Scholarships and Electives

Electives in Israel

The Jewish Medical Association (UK) supports electives in Israel which aim to foster links between all UK medical schools, and medical students, with Israeli medicine.

There is a long track record of rewarding elective experience under this scheme. Host institutions in Israel help to make sure that language is not a barrier, and the exposure to medicine based in a culturally diverse society is remarkable.

All UK medical students are eligible for these bursaries, subject to the consent of both their parent and host institutions


The elective scheme is advertised to all medical schools at the start of the academic year.

An application for a Jewish Medical Association (UK) Elective Scholarship in Israel should normally be made at least three months in advance of the start date for your elective.Applications are invited on a rolling basis, as the timing of electives varies considerably between medical schools.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a covering letter explaining the nature of the elective, documentation of approval from the student’s medical school for the elective programme, and documentation from the host teaching hospital / medical school that the student has been accepted.

The following are the Israeli medical schools, along with the main teaching hospitals with which they are associated:

  1. Bar-Ilan University based in the Galilee and has teaching hospitals in Nahariyah (Western Galilee) (where UK students have been placed previously), Nazareth (Scottish and Italian), Safed (Ziv), and Tiberias (Padeh / Poriya).
  2. Ben Gurion University – Goldman Medical School with main teaching hospitals: Soroka, Beersheva; Barzilai, Ashkelon; and Yoseftal, Eilat.
  3. Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical School with main teaching hospitals: Haddasah – Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus, Jerusalem; Kaplan, Rehovot; Sara Herzog, Jerusalem; and Shaarei Zedek, Jerusalem.
  4. Technion – Rappaport Medical School with main teaching hospitals Rambam, Carmel and Bnei Tziyon, all in Haifa; and Haemek, Afula.
  5. Tel Aviv University Medical School with main teaching hospitals Ichilov / Sourasky, Tel Aviv; Sheba / Tel Hashomer, Ramat Gan; Rabin / Beilinson, Petach Tikva; and Wolfson / Holon]

In addition to these places, occasional ad hoc scholarships have been awarded to students doing specific courses (e.g. Medical Ethics), and special arrangements have been made for additional placements, such as in family practice centres, in refugee clinics and in special interest units.

Please contact if you have any queries about an application.

  • The application form can be found here.
  • Application documents should be sent electronically to clearly designated as an “elective application”.
  • A completed hardcopy of the application should also be sent to Jewish Medical Association (UK) PO Box 38278 London NW3 4YG.
  • Students should expect to be notified about the outcome of the application within one month of the Association receiving it.

After the elective has been completed:

  • A written report is required, which appears on the Association website. This should be sent electronically to within three months of completion of the elective.
  • Students may be selected to give an oral presentation on their experiences to members of the Association.
  • Students are expected to maintain contact and if appropriate to become full members of the Association on graduation