Thanks To Scandinavia and the Benjamin Sperling Bequest to the Hebrew University have endowed two scholarships of up to $12,000 each in memory of Frances and Benjamin Sperling, for students from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, who wish to pursue graduate studies at the Hebrew University.  Recipients are not eligible for any additional Israel-based financial aid. The scholarship is for a single year and is not renewable. A non-refundable application fee of US $80 must be paid to the Rothberg International School by the candidate upon submission of the application form.

The Graduate Year Program is designed to meet the special needs of qualified graduate students from abroad who wish to spend a year at the Hebrew University, whether they are M.A. or Ph.D. candidates or recent college graduates who have not yet commenced a program of graduate study. While this is not a degree program, a full transcript is provided in order to facilitate the transfer of credit.

The RIS Division of Graduate Studies, established in 1993, functions under the auspices of the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, and the Rothberg International School. The Division offers degree and non-degree options, with seminars and lectures in Jewish Studies, Politics and Society of Israel, Islam and the Middle East, Biblical Studies, Comparative Religion, and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Modern Hebrew language instruction is available at all levels, as are language courses in Biblical Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, Akkadian, and Biblical Aramaic. Courses in the Division are taught in English by members of the Hebrew University faculty and distinguished visitors. These courses are recognized by the Hebrew University as equivalent to courses offered in its departmental degree programs. In addition, students with a sufficient command of Hebrew are encouraged to take graduate courses taught in Hebrew in all the faculties and schools of the Hebrew University, including Science, Medicine and Pharmacy.

Admission Requirements and Application  

Application deadline: April 1

Candidates must apply for a graduate program as well as the fellowship.

Admission to the Division of Graduate Studies is based on transcripts, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. Applicants must have the equivalent of a “B” (3.2) grade average.
Candidates for the Fellowship should have a B.A. degree or equivalent and wish to spend a year of study within the framework Division of Graduate Studies of the Hebrew University’s of the Rothberg International School (RIS). In addition, candidates must provide proof of citizenship in one of the Scandinavian countries. Students from Scandinavia who have been living in Israel for no more than one calendar year at the time of application may also submit their applications to the Rothberg International School and to the appropriate Scandinavian organization for screening.

For further information contact the appropriate person listed below. These people will also make the initial screening. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the RIS Division of Graduate Studies. The final decision will be made in Jerusalem, by the Selection Committee, chaired by the Provost of the RIS.


Mr. Otto Rühl, Lecturer, MA

Sprydet 81Dk 30-70
SnekkerstenTel: +45 49 25 3900
Fax: +45 49 22 4204


Philip Blüdnikow     

Academic Affairs Officer
Embassy of Israel
Lundevangsvej 4
DK-2900 Hellerup
Tel: +45 88 18 55 38
Fax: +45 88 18 55 55
E-mail: academic@copenhagen.mfa.gov.il


Hugo Lagercrantz MD PhD DrhcSenior Professor of Pediatrics

Acta Paediatrica
Karolinska University Hospital
X5:0117176 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 5177/4700  or/2487


Ms. Evelyn Gottlieb

Public Relations
Embassy of Israel
Box 14006104 40 Stockholm
Tel: +46-8-528 06 524
Fax: +46-8-662 53 01
E-mail: public.relations@stockholm.mfa.gov.il


Mr. Patrick McGowan

Cultural Officer
Embassy of Israel
POB 534 Skøyen
N-0214 Oslo
Tel: + 47 21 01 9520
Fax: + 47 21 01 9530



Ms. Anna-Maria Tukiainen

Culture Officer
Embassy of Israel
Yrjönkatu 36 A 6
00100 Helsinki
Tel: +358 9 681 20 224



Division of Gradaute Studies

Rothberg International School
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Boyar Building, Mount Scopus Jerusalem 91905
Tel: 972 25 88 3184
Fax: 972 25 82 2363