The Azrieli Fellows Program promotes excellence in graduate studies at accredited institutions of higher learning in Israel. This competitive and prestigious program provides generous financial support to the best and brightest graduate students, from Israel and abroad, who will use their training to become leaders in their respective fields.
Our goal is to create a cadre of leading professionals and academics who will increase the pool of technological and scholarly human resources in Israel.
This network of leading professionals and academics will raise Israel's profile internationally and maintain strong links between Israel and the rest of the world.
The program is funded by The Azrieli Foundation, which was established to realize the philanthropic vision of David J. Azrieli.
Graduate students at Israeli universities, in the fields and at the degree levels outlined in these guidelines, are eligible to participate in the Azrieli Fellows Program.
The Fellowships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit and other exceptional personal achievements, without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity or age.
Candidates are assessed based on their past academic performance, as well as their potential to make cutting edge contributions to their respective fields. Aspects of personal merit and leadership abilities are also taken into consideration.
Students who wish to apply must be nominated by an accredited academic institution.
The Azrieli Fellows Program is currently open to students in specific fields and at specific academic degree levels.
The following chart outlines what is offered and the duration of the Fellowship:
|Field||Track||Duration of Fellowship||Commencing|
|Sciences*||PhD||Up to 3 years||October 2016|
|Education||PhD||Up to 3 years||October 2016|
|Social Sciences||PhD||Up to 3 years||October 2016|
|Humanities||PhD||Up to 3 years||October 2016|
(with option for renewing
for up to 1 more year)
- Social Sciences
- Architecture & Urban Planning (Masters)
The Azrieli Fellows Program will accept nominations of PhD students who perform cutting edge science research, interdisciplinary & applied. The research areas may include, but are not limited to the following areas of study, broadly defined:
|Exact / Natural Sciences||Technology||Engineering|
The academic institutions eligible to nominate candidates for the PhD Fellowships are:
- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
- Weizmann Institute of Science
- Tel Aviv University
- Bar-Ilan University
- Ben-Gurion University
- University of Haifa
- Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
- Tel Aviv University
- Tel Aviv University
- Ariel University
- Bezalel Academy
- WIZO Academy
Obligations of the Azrieli Fellow
In order to maintain good standing, Azrieli Fellows will be required to sign a form committing themselves to the fulfillment of the following obligations:
- Academic Excellence:
Fellows are obligated to maintain a level of academic excellence throughout the Program – as defined by the university in which they are enrolled.
- Progress reports:
Regular progress reports must be submitted by the Fellow to the Program management twice a year. These reports should outline the Fellow's coursework including marks where relevant, describe any teaching done by the Fellow during this period, and include a list of papers published up to that point. The report must be signed by the Fellow's academic supervisor who may comment where relevant.
- Community Work:
Azrieli Fellows are expected to volunteer 40 hours over the course of the academic year at one of the branches of the Azrieli Institute for Educational Empowerment *, or at an alternative Program to be approved by the Azrieli Fellows Program management. Travel expenses will be covered by the Foundation.
*The Azrieli Institute for Educational Empowerment is a program focusing on high school dropout prevention. Program branches are located in cities throughout Israel, from Kiryat Shmona to Eilat.
- Participation in Program-sponsored events:
In order to foster the exchange of ideas between Azrieli Fellows, and to maintain a sense of group identification, the Program will sponsor several events during the academic year at which Fellows may socialize and share their research and study activities. Some of these events might include: a 'Fellows Forum' series (see section 5 below), the annual Opening Ceremony, informal dinners, seminars, workshops and an end of year party.
- Azrieli Fellows Forums:
The Azrieli Fellows Forums are held approx. 6 times a year, providing the opportunity for Fellows to socialize and share their research and study activities in a multi-disciplinary environment. At these meetings, Fellows present lectures in English on elements of their research. Fellows are encouraged to consult their supervisors for guidance in preparing these lectures.
The work produced by the Fellows during the course of their graduate studies (research papers, Masters and Doctoral theses) will be eligible for publication in an on-line journal that the Foundation will establish and fund entitled “The Azrieli Review.” If possible, the Foundation will also enter into an agreement with one of the university presses in Israel to publish the best dissertations in book form through a program to be called “The Azrieli Series.”
Any written work published by the Fellows while in the Program (eg: articles published in journals, etc.) must acknowledge the support of the Azrieli Foundation in a written dedication. Fellows will also be asked to submit an abstract of their dissertation and published works to the Azrieli Fellows Program management for use in any publicity material produced by the Program, or for presentation on the Foundation website.
- Alumni Activities:
Fellows will be asked to act as ambassadors for the Azrieli Fellows Program – to talk about their experiences with others, to publicize the Fellowship to their colleagues and to potential candidates, and to participate in information sessions for new candidates that may be held in their region. Alumni will be invited to attend ongoing Program activities and events. In the future, it is expected that alumni will assist in the selection process for incoming students.
Obligations of the Academic Institution
- To submit no more than one nominee per supervisor.
- To ensure that nominees at the PhD level have finished their first year of doctoral studies prior to the beginning of the Fellowship.
- To ensure and sign the Nominating Institution Statement Form (attached to the Application Form) which states that the nominee:
- is a full time research (PhD) student.
- has an academic advisor who is a senior faculty member in her/his field of study.
- will be exempt from tuition and other institutional payments should s/he win a Fellowship.
- To submit no more than the number of nominees requested by the Azrieli Fellows Program management in a given year.
- To ensure and report to the Program management on a semi-annual basis that each Fellow is continuing her/his studies and progressing with research and coursework in a manner that is satisfactory to the university. Progress Report Forms will be provided by the Azrieli Fellows Program management.
- To report on any halting of research that lasts more than six months.
- To ensure that the Fellow does not receive any additional living stipend during the course of the Fellowship.
The Azrieli Foundation has no objection to the Fellow's receipt of additional research grants provided they are intended to cover research expenses only. The Azrieli Foundation has no objection to the student’s receipt of supplementary funding to the basic fellowship from the academic institution at which they are enrolled, in accordance with the amounts and policies set by that institution.
- To ensure that during the course of the Fellowship, the Fellow's research is run only within the framework of the university.
- To ensure that any employment taken on by the Fellow within the university is in direct connection to her/his academic training and does not exceed four teaching hours per week.
- The Fellowship is a gift to the students. The university will be the pipeline through which payment is transferred from the Azrieli Foundation to the students.
No overhead will be paid to the university. The university will not deduct any amount from the Fellowship payment without the agreement of the Azrieli Fellows Program management.
Financial arrangements are outlined in a separate contract between each university and the Azrieli Foundation.
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