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Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

Undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing academic studies in Israel should contact the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies for general information and issues related to financial assistance.

There are also two other opportunities:

1. The Sarah Morris Scholarship Award was established in memory of Sarah Morris who died in 2017 at the age of 98. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 while working full time as a bookkeeper. She had received a scholarship to Sir George Williams but couldn't afford the additional cost and went to work instead yet she never lost the desire to get a university education. After receiving her BA she decided to continue taking courses at Concordia and continued doing so into her late eighties. She loved the university environment, loved learning, and loved being among young people. Sarah strived for excellence in everything she did. Her thirst for knowledge and her love of learning were inspirational. She also had a deep love for Israel and Judaic studies. The Sarah Morris Scholarship was established in loving memory of a special woman who left her mark on the world and everyone whose life she touched.

This in-course scholarship is for students studying at the Azrieli Institute. It is open to full-time and part-time students and to either Canadian citizens and permanent residents only.

2. The Sarna-Weigensberg Award is an in-course scholarship for full-time students; either Canadian citizens, permanent residents or international students, in the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies. Recipient must participate in the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies Summer School in Jerusalem or be enrolled in the Israel Studies Minor.

The donors of the Sarna-Weigensberg Award are Csaba Nikolenyi, professor at Concordia University and his wife, Andrea Gondos, PhD, alumna of Concordia University. They are creating this award in honour of Lazar Sarna and Jewel Sarna-Weigensberg to recognise their dedication to Jewish and Isreal education and in memory of their parents Libby and Israel Sarna and Jean and Harvey Leslie Weigensberg.

Contact the Institute to apply or for addtional information.


Congratulations to the 2022 Undergraduate Winners

  • Abdel Lazreg, the recipient of The Sarah Morris Scholarship and Sarna-Weigensberg Award

Graduate Funding Opportunities

The Azrieli Institute is pleased to offer Montefiore graduate fellowships annually in the amount of $7,000 each. 

Our competition cycle for the 2024 academic year is now opened!

In order to apply, students must submit a completed application form, a curriculum vitae, a letter of recommendation from the thesis or dissertation supervisor and one additional letter of recommendation from a Concordia University full time faculty member. Applicants must also submit a 500-word essay that explains how their current or proposed thesis or dissertation is related to Israel Studies.

In order to be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must be registered in a graduate program at any Department at Concordia University. Students are not eligible to receive this fellowship in two consecutive academic years. Decisions about the applications are made by the Awards Committee of the Institute, which is chaired by the Director. 

Congratulations to the 2022-23 Winners

  • Miléna Kartowski-Aïach (Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Humanities PhD Program)
  • Melanie Vogel (Department of Religions and Cultures)
  • Louise Laverty (Department of Religions and Cultures)
  • Naveed L. Salek Nejad (Individualized Program in Humanities)
  • Dustin Barker (Department of Religions and Cultures)

Congratulations to the 2021-22 Winners

  • Cynthia de Petrillo (Department of Religions and Cultures)
  • Francis Parenteau (Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology)
  • Sara Sharpe (Department of Religions and Cultures)
  • Louise Laverty (Department of Religions and Cultures)
  • Alexei Perry Cox (Humanities based in the CISSC)

Congratulations to the 2020-21 Winners

  • Issam Banifadel (Department of Political Science)
  • Lucas Cober (Department of Religions and Cultures)
  • Elliot Mason (Department of Religions and Cultures)
  • Sara Sharpe (Department of Religions and Cultures)

Congratulations to the 2019-20 Winners

  • Tal-Or Ben-Choreen (Department of Art History)
  • Natasha Doyon (Department of Art Education)

Faculty Funding Oppportunities

Are you looking to hire a Research Assistant?  Need some seed money for your research?  The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies has supported projects in the Faculties of Arts and Science and Fine Arts.  The Institute is pleased to support Concordia University faculty in order to support their research in Israel Studies.  If you are a Concordia University member, please complete the application form.



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