Fellowship Opportunities

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The Jewish Federation offers two fellowships for young adults to explore our global Jewish community through longer-term Israel experiences and other immersive opportunities.

Marks Endowment Fellowship Eligibility Requirements

  • Academic achievement, defined by a GPA of 3.0 or higher in current or most recent academic setting.
  • Acceptance to a program in Israel or approved research plan with clear, identifiable goals and purpose.
  • Commitment to the Los Angeles Jewish community as demonstrated by previous involvement or volunteer work and/or plans upon return.
  • Permanent residence in Greater Los Angeles.
  • Program in Israel must have American tax ID and be able to accept scholarship payment to American address and bank account. Unfortunately, Fellowship funds cannot be sent directly to individuals or directly to Israel.

Application Information

Thank you for your interest in the Marks Endowment Fellowship. At this time, we are no longer accepting applications due to overwhelming interest and a depletion of funds. We encourage you to apply next year and best of luck in your endeavors.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit the following documents via e-mail to SubsidyOpps@JewishLA.org and/or hard copies to The Jewish Federation:
    1. One copy of cover page of your acceptance to your program of choice.
    2. One copy of your official college or graduate academic transcript.
    3. Two letters of recommendation from relevant sources: At least one academic reference and one personal reference. Copies of letters already written as part of your program’s application process are acceptable. All letters should be specific to the program you have selected.
    4. An optional, suggested donation of $25 to The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles to support our work in Los Angeles, Israel, and abroad. Any donations received will have no bearing on an applicant’s award.

Please e-mail SubsidyOpps@JewishLA.org to inform us if you are sending hard copies by mail. Hard copies may be mailed to:

The Jewish Federation
c/o Mariah Shevchuk
6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90048

For more information, contact us at (323) 761-8372 or e-mail SubsidyOpps@JewishLA.org.

About the Marks Endowment Fellowship

In 1968, Joshua Marks made a generous gift in honor of Sir Simon Marks to make it possible for Jewish young adults living in Greater Los Angeles to study and/or conduct research in Israel in institutes of higher learning.

The Marks Endowment Fellowship of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles is awarded to college students, graduate students, and young adults participating in learning and/or research opportunities in Israel.

The Marks Endowment Fellowship awards up to $6,000 per person to participate in experiences such as graduate studies at Israeli universities, language immersion programs, dissertation research, and MASA programs. Following the Israel experience, Fellowship recipients will be asked to provide information on their program/project in the form of an in-person presentation, speaking engagement, and/or blog post.

Sam Rosenwald Fellowship Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be in their 20s and 30s and live year-round in the Los Angeles area.
  • Applicant’s selected program should be no longer than three months.
  • Applicants agree to make a meaningful gift to The Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign.

Fellowship Expectations

  • Fellows report on their experience in the form of a written blog with photos or a video.
  • Fellows participate in at least three Jewish community service opportunities following their experience, including Federation’s annual Super Sunday fundraiser.
  • Fellows will get together annually to share their experiences and meet with Sam Rosenwald’s family and friends and those that made this fellowship possible. 

Application Information

Applications for the Sam Rosenwald Fellowship are rolling and individuals may apply at any time. Applications will only be considered if they are received at least two weeks prior to the registration deadline for the specified opportunity.
Fellowship grants cannot be combined with any other scholarship an applicant may receive from The Jewish Federation; the Fellowship can be combined with assistance received from other sources.


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Fellowships will only be awarded to applicants who are already accepted into the program of their choice, and funds are distributed directly to the organization hosting the program. For more information, contact us at (323) 761-8372 or e-mail SubsidyOpps@JewishLA.org.

About the Sam Rosenwald Fellowship

The Sam Rosenwald Fellowship celebrates Sam Rosenwald’s unstoppable passion for Jewish life, and his particular appreciation for transformative experiences and opportunities for young people.

Sam Rosenwald was beloved by many in the Los Angeles Jewish community. Through his work on the Federation Board of Directors as Vice Chair of the Real Estate and Construction Division and Co-Chair of the King David Society, Sam brought new spirit to traditional leadership and encouraged the younger generation to take a seat at the table. He was also an avid supporter of AIPAC, North County Chabad, Vista Del Mar, and Archer School for Girls. Sam was known by friends and colleagues as a man who stood for principals over personalities and saw every glass as half full. He was a committed husband, father, friend, business leader and philanthropist and believed in the greater good, in helping the Jewish community and ensuring the Jewish future. It is said by many that to know Sam Rosenwald was to understand the meaning of the word mensch.

The Sam Rosenwald Fellowship offers Jews in their 20s and 30s living in Los Angeles the opportunity to have meaningful, transformative experiences through immersive, educational opportunities domestically and abroad. Applicants may receive fellowship grants of up to $2,000 toward immersive experiences in North America and overseas, including but not limited to: JDC Entwine travel, short-term Israel programs, Limmud conferences, Moishe House retreats, and more.