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Bachelor student financial support
The Hebrew University and the Science Faculty offer a variety of scholarships
Master student financial support
M.Sc. students typically receive financial support consisting of a scholarship and an income earned from working in the department. In most cases, the combined gross income is roughly either 5,250 or 6,530 NIS/month, depending on whether the scholarship is at the standard or increased level, and assuming employment at the usual 50% time; of this, only the earned income, approximately 3000 NIS, is taxed.
Scholarships (Melagot) provide direct financial support, contingent on continued academic performance and the fulfilment of some conditions. The default scholarship is roughly 2250 NIS/month. Outstanding students may receive an increased scholarship of roughly 3530 NIS/month. Scholarships are payed monthly for the duration of support (including summer months).
- First year: Students regularly admitted into the MSc program by are eligible for a scholarship. Eligibility of students accepted under exceptional circumstances is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Second year: Students must have successfully completed all first year course requirements and must have paired with an adviser to begin their thesis work in order to be eligible for a scholarship. it is not necessary for the work to have progressed beyond the first stages.
- Beyond 2nd year: A 5th semester of support is approved on a case by case basis. Scholarships can be extended longer than this only in rare cases.
- Increased scholarships for outstanding students: Strong students may receive increased support, as outlined above. The criteria vary from year to year but typically include the top 30% of students, based on the departments evaluation of their academic achievements. Increased scholarships continue through the second year, provided that the student has successfully completed at least 20 course credits in the MSc program in his first year. Students who did not receive increased scholarship in the first year will be re-evaluated for the second year and may be found eligible for increased scholarship.
- Outside employment: In order to receive a scholarship, students must devote most of their time to their studies. In particular, they must report any employment outside university, and this employment must be limited to no more than one day per week.
Employment in the department: Students who are interested in additional income may be employed as teaching assistants in the department. Work typically includes grading and guiding students during office hours, workshops and homework reviews. In special cases, teaching of recitation classes may be possible during the second year.
Appointments are usually for periods of either 6 or 12 months and are renewed throughout the course of a student’s studies. The salary for an 11-hour work week is roughly 3000 NIS/month for the duration of the appointment. In practice, over the period of a 6 months of appointment, work is assigned only during the 13-14 weeks during which the semester is ongoing, so that on average this pay is for a 5-6 hour work week.
These conditions are formally for 50% time devotion to work, other level of appointment are sometimes possible. Students who are employed at the 50% level are eligible to have their full tuition paid by the university.