Summer Institute for Israel Studies

Publish Date: Sep 22, 2015

Deadline: Jan 20, 2016

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.

At Brandeis
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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In Israel
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.

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Brandeis University covers travel expenses (within North America and to Israel), accommodations, and most meals. Fellows participating in both the Brandeis and Israel segments will receive a stipend of up to $2,500. Fellows participating solely in the Brandeis seminar will receive a stipend of up to $1,500.

Israel Studies Resources
We have created a vast online resource center known as Jellyfish which allows our fellows to access SIIS syllabi, articles, archives, podcasts and more. 

Following the program, fellows join an SIIS listserve and facebook page, providing a community of peers with whom to network and exchange ideas on Israel Studies pedagogy and course development.

Ongoing Programming
The Summer Institute cultivates meaningful programming for SIIS fellows by inviting them to attend annual conferences, webinars and workshops at Brandeis. They engage with an academic community that includes Israel Studies faculty at Brandeis and beyond, Brandeis post-doctoral fellows, and heads of Israel Studies centers worldwide.

Our Zionism in the Twenty-First Century conference included an SIIS fellows workshop with Anita Shapira "On Constructing Narratives" using her new book as a reference,  Israel: A History.

Our webinar series for that academic year included discussions about Israel's recent election, its post-1948 visual landscape, and the politics of the Arab sector.

Our SIIS-only workshop, "On History, Memory and Commemoration," featured a discussion by Amos Oz of his novel, A Tale of Love and Darkness.


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.

Application Instructions:

  1. Fill in the online application form.
  2. Upload a current Curriculum Vitae.
  3. 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.
  4. Note the title of the Israel Studies course you plan to teach.
  5. Upload a sample syllabus of a related course you have already taught. A second syllabus is optional.
  6. Ask two recommenders to send reference letters directly to
    ** 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, 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.

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