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Anna Sobol Levy Fellowship Program

The Anna Sobol Levy Fellowship program (ASL), created by the late Captain Jerome E. Levy (USNR) in honor of his mother, is designed for U.S. citizens who are graduate students or recent college graduates with leadership potential for the United States in the 21st century. The purpose of this fellowship is to provide future U.S. leaders considering military or government service an opportunity to learn first-hand about the unique relationship between the U.S. and Israel, to master regional politics, culture, and security affairs, and to study foreign languages.


This Fellowship - in the amount of $12,000 - assists American students for one year in attending the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


ASL fellows may be enrolled as M.A. Degree candidates or as Visiting Students, Visiting Graduate Students, or Visiting Research Students.  

Students who are enrolling in our one-year M.A. degree in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies which is offered entirely in English at the Rothberg International School will be eligible for a one-year fellowship in the amount of $18,000, conditional on approval by the foundations board and maintenance of academic performance. 


Admission Requirements


Application deadline: March 1, 2014


ASL fellows may be enrolled in an M.A. degree program at the RIS or as Visiting Students, Visiting Graduate Students, or Visiting Research Students


Candidates should have studied in the fields of military studies, economic geography, international relations, political science and/or history. They should be under the age of 30 at the time of application. In addition, they must have career goals in the armed services, diplomatic corps, government, or public service. Recent college graduates and students currently enrolled in graduate programs are encouraged to apply.


Application Process


Applicants for the Fellowship must apply for admission to the graduate program of their choice (by applying online), as well as fill out the Anna Sobol Levy Fellowship supplement form  All applicants are encouraged to file the need-based financial aid application in order to determine whether they qualify for additional funding.


The process of reapplying for the fellowship for a second year includes the submission of an up-to-date transcript, a new essay, and an academic reference. Transcripts must be requested by March 1, and will be sent from Jerusalem to the OAA  when they are made available.


Program Requirements


Fellows are required to take the Summer Ulpan, participate in briefings and visits to Israeli military bases, as well as maintain contact, via an established liaison, with the Israel Defense Forces. Fellows may construct their program of studies from a wide variety of courses and are entitled to take one private tutorial with a Hebrew University faculty member.


Tutorials         A tutorial (2 semester hours) provides an instructional framework in which students can study either one-on-one or in small groups with instructors of the Hebrew University faculty. In tutorials, students can investigate areas of knowledge in which they have a special interest. While the format and scheduling of a tutorial are flexible, the student and tutor are expected to meet for at least three sessions in the course of the semester. The topic of the tutorial, reading and written assignments, and a detailed schedule of meetings are to be worked out between the student and the tutor (subject to the approval of the student's academic advisor). A paper is to be submitted at the conclusion of the tutorial course.


For more information on the Anna Sobol Levy Fellowship see the Anna Sobol Levy Foundation website.



Previous Anna Sobol Levy Fellows have graduated from such institutions as:

Amherst College
American University
Brandeis University
Brigham Young University
The Citadel
Clemson University
Cornell University
Columbia University
Duke University
Emory University
Illinois State University
Iowa State University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Naval Post-Graduate School
Rice University
Southwest Missouri State University
Stanford University
Tufts University
United States Military Academy at West Point
United States Naval Academy
United States Naval Postgraduate School
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of Colorado
University of Georgia
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rochester
University of Utah
University of Washington (Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies)
University of Virginia
Virginia Military Institute

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