About the Institute
The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations was established in 1972 at the Hebrew University, thanks to the generosity of the American philanthropist whose name it bears. Located in the Alfred Davis building on Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus, the Institute is surrounded by evocative vistas. Westward rise the domes and spires of the Old City of Jerusalem; to the east, visible on a clear day, are the Dead Sea and the mountains of Moab; and to the south, one can see the tower of the Augusta Victoria hospice and the Mount of Olives.
The Institute’s identity and mission spring from its position of privilege and responsibility in one of the most fascinating historical cities in the world: Jerusalem, the site of holy places cherished by the three monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Two thousand years after the destruction of the Temple of Herod by the Roman legions, Jerusalem is the capital of the reborn State of Israel, as well as the seat of its government.
Since its inception, the Leonard Davis Institute has provided a nonpartisan and independent platform for research, education, and discussion on issues of international studies in general and Israel’s diplomacy and foreign policy in particular.
The Institute has three broad aims when planning its programs, which are reinforced in this age of globalization:
- To promote research in international relations theory, adopting a broad perspective that draws on a
variety of disciplines.
- To present the universal themes of international politics to the Israeli public, thereby enhancing the
national discourse on these matters.
- To place the Institute’s expertise and consulting capability at the disposal of the national institutions
responsible for Israel’s security and foreign affairs.
Since 1972, the Leonard Davis Institute has served as a center in which researchers from the International Relations and Political Science departments and other related departments at the Hebrew University – as well as other universities and academic centers – can develop and coordinate research programs. To this end, although the Institute is formally part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, its nature and statutes make it an interfaculty and interdisciplinary body. While other institutes of international relations and strategic affairs in Israel tend to specialize in local issues pertaining to war and strategy, the Leonard Davis Institute also researches external affairs, diplomacy, international law and institutions, and negotiation and conflict resolution. The Institute’s audience encompasses the academic community, Israeli governmental institutions, the diplomatic corps, communications media, and the interested general public. We welcome visitors from abroad and provide them with the opportunity to share their ideas and expertise with local colleagues. The Leonard Davis Institute provides generous funds to promote the research of international studies. The Institute grants scholarships to Ph.D. students from the Hebrew University and to Israeli and overseas post-doctoral students; it also awards research grants to the academic staff of the Hebrew University. The Institute organizes extensive public events, including international conferences, seminars, and workshops on important issues on the national agenda. The Leonard Davis Institute also publishes Politika, a Hebrew-language journal on politics and international studies, and a “Working Papers” series in both English and Hebrew.
The Davis Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2017-2018 of up to 90,000 NIS
The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations is pleased to offer Fellowships for postdoctoral student, to Israeli and overseas applicants who are working on issues related to International Relations.
- The fellowship will be paid over a period of twelve months. There is an option to extend that period for a second year based on Academic achievements and availability of funding.
- Applicants must submit their dissertation no later than September 30, 2017, or hold a doctoral degree granted after September 2012.
- The fellow is expected to submit an article or other academic publication, based on her/his research during the post-doc. Any publication should acknowledge the support of the Davis Fellowship. The fellow is also expected to be involved in the Institute’s academic and public activities.
- The elected fellow will also be expected to organize an academic event (Public lecture, workshop etc.).
- The fellow will be eligible to a shared office space, full access to the Hebrew University's libraries, and the Institute's facilities. Fellowship recipients are required to spend at least nine months at the Leonard Davis Institute over the course of the academic year for which they receive the grant. During their stay they are required to be present at their office at least three days a week.
In order to apply, an application form should be submitted. In addition, please provide through the online application system the following documents:
1. Abstract of the post-doctoral research proposal (up to one page).
2. Detailed post-doctoral research proposal in Hebrew or English (up to five pages).
3. Summary of PhD's dissertation in Hebrew or English (up to five pages).
4. Two letters of recommendation (directly e-mailed to the designated email address provided by the system).
5. Curriculum Vitae & list of publications.
6. Copy of the PhD Diploma.
The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Alfred Davis Building, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
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