With support provided by a generous outside donor, Spertus Institute
for Jewish Learning and Leadership is able to
provide scholarships—through Midcareer Fellowships—to qualified students who
begin the innovative Master
of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) program this
Fellowships are available for employees of Jewish agencies and
organizationswho have at least three years of experience and a commitment
to continuing their work in the Jewish community. Fellowship funds are limited
and will be awarded to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served
of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies program brings together
Jewish professionals from a wide range of organizations to study the issues most
important for those who work with and for the Jewish community. Participants are
able to both advance their careers and enhance the contributions they bring to
Jewish agencies and institutions.
The program’s cohort-based learning
model fosters the development of a network of professional colleagues. Mentoring
by local Jewish leaders allows opportunities for one-on-one advisement on areas
of personal strength and fosters the integration of theory and practice.
Participants graduate having grown personally and professionally, having
cultivated critical leadership skills, built strong communal links, and gained
real insight into how to meet Jewish community needs.
Dr. Dean P. Bell,
Spertus Institute dean and chief academic officer, says the fellowships address
a critical need. “The experience of our graduates proves that committed
professionals working in today’s Jewish community benefit greatly from the
relevant leadership training provided by this program,” he said, “but in the
current economy, the nonprofit agencies and organizations for which they work
just don’t have the funds available to subsidize this kind of high-level,
individualized professional development.”
This opportunity comes at a
time when trained Jewish professionals are in high demand. A recent report by
the Bridgespan Group estimates that 75-90% of Jewish nonprofits will need new
executive leadership in the next five to seven years. The study cautions that
without field-wide professional development programs committed to educating
Jewish leaders, the demand for new executives will be difficult to meet. (For
summary see Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders for Jewish
Nonprofits, April 22, 2014, ejewishphilanthropy.com.)
participants in today’s Spertus Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies
program will be driving the kind of vibrant Jewish organizations needed for our
community’s future” said Dr. Bell.
The full cost of the two-year-long
program is $16,500. Midcareer Fellows will receive a tuition reduction of 45
percent ($7,425) bringing the cost of the entire program to just over $9,000.
Additional scholarship support may also be available. Full information can be
found at spertus.edu.majps. The deadline for
priority consideration is July 15, 2014.