Welcome to Our Admissions Page

Thank you for your interest in TALMA's summer and yearlong fellowships! If you are considering submitting an application to join us in Israel as a TALMA Fellow, there are a few questions to consider in order to determine your eligibility.

While there is no 'one-size-fits-all' recipe for the perfect TALMA candidate; there are several key factors we consider.Please scroll down for a deeper dive into our recruitment priorities. If you answer yes to all questions, we encourage you to apply


Don't quite check all the boxes? Whenever possible, we find opportunities to make 'exceptions for exceptional candidates.'

Are you a certified educator with at least one year of teaching experience?

(Priority Consideration)

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?

(Priority Consideration)

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 the summer fellowship does allow some time for exploration and 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. Likewise, for the full-year fellowship, we have found that prior exposure to Israel lends itself to the most successful integration.


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 such as Hebrew Public Charter Schools? 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?

(Priority Consideration)

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?

(Priority Consideration)

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?

(Priority Consideration)

As a non-profit, TALMA receives a significant portion of funding from private foundation partners and grants, many of which have stipulations that include who grant funds are intended to serve.


As a program that has gained a reputation for effective and engaging leadership development and a track record of activating social engagement and involvement of early-career 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 people age 40 and under - with the majority of fellows being in their mid twenties to late thirties.


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 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 and full-year applications are officially open. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning late September and continue through the year.


  • New candidates - for summer AND/OR full-year - should complete the general application FOUND HERE.

  • Alumni 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!





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Contact the Admissions Office at admissions@talmaisrael.com

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