8 Grants to U.S. Postdoctoral Scholars
The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) plans to award eight grants to U.S. postdoctoral scholars who seek to pursue research at Israeli institutions of higher education. Grants are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support programs of work in Israel for up to 20 months (two academic years).
According to USIEF policy, Fulbright postdoctoral fellows must hold official postdoctoral fellow status at their host institutions in Israel, including access to campus resources. Additionally, host institutions will be asked to provide Fulbright postdoctoral fellows a grant no smaller than their own standard institutional postdoctoral award, a description of which should be included in the letter of invitation submitted with the Fulbright application. For more information on the financial contribution required by host institutions, please contact Noa Turgeman at NoaT@fulbright.org.il.
In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
Grant length is up to 20 months. Grants may begin any time in the period of August 2019-April 2020 as agreed upon with host institution. Locations can be any accredited institution of higher education. For the complete list of these institutions visit (http://lang.che.org.il/en/?page_id=15417) There is no flexoption. Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines. During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Middle East and North Africa region may apply for a short-term regional travel grant (five to 14 days) for participation in a variety of activities including faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, conferences, or some combination thereof.
A letter of invitation from an accredited Israeli institution of higher education is required. Each candidate should try to arrange his/her institutional affiliations in Israel independently, including development of the program of work for the proposed visit through contacts with possible host institutions. Please contact Noa Turgeman at NoaT@fulbright.org.il for assistance with identifying suitable host institutions or institutional contacts. As mentioned in the Grant Activity overview, the letter of invitation should also include a description of the standard institutional postdoctoral award that will be provided by the host institution during the fellowship.
Open to academics only
Additional Qualification Information
According to Israeli regulations, a researcher may be defined as a postdoctoral fellow for a period of five years, beginning from the date of the award of his/her doctorate. Thus, to be eligible for a Fulbright fellowship beginning in 2019, candidates must have received their Ph.D. degrees no earlier than April 2016 in order to remain eligible as a postdoctoral researcher for the duration of the Fellowship. Additionally, applicants must receive their Ph.D. no later than August 2019. Candidates must be planning to begin a period of postdoctoral research at an accredited institution of higher education in Israel during the course of the 2019-20 academic year. Individuals who have already begun postdoctoral research activities in Israel prior to the 2019-20 academic year are not eligible. Holders of tenure track positions are also not eligible to apply.
USIEF stipend of up to $70,000 ($35,000 per academic year for two years). In addition, each grantee should receive from his/her host institution a grant no smaller than its own standard postdoctoral award.
The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) seeks to strengthen cultural and educational ties between the United States and Israel through its U.S. Scholar Program. The main criteria in the selection of USIEF grantees are academic excellence, leadership capabilities and the potential of the proposed grant activities to achieve professional objectives while enhancing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Israel. USIEF also aims to allocate grants to scholars and professionals who are representative of the geographic and ethnic diversity of the American people.
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