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, which normally takes place during winter break in December, but this year, is subject to the health advisories of both Canada and Israel. The 2020-2021 travel portion of the program will occur once it’s safe to travel.
  • 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.


    • 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.


    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 (pre-arranged by CIJA), spending money, and mandatory travel medical insurance.



    • 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.

    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. Due to the highly competitive nature of this program, incomplete applications will not be considered.

    To apply, please submit the following to [email protected] no later than October 30th, 2020

    Email with subject line: Application for IYLP 2020-2021

    • A copy of your CV
    • Statement of interest in the program (maximum 500 words)
    • 2 Letters of reference. Letters should be emailed directly by referees to [email protected]

    All documents are due October 30th, 2020. Due to the highly competitive nature of the program, incomplete applications will not be considered.

    For additional questions,
    please contact 
    Jess Burke

    Associate Director, Campus Advocacy, Community Training

    and LGBTQ2+ Partnerships Liaison

    Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

    (416) 728-6376