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.
270 faculty 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.
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.
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.
After completing the program, Summer Institute for Israel Studies alumni continue to enjoy access to a trove of resources – syllabi, articles, archives, podcasts, conferences, workshops and webinars – and an even-growing network of peers that spans the globe.
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.
SIIS Fellows’ Academic Homes
Fellows have come from nearly 200 universities in the United States and across the world. Institutions range from small liberal arts colleges, to Jewish and Christian academic institutions, U.S. military academies, large research universities, and the Ivy League.
About The Summer School
The Summer Institute for Israel Studies has trained 270 college and university faculty members to develop courses in Israel Studies. Recent participants teach history, international relations, film, Jewish studies, religion, law, anthropology, linguistics, and security studies.
Competitive fellowships are open to faculty members in the humanities and social sciences.
Applications are due January 20, 2017.
June 20 - July 2, 2017 Seminar at Brandeis
July 3 - July 12, 2017 Israel Study Tour
- Stipend of up to $2,500 offered for the full program; $1,500 for the Brandeis seminar only
- Travel (within North America and to Israel), accommodations, and most meals covered
- World-class faculty from Israel and the U.S. teach Brandeis seminar
- Leading personalities in public life, the academy, and the arts meet with group in Israel
- Create a syllabus and leave equipped to teach a new course in any discipline
- Join a network of 270 faculty members — teaching at nearly 200 institutions worldwide — supported by a wealth of pedagogical resources and continuing professional development
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The Summer Institute seminars are taught by distinguished Israel Studies scholars. These seminars focus on Israel’s society, history, politics, economics, culture, foreign affairs, and diplomacy.
- Faculty presenters at Brandeis
- Faculty presenters in Israel
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.
The Summer Institute for Israel Studies is generously supported by the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Israel Institute and other donors, and is organized in cooperation with the American Jewish Committee.
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