The Mandel Program for Social Leadership in the North: Admission Requirements and Applications​​


Minimum Admission Requirements

  1. Academic degree from a recognized academic institution
  2. Proven experience in leading initiatives or in positions with direct responsibility for personnel and budgets
  3. Residence or employment in Northern Israel​

​​Admissions Process​

  1. Initial selection of candidates will be based on a review of the application forms and accompanying documents.
  2. Admissions workshop: Applicants who pass the initial stage will be invited to participate in a workshop. Workshops will include group activities and individual assignments.
  3. Individual interviews will be conducted with candidates who successfully pass the workshop stage.
The admissions process will be conducted by the faculty of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North. Acceptance to the program is at the sole discretion of the Center’s faculty.​


Program fellows who fulfill all requirements will receive a “Graduate of the Mandel Program for Social Leadership” diploma upon completion of their studies.  



  1. Applications must be submitted by October 21, 2018.
  2. The selection process will take place during November 2018 through February 2019. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February. 
  3. Studies will begin on September 2, 2019. 
  4. Conclusion of studies: August, 2019.​​

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the program award a degree?
​No. The program awards a “Graduate of the Mandel Program for Social Leadership” diploma.

Are there any tuition fees or expenses?
Participation in the program does not require any form of payment, as the program is fully funded by the Mandel Foundation–Israel. The only investment required of fellows is their time and effort.

What is the size of the stipend provided?
Program fellows will receive a living stipend of NIS 10,000 per month for 12 months. This stipend is intended to enable fellows to devote all their time to their study during the course of the program. Fellows must arrange payment of National Insurance and health insurance payments on their own during their year of study.

Where will studies be held?
Studies will be held at the new home of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North, on the campus of the Oranim Academic College of Education. 

Are there examinations or grades?
No. There are no examinations in the program, and no grades are given. However, significant effort is necessary in order to complete the various course assignments (e.g., reading, research, individual and group written assignments, verbal presentations, expert consultations, etc.), and fellows are expected to invest in learning from field work. Fellows will also be expected to work on a social initiative – or “personal project” – that they will develop over the course of the program.

Does the program include fellows of both sexes and all ages?
Program fellows include men and women, Jews and Arabs, of all ages. Anyone who meets the program’s minimum requirements is eligible to apply.​