Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholarship Programs 2019-20, Israel

Publish Date: Feb 05, 2019

Deadline: Feb 15, 2019


The Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program attracts high-achieving postdoctoral scholars from premier universities in the United States to do research at one of seven Israeli universities. Once they complete their research, many Zuckerman postdocs are expected to accept faculty positions at top North American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit US-Israeli scientific cooperation.

Zuckerman Scholars enjoy unique programming and activities specially organized for them by the host universities, such as touring, educational experiences, and social programs. These programs are aimed at strengthening the scholars’ knowledge of and connection to Israel, and at cultivating an esprit de corps within the program, enabling them to exchange ideas and foster new relationships.

Candidates for the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program are assessed based on their academic and research achievements, as well as on personal merit and leadership qualities, without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or age.

Five postdoctoral scholarships will be given out per participating university for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2019.

Candidates may apply to more than one university.

Duration and Funding

  • Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholarships are for up to two years.

  • Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars receive a scholarship of $52,000 per academic year for up to two years. Of this amount, $50,000 is provided by the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program (with $44,000 for living expenses and $6,000 for research and travel expenses). An additional $2,000 in research funds is directed to scholars through their supervisors at their Israeli universities.

  • If circumstances allow, Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholarships may be renewed on a competitive basis for an additional one or two years.


  • Candidates may apply to more than one university.

  • Candidates must be citizens of the United States or Canada or have a documented status that allows them to study and work in the US.

  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree from a premier university, or if still studying for a Ph.D., must submit their Ph.D. thesis before October 1, 2019.

  • Candidates who began their postdoctoral training at the host institution after October 1, 2018, or who will arrive to begin their training no later than October 1, 2019, may still apply for the upcoming deadline.

  • Candidates must obtain consent from a potential hosting supervisor at the Israeli university/universities the candidate is applying to.

Zuckerman Scholars are required to participate in sponsored events and activities during the academic year. These events include but are not limited to:
  • A day-long academic event at each participating university campus.

  • Visits to various departments, research programs, and research facilities, including opportunities to meet students and faculty at other universities.

  • A Zuckerman Institute scientific seminar with media coverage that will be open to the public, where selected postdoctoral scholars from the participating universities in the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program will present their research.

  • In addition, scholars will be invited to social activities and sightseeing trips. They will be exposed to Israeli culture, meet with various sectors and ethnic groups, and visit science parks and high-tech incubators in Israel.

Publications and Recognition

  • Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars must identify themselves as scholars of the Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program in all academic and scientific papers, articles, publications, presentations (including web pages) of any material based on or advanced under the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program, in the following terms: “This work was supported in part by the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program”

  • Where appropriate, for purposes of branding, clarity and differentiation, the scholar shall name himself or herself as a “Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholar.”

Supporting Documents

  • Curriculum vitae, including a paragraph on demonstrated leadership qualities.

  • List of at least three publications, noting the impact factor of the journals in which the papers were published.

  • Short letter of intent declaring the candidate’s plans to return to the United States or Canada and compete for a university position there.

  • Research proposal (maximum 3 pages).

  • Letter of consent from a potential hosting supervisor at the Israeli university/universities the candidate is applying to.

  • Three letters of recommendation, including a letter from the candidate’s Ph.D. supervisor. If possible, one letter should be from a university other than the one where the candidate’s Ph.D. was granted.

  • Personal statement detailing the candidate’s future career plans.

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