Grad Program

The Kay Advanced Israel Studies Program

The graduate program in Israel Studies at the University of Maryland

In the fall of 2013, the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies welcomed its first students entering its multidisciplinary graduate program, known as the Kay Advanced Israel Studies Program after its benefactor, the late Jack Kay zl.  The program offers individualized instruction at UMD with opportunities for study and research in Israel, as well as generous graduate fellow­ships for qualified students who, upon admission, will become Jack Kay Distinguished Graduate Fellows in Advanced Israel Studies.  Information is now available for prospective students thinking of beginning graduate study in the fall of 2018; applications are now being accepted. Please be sure to meet the deadlines for the department you are applying to; most are listed below.

Fellowship grants will be offered to students interested in concentrating their graduate work on Israel within one of departments listed below at the University of Maryland (study in other relevant departments may be possible).  Prospective students must apply through a disciplinary program (M.A. or Ph.D.) and satisfy the admissions requirements and any prerequisites of that department.  Israel Studies faculty will work closely with the admitting department and the student to design an individualized program of study including a thesis or dissertation on Israel.  Degrees will be awarded by the department.

All students will be offered the opportunity to study for a semester or a year at Tel Aviv University, pursuant to an agreement for exchange of faculty and students between UMD and TAU.  This is in addition to any Hebrew language study that may be needed, and a research year in Israel.

Applicable Graduate Programs :

Contact us if you may be interested in studying in another department

Significant or full financial aid (including teaching assistantships) will be offered to all students admitted to the program.


For questions or additional assistance, please contact:
Professor Paul Scham
Executive Director
Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

pscham@umd.edu