Scholarships & Fellowships
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership is committed to serving our students and ensuring equal access to our high-quality learning and leadership programs. A Spertus education builds and strengthens community leaders, and the Spertus Scholarship Program makes our programs accessible to students with varied interests, backgrounds, and professional experiences.
Multiple options are available, depending on program and specific eligibility requirements. Limited funds are granted based on demonstrated need, academic achievement, and promise.
For midcareer Jewish communal professionals applying to the MA in Jewish Professional Studies or Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies. These Fellowships are made possible with the support of a generous outside donor.
- 5+ years since receipt of undergraduate degree
- 3+ years working in Jewish communal services (does not need to be contiguous)
- Currently employed in a Jewish organization for a minimum of 15 hours per week
- Commitment to successfully completing the coursework according to program schedule
- Commitment to the field of Jewish communal service
- Satisfactory in-person interview to assess qualifications for successful program completion
Fellowship funds are limited. Fellowships are awarded to qualified students on a first-come, first served basis.
The Spertus Chicago Scholarship
Jewish Studies Scholarships
The Jewish Studies Scholarship is for Master of Arts in Jewish Studies, Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies, and Doctor of Hebrew Letters students who demonstrate financial need and/or academic promise. Scholarships are awarded on a per course basis and are made possible in part through the generosity of Gene and Adele Hoffman. Contact Amie Barrish (information below) to find out more.
Certificate in Jewish Leadership Scholarship
Need-based, limited scholarships for participants in our Certificate in Jewish Leadership programs. Participants of special, subsidized cohorts are not eligible for this additional funding.