The Marks Endowment Fellowship


The Marks Endowment Fellowship is an educational grant program for Jewish young adults, who wish to participate in immersive learning experiences in Israel. With individual awards of up to $2,000, The Marks Endowment Fellowship makes it possible for young Jews in the LA area to continue their education, while deepening their personal connection to Israel.

Since 1968, the Marks Endowment Fellowship has made it possible for young adults living in Los Angeles to travel to Israel in pursuit of their academic ambitions.

Made possible by a generous donation from Joshua Marks in honor of his father Sir Simon Marks, the Marks Endowment Fellowship grants offer young people the opportunity to further their education at a variety of Israeli institutes and programs of higher learning.

Due to COVID-19 this process is currently paused. If you would like to be notified when the application reopens please contact


  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Acceptance to a program in Israel — OR — approval of a research plan through a Los Angeles-based university.
  • Commitment to the LA Jewish community, demonstrated by prior involvement — OR — a planned, future commitment.
  • Residence in Los Angeles and plans to return immediately to Los Angeles. Gap year applicants are required to provide proof of plans to return to LA (i.e. university enrollment).
  • First-time participation in long-term Israel program.
  • Applications can be submitted at any time, but they must be received at least three months prior to planned travel.
  • Programs in Israel must have an American tax ID, as Fellowship funds cannot be sent directly to individuals, or to Israel.
  • Eligible programs may not exceed 12 months.
  • Fellowships may be combined with other scholarships and/or grants.
  • Applicants may only apply once, and only before the start of their intended program.
  • Fellowship grant cannot be used for any immersive experience that is organized by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles as these experiences are already highly subsidized by the Federation



Due to COVID-19 this process is currently paused. If you would like to be notified when the application reopens please contact

Submission Process
After completing the online application, candidates must provide the Federation with a copy of their letter of acceptance into their chosen program, a copy of their academic transcript, and two letters of recommendation specific to their program – one academic, and one personal.

Documents can be e-mailed to:
— OR —
Hard copies can be sent to:
The Jewish Federation
6505 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Please notify us via email if hard copies are sent.


This opportunity is provided in partnership with The Jewish Community Foundation Los Angeles.

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