+ When should I apply?
Registration opens in March and closes in May, when the selection cycle begins. Applications will not be accepted before or after that timeframe. The 10-month fellowship year begins after the Jewish holidays around October. Click here for more information.

+ What are the entrance requirements?
Candidates must have at least a bachelor's degree before their fellowship begins. Candidates who have not completed their bachelor's degrees by the end of August will not be accepted. A grade average of at least 85 (B+) is required for consideration. A strong background in quantitative research methods and economics is preferred but not required. Proficiency in statistical software such as SAS or Stata is an advantage for some internship opportunities. The required qualifications can be found here.

+ Is the program open only to Israelis?
The Milken Institute Fellows Program trains Israel's up-and-coming young professionals to become creative problem-solvers, finance and policy experts, and future business, government, and academic leaders. Our fellows are committed to building a strong, vibrant economy and society in Israel. Therefore, Israeli citizenship and fluency in Hebrew are required.

+ How do you select research topics?
We match fellows with internships and research areas that coincide with the ongoing work of the Milken Institute Israel Center. Generally, your research project will address some issue related to economic development, entrepreneurial finance, financial reform or regional development. We take each fellow's research interests into account when making selection and placement decisions. The final research topic takes into account your interests, the Milken Institute's work, and the government's areas of need and interest.
On the application form, you will be asked to choose from several general research areas, or you can suggest a research topic. If you suggest a topic, you must provide a short research outline. You can review recent topics in the list of publications at the bottom of the Milken Institute Israel Center's home page.

+ Must I live in Jerusalem during the fellowship?
There is no relocation requirement. However, you will spend at least four days a week in Jerusalem, usually for long, intense internship tasks.

+ Can I study for my graduate degree while I'm in the fellows program?
Yes. However, you must be available five days a week for a full-time internship. The fellowship includes placement, research, and additional activities, and is very demanding. You will be expected to give priority to your responsibilities as a fellow and attend all weekly sessions. Therefore, your curriculum should not conflict with the fellows' weekly seminar (Wednesday afternoons) or the academic course (usually Monday evenings, but it varies according to the Hebrew University's scheduling preferences).

+ Can I work during the fellowship year?
No. The Milken Institute Fellows Program is a very intensive experience. Research standards are extremely high, and the training and hands-on learning via the internship will require your full attention and focus. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

+ How much is the monthly stipend, and are there other benefits?
Fellows receive a research stipend of 7,500 NIS a month for the 10 months of the program. They are also reimbursed for approved program-related expenses, and receive a subscription to two leading daily business newspapers, an official program e-mail address, and business cards. Travel expenses are covered by the ministries. Fellows have access to several high-profile events, conferences and private lectures throughout the year. Fellows are responsible for their own social security and health-care payments.

+ Where are your graduates today?
Many of our fellows remain in public service as staff or consultants. Others have pursued graduate degrees at Yale, UCLA, Columbia, the London School of Economics, and other top-tier international universities, or have completed advanced degrees in Israel. Some fellows have entered the private sector, particularly in the areas of media, capital markets, and government relations. Read more about our graduates here.
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