students can be funded for up to two years. Part-time and online students can be funded for up to three years, with the possibility of renewal for a fourth year.

In order for students to be considered for a Davidson School scholarship, applicants are asked to submit the FAFSA (JTS Code 002740).

Students that plan on applying for federal loans should submit the application by March 1. The loan application becomes available in December.

Financial Aid for Full-Time Doctoral Students

Full-time doctoral students typically receive full-tuition fellowships and a significant living stipend.

Financial Aid for Executive Doctoral Students

Executive Doctoral students receive a 75 percent tuition fellowship. 

Specialized Fellowships

Students at The William Davidson School can apply for a wide range of fellowships relevant to particular interests and career paths.

Nachshon Project Graduate Fellowship “LaunchPad” Track

  • What it is: $30,000 per year toward full-time graduate school and living expenses.
  • Who should apply: Applicants can be current professionals in Jewish careers or career-switchers who now seek to bring their skills from other professions into the Jewish professional world.

Please note: The Nachshon Project Graduate Fellowship Launchpad Track offers a second pipeline to the Nachshon Project Graduate Fellowship for those who did not participate in the Nachshon Project undergraduate fellowship.


  • What it is: JTS awards 25 percent additional tuition subsidies for the MA in Jewish Education to eligible applicants through the Midcareer Fellowship. This funding is in addition to, and does not replace, the generous funding to all MA applicants. Fellows also benefit from networking with other students and alumni across all participating universities as well as additional professional development opportunities.
  • Who Should Apply: Students who have completed their undergraduate degree at least five years ago, have worked in the Jewish community for a minimum of three years, and who plan to remain working at a Jewish institution for a minimum of 15 hours per week throughout their course of study. Fellows are expected to complete the degree requirements within three academic years.

UJA-Federation’s Graduate Fellowship Program

  • What it is: Graduate students who are pursuing careers within the Jewish nonprofit world are eligible for a fellowship toward earning their degree. The program offers a range of fellowships to be applied to graduate tuition for up to two years. Fellows participate in the UJA Graduate Fellowship cohort where they engage in innovative seminars and build relationships with a cohort of future Jewish leaders.
  • Who should apply: Students who are interested in pursuing a career in the Jewish nonprofit sector. Students interested in working with UJA-Federation of New York are eligible for an additional scholarship. Applicants are evaluated on both merit and need.

The Federation Executive Recruitment & Education Program (FEREP) Graduate Scholarship

  • What it Is: The FEREP program awards up to $40,000 for specified areas of graduate study in return for a minimum two-year paid work commitment in a North American Jewish Federation. FEREP also provides supplemental professional and cohort development opportunities, and assists students with the placement process leading to a Federation position.

  • Who Should Apply: Students planning to begin or continue working at a North American Jewish Federation.

JCC Association Scholarship Program

  • What it is: Degree seeking students can receive up to $5,000/semester, or up to $20,000 by graduation. Students can be enrolled in a program either part-time or full-time; it does not need to be an applicant’s first graduate degree. The Professional Development Scholarship Program intends to advance JCC professionals’ careers by investing money in those with aspirations to continue their studies in various graduate programs. JCC Association will invest these funds in expanding educational opportunities for their current professionals.
  • Who should apply: Students planning to begin or continue working at settings within the Jewish Community Center Association.

Shapiro Fellowship

  • What it is: Fellows receive a stipend of $2,000—in addition to camp salary—earned upon completion of a full summer as a counselor and four fall seminars. Students working as day counselors or for half the summer are eligible for partial stipends.
  • Who should apply: Students working as summer counselors at Ramah camps.

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