At the Summer Institute for Israel Studies, university faculty from North America and around the world participate in seminars at Brandeis and in Israel that help them design courses in Israel Studies for their home universities.
250 fellows have completed SIIS, teaching thousands of students with syllabi developed at SIIS.
During the first two weeks, SIIS fellows are in residence at Brandeis and participate in seminars taught by distinguished Israel Studies scholars. These seminars focus on Israel’s society, history, politics, culture, foreign affairs, and diplomacy. Fellows are then required to present syllabi for the courses they plan to teach on their home campuses. Accommodations are in shared suites at the university's newest residence halls.
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On a 10-day study tour in Israel, fellows meet with leading figures in public life, the academy and the arts; including politicians and civil servants, writers, public intellectuals, and Jewish and Arab community leaders. Fellows also visit select historical and cultural sites. Participation in this portion of the Summer Institute is highly recommended but optional. Group flight travel from the US to Israel and back is covered. Accommodations are in single rooms in hotels.
Applying to the Summer Institute for Israel Studies
Applicants must be actively teaching at a college or university
that has approved their plans to introduce a course on Israel Studies.
Applications are due on or before January 20th. Notifications will be made by the end of February or beginning of March.
- Fill in the online application form.
- Upload a current Curriculum Vitae.
- Upload a personal statement explaining your background and interest in Israel Studies, your plans for introducing an Israel Studies course at your home institution, and your expectations from participation in the Summer Institute.
- Note the title of the Israel Studies course you plan to teach.
- Upload a sample syllabus of a related course you have already taught. A second syllabus is optional.
- Ask two recommenders to send reference letters directly to email@example.com.
** Important: One letter of recommendation must come from a provost, chair or other senior administrator confirming your institution's interest in offering an Israel Studies course. **
Questions? Contact Keren Goodblatt at firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-736-7310.
If email is not available, use the following postal address: Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Summer Institute for Israel Studies, Brandeis University MS 060, 415 South St., Waltham, MA 02454.