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Lady Davis Trust International Fellowships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem 2018, Israel

Publish Date: Sep 26, 2017

Deadline: Nov 30, 2017

The Lady Davis Trust offers two different Fellowships:

  1. for Visiting Professors
  2. for Post-doctoral researchers

The minimum criteria for eligibility are:

For Visiting Professors:

1.  Please read carefully the paragraph below headed, "You must have an academic sponsor..."

2.  You must be a Full or an Associate professor.

3.  Visiting Professorships are only awarded to candidates who apply from Universities outside of  Israel .

4.  Visiting Professors are typically expected to teach.  The Academic Committee will favourably view an application that includes an intention to teach courses or participate in or lead seminars.  Visiting Professors also engage in research with their hosts, or interact with other Faculty members.  The precise mix of activities will be mutually decided upon by the Visitor and his/her academic sponsor.

5.  Visiting Professors who have been awarded a Fellowship for 2016-17 may reapply for another providing at least 3 academic years have elapsed between applications.  In other words, a Visiting Professor, who has been awarded a Fellowship for 2016-17,
may apply again for the year 2020-21.

For Post -Doctoral Researchers

1.  Please read carefully the paragraph below headed, "You must have an academic sponsor..."

2.  If you are applying for the Academic Year 2018-2019 you must have received your Doctorate not earlier than the first of October, 2013.

3.  If you have engaged in Post-Doctoral Research at Hebrew University in any other framework, without a break from October, 2014, you will not be eligible to apply.

If you have engaged in Post-Doctoral Research at Hebrew University in any other framework, without a break before October, 2015, you will be eligible to apply for only one year of the Fellowship.  You will not be able to apply for an extension. 

4.  Fellowships are rarely awarded to candidates who acquired their Doctorate at the Hebrew University and who wish to continue immediately after the Doctorate with a Post-Doctoral Fellowship - such candidates are required to contact the Trust's office for further details (at: 02-651-2306).

5.  You may apply even if you intend to submit your dissertation for judgement in the period between the 1st of January, 2018 and the 30th of September, 2018.  If the Academic Committee decides to award a Fellowship,  payment will be contingent upon providing proof that the dissertation has been submitted/approved before the 30th of September, 2018.


Sponsors in the Faculties of Science, Medicine, Dentistry and Agriculture will be expected to cover:

1. 20% of the total cost of the Fellowship for Visiting Professors.
2. 50% of the total cost of the Fellowship for Post-Doctoral Researchers even in the first year.

In the case of Visiting Professors, the Trust will submit a request to the sponsor for the payment of the 20% mentioned.  In the case of Post-Doctoral Researchers, the sponsor will pay for the first half of the year and the Fellowship will pay the second half.   

Prospective candidates must establish contact with the relevant Faculty or Department at the Hebrew University, and ensure that there is a Faculty member willing to sponsor the application. We will not be able to process an application without a sponsor.

An academic sponsor does not simply agree to passively supervise your research from time to time while you are at the Hebrew University.  We expect your sponsor to actively support your research proposal because it is of a nature that is closely connected to and compliments his/her own particular expertise, and opens up new areas of study which he/she would be interested to pursue.  Therefore, the enthusiasm he/she can show in the letter of support to actively collaborate with you on your proposed research will indicate to the Academic Committee the importance he/she attaches to your proposed visit.

A sponsor must have the rank of Lecturer (or above) and he/she must be on the Regular Academic Track at the Hebrew University.  An Emeritus Professor may be a co-sponsor but not the main sponsor.

If you are applying for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship your Ph.D Advisor will not be allowed to serve as your sponsor.

You may have more than one sponsor who is willing to support your application from the same Faculty/Department.  If your area of research is inter-disciplinary, you must have at least one sponsor from each Faculty/Department.   However, in any case, you may only submit ONE application and you will have to decide which Faculty/Department is your 'Major' and channel your application through that Faculty/Department.

Each sponsor is allowed only one candidate for each of the two different Fellowship levels.  In other words the same sponsor may support one Visiting Professor and one Post-Doctoral Researcher in any one academic year.  Please check that your sponsor is not supporting any other candidate at your level. However if a candidate has been awarded an extension of an extra year to his Fellowship, that same sponsor may support a new candidate in the year of the extension.

There is no special form that a sponsor needs to fill out - a letter will suffice.

Please ensure that the sponsor clearly indicates that he/she has no plans to be either on Sabbatical or unpaid leave during the relevant year of the Fellowship. The academic committee also requires the sponsor to assess whether or not the stated research can be completed in one year or whether there will be a need for an extension of one more year.

Deadline for Applications

For the academic year from October 1st, 2018 to September 30th, 2019:

Visiting Professorships Deadline:

November 30th, 2017

Post-doctoral Researchers Deadline:

December 31st, 2017

Post-doctoral Researchers (one year extension) Deadline:

December 31st, 2017


One Year Extensions

Post-doctoral researchers may request an extension of one year only to their Fellowships. The deadline for such an extension is as advertised above. There is no need to submit all the information again.
We will need:
  1. A letter from the candidate explaining the request for the extension. 
  2. A supporting letter from the sponsor confirming the request for the extension which must include a written commitment to fund half the cost of the Fellowship (see the note below). 
  3. Updated CV - Please be sure to include your current address and telephone number.  Please do not simply send a photocopy of what you sent us the previous year.  Your updated CV must at least include a line stating which Fellowship you were awarded, whether Lady Davis or otherwise.
  4. Updated List of Publications
Extensions are awarded to Post-Doctoral Researchers only if there is a committment on the part of the sponsor, or the Department, or the Faculty to fund half the cost of the Fellowship. 
For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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