The One-Year Program

Paideia fellows are eligible for scholarships during their studies at Paideia. The scholarship includes tuition-free studies, a study trip to Israel and a monthly stipend of approximately 800€ per month to cover rent and living costs. Since the number of scholarships is limited, students who are financially self-sufficient or have external financing will have a better chances of being accepted to the program.

Scholarships are only awarded to candidates who actively contribute to strengthening Jewish life and culture in Europe and have the potential to continue to do so in their future work. 

This means that scholarships are primarily given to Europeans. Candidates who do not fulfill this criterion may be accepted to the program without scholarship. Candidates who are entitled to state support such as the Swedish CSN are not eligible for Paideia scholarships.


The M.A Program Jewish Civilizations

There are several scholarships avalaible for students accepted to the MA Jewish Civilizations each year. In order to apply for these scholarship students need be enrolled in the One-Year Program.

Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES) scholarships

Since 2016, the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk yearly provides generous scholarships for students continuing their studies towards 120 ECTS Master’s program Jewish Civilization. These scholarships are given for both the studies at Paideia and the studies in Heidelberg.

ELES provides scholarships for up to five eligible students accepted to the MA Jewish Civilizations each year. Awarded a monthly stipend of up to 597Euro and a book allowance of 300Euro, selected students must be enrolled at a German University at all times during the two-year program. Scholarships are initially granted for up to one year and can be extended until the end of studies. In order to apply for this scholarship you need be an EU-citizen, have completed a BA, and be enrolled to the MA program in Heidelberg.

Szloma-Albam-Stiftung Scholarship

The Szloma-Albam Foundation provides scholarships during the 2nd year of the MA Jewish Civilizations. The funding period begins upon arrival in Heidelberg and entails
monthly payments of 725 euros, for a minimum duration of 5 months. Scholarship holders
may apply for extensions at the discretion of the Szloma-Albam-Stiftung. Preference will be
given to highly qualified candidates with non-EU citizenship that have strong ties to their
respective Jewish communities or are in other ways institutionally engaged in fostering
Jewish life and culture.

The Federal President’s Grant

In his function as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier was awarded the Ignatz Bubis Prize for Understanding in 2016. Now President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Steinmeier has generously donated 25.000.- Euro of this prize toward the creation of a scholarship fund for candidates in Jewish Studies.

Preference will be given to those with non-EU citizenship, striving to complete the Master of Arts in Jewish Civilizations. The funding period will begin upon arrival in Heidelberg and entails a monthly stipend of Euro 735.- for a minimum duration of 5 months.