Israel Young Leaders Program

The Israel Young Leaders Program (IYLP) is a highly competitive experiential learning initiative that provides Canadian student leaders with a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about Israel through first-hand experience in a holistic and intellectually honest fashion. Participants spend 7 days on the ground learning about Israeli history, society, politics, culture and the Arab-Israeli conflict through:

– Touring historical sites
– Meeting with a diverse array of politicians, journalists, and professors
– Interacting and travelling with Israeli student peers.

Program description:

IYLP is comprised of the following core elements:
  • Pre-program education, including required readings, video-conference discussions, and interactive webinars
  • 7-day travel program in Israel, departing Toronto December 27, 2019 and returning to Toronto January 4, 2020.
  • Writing an article or think piece on a topic related to the program itself, Israel and/or conflict in the Middle East
  • Participation in post-travel discussions/events.
The program will also provide participants with access to a diverse network of alumni.


  • Meetings with Israeli and Palestinian academics, political figures, and experts
  • Encounters with Israeli university students and international students studying in Israel
  • Programs at Israeli universities both discussing academic issues, and providing students with a view into life in Israel, combined with exchanges/study opportunities
  • Travelling to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, and the Golan Heights
  • Visiting holy sites, historical sites, museums, and kibbutzim
  • Exploring disputed territories (Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, the security barrier)
  • Experiencing Israeli culture through cuisine and nightlife.


Only $750 CDN + $100 USD (this includes: Toronto-Tel Aviv flights, accommodations, 2 meals per day, transportation, educational programs in Israel, and all gratuities). Students are responsible for: travel to/from Toronto, 1 meal per day, spending money, and mandatory travel medical insurance.


  • Open to Canadian citizens, with a valid passport (valid for 6 months from date of return)
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time university program (undergraduate, graduate, or professional)
  • Applicants must have experience in either Canadian politics (federal, provincial or municipal) or student government
  • Demonstrated leadership in journalism and/or political advocacy and activism is an asset
  • Acceptance will be based on an application process, interview and commitment to pre-travel education, Israel program participation and post-travel follow up.
*Students eligible for programs through Taglit/Birthright/Canada-Israel Experience are not eligible for this program.

Application process:

Please read the program requirements above carefully before completing your application.  Participants must be willing to participate in all aspects of the program.
To apply, please submit the following to no later than September 30, 2019.
Email with subject line: Application for IYLP 2019-20
  1. A copy of your CV
  2. Statement of interest in the program (maximum 500 words)
  3. 2 Letters of reference. Letters should be emailed directly by referees to
All documents are due September 30, 2019. Due to the highly competitive nature of the program, incomplete applications will not be considered.

For additional questions, please contact

Jess Burke
Manager, Campus Advocacy, Community Training
and LGBTQ2+ Partnerships Liaison
Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
(416) 728-6376


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