Welcome to Our Admissions Page
Thank you for your interest in applying to TALMA!
If you are considering submitting an application to join us in Israel as a 2021 TALMA Fellow, there are a few questions to consider in order to determine your eligibility.
There isn't a one-size-fits-all recipe for our perfect candidate; however, there are several key factors we consider. If you can answer yes to all of the following questions, then we welcome your application! Please scroll below for a deeper dive into our recruitment priorities. If you answer yes to most, please feel free to apply and your application
will receive our full consideration. Whenever possible, we find opportunities to make 'exceptions for exceptional candidates.'
Are you a certified educator with at least one year of teaching experience?
TALMA was created to address a deficit in qualified educators in peripheral communities throughout Israel, specifically in core subjects such as the English language. Accordingly, it is important to us that the solution we offer includes qualified, certified, and capable educators with the appropriate professional experience and content knowledge to help us achieve our mission to close opportunity gaps for underserved children.
Have you previously been to Israel? If not, do you have a relevant interest in wanting to bring your teacher talents to Israel?
We prioritize applicants with prior travel to Israel because TALMA is a challenging (albeit redeeming!) experience that requires the full focus of a participant. Those who have not previously been to Israel will have a full load acclimating to the culture and attempting to understand the complexities of this multifaceted society while also juggling the needs of teaching by day and partaking in our professional development programming. While we do allow some time for exploration and the program offers two free weekends (plus the opportunity to extend one's travel), TALMA is not a tourism initiative - and by selecting Fellows with prior travel to Israel, we can ensure the focus is on TALMA and the students.
That said, for the right candidate with relevant interests, motivations, and connections to Israel, we do make exceptions. Do you teach in a dual language school that teaches students Hebrew or Arabic? Do you have familial ties to Israel? Is your country a participating country in the recent Abraham Accords Peace Agreement? Please be prepared to justify why you wish to join us in Israel - of all places. There is no right or wrong answer to this question, only what is meaningful for you. We are listening!
Are you a forward-thinking educator who is passionate about social justice and believes ALL children deserve access to an excellent education?
TALMA caters to ALL children, regardless of religion ethnicity, or race - though we do prioritize serving underserving communities in Israel's social and geographic periphery. We work with all populations and social sectors spanning Jewish, Bedouin, Druze, Palestinian and Arab-Israeli Muslims and Christians, Ethiopian-Israeli populations, and more. If you don't believe in educational opportunity for ALL, TALMA is not for you. If you do, keep reading!
Are you a life-long learner who is eager to better your practice as a teacher and grow your influence as a leader?
We provide our applicants with first-class professional development opportunities; however, the impact of those programs is dependent on the interest level of our participants. We need teachers who are also passionate learners, engaged listeners, and active participants.
TALMA's professional development program includes:
Informal professional development in the classroom alongside a local Israeli co-teacher
A multi-day national orientation program and learning retreat with all participants.
A regional orientation enabling you to better understand the school community and population you're serving. **Cultural competence is key!**
After-school programs that allow for free-time each day balanced with a formal professional development program that includes:
Pedagogy based training
Social networking events to meet and learn from participants from around the globe
Mentor groups and dinners
Start-Up Nation programming that includes learning from the entrepreneurial spirit of one of the most innovative nations in the world by visiting local and national social initiatives and hearing from entrepreneurs
A speaker series that includes various discussion panels
Team building initiatives
Are you a young professional looking to activate your leadership and grow your involvement and engagement in your local community and the world at large?
As a non-profit, TALMA receives a significant portion of funding from private foundation partners and grants, many of which have stipulations that can include who the grant funds are intended to serve.
As a program that has gained a reputation for effective and engaging leadership development programming, and an initiative with a track record of activating social engagement and involvement of early-career young professionals, TALMA has become a go-to partner and grant beneficiary for organizations seeking to activate the leadership and engagement of promising young leaders. Many such grants place an emphasis on cultivating "young professionals" which traditionally refers to young people in their 20s and 30s, under 40.
Accordingly, TALMA prioritizes candidates who fulfill the obligations of such grants. Though we welcome applicants of all ages to apply - and we accept Fellows at all stages of their careers including tenured educators - applicants who fulfill grant obligations will receive priority consideration.
Will you use this opportunity to fuel your engagement in the fight for a more equitable and just world? How do you hope to put this experience to use?
While we ask a lot of our TALMA participants in the way of time and engagement, we offer a lot back in return: personal and professional development, a wonderful network, career support, leadership development, and the adventure of a lifetime. How will you use TALMA to further your impact?
Our Summer 2021 application is officially open. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 1, 2020.
New candidates can complete the summer application FOUND HERE.
Alumni & 2020 Fellows should complete the summer application FOUND HERE.
Alumni & Accepted Summer Fellows interested in the Full-Year Fellowship can complete the application FOUND HERE.
We thank you for your interest in TALMA and look forward to getting to know you better throughout this process!
Applications received by January 1st, 2021 will receive priority consideration.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis - solid candidates who do not meet all qualifications may be waitlisted until later applicants are reviewed.
Questions? Head to FAQS