The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) plans to award 8 grants to American post-doctoral scholars who are about to begin a program of research at Israeli institutions of higher education which will commence during the 2017/2018 academic year. The total length of the proposed program of work in Israel must be at least two academic years (20 months net in Israel).
The Fulbright award totals $40,000, $20,000 per academic year. Fulbright funding supplements basic post-doctoral stipends provided by Israeli host institutions.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens; permanent resident status is not sufficient.
- Candidates must be planning to begin a period of post-doctoral research at an accredited institution of higher education in Israel during the course of the 2017/2018 academic year. Individuals who have already begun research activities in Israel prior to the application date are not eligible.
- Candidates must be planning to conduct post-doctoral research in Israel for a period of at least two academic years (20 months net).
- According to Israeli regulations, a researcher may be defined as a post-doctoral 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, candidates must have received their PhD degrees no earlier than April 2014.
- Holders of a tenure-track position are ineligible.
- Candidates must be in good health. All applicants selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be activated.
- A formal hosting commitment, including a commitment to provide financial support, must be received by USIEF from an eligible institution by November 2016 in order for a candidate to be evaluated in the final stage of the grant allocation process.
- Prior to activation of grants awarded, candidates selected must give proof of completion of all requirements for receipt of the doctoral degree.
- Prior conviction or current indictment for a felony may result in disqualification.
- Please note: only spouses and dependent children are eligible to receive visas, paralleling those awarded to Program Fellows.
- Academic excellence is the primary criterion for the evaluation of candidates.
- Possession of skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Israel is an important evaluation criterion. Thus, in addition to describing the research planned, a post-doctoral project proposal should also provide a concise description of the broader cultural goals of a post-doctoral experience in Israel: what would the candidate like to learn about Israel; in what activities in addition to research does he/she expect to become involved; how does the candidate expect to share his/her Israeli experiences upon return to the US.
- Leadership qualities are an important evaluation criterion.
- Preference will be given to candidates who have received their doctorates within the three-year period prior to the presentation of their applications.
- Preference will be given to candidates who have not had substantial, recent professional experience in Israel.
- Preference will be given to candidates who have not had previous Fulbright grants.
- Hebrew language proficiency is not an evaluation criterion, unless such proficiency is required in order to carry out the proposed plan of work.
- USIEF stipend of $40,000 ($20,000 per academic year for two years), payable in dollars. In addition, each grantee will receive from his/her host institution a grant no smaller than its own basic post-doctoral award.
- Limited health insurance for the grantee only
- Orientation meetings in the US (attendance compulsory) and in Israel and other grantee events during the course of the academic year
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