The Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow Program in Israel Studies, Israel

Publish Date: Oct 26, 2016

Deadline: Oct 30, 2016


The Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow Program provides financial support to newly-minted scholars in the field of Israel Studies who have invitations at top-tier universities. Our program allows the most promising recent doctoral graduates to conduct and publish research, engage in public events, make connections, and receive mentoring while they prepare for tenure-track university positions in the field of Israel Studies.

Post-Doctoral Fellows pursue an active agenda of academic book and/or peer-reviewed journal publication (in English), conference participation, and public event speaking.


To be awarded a post-doctoral fellowship, applicants must have fully completed their doctoral degrees prior to September 1 (when the fellowship begins), have a dissertation about modern Israel, plan to maintain Israel as their research focus in the future, and have an unfunded or under-funded invitation at an elite university.

Strong applications will demonstrate a long-term commitment to studying contemporary Israel, juried conference papers in English at national or international scholarly conventions, the ability to publish a book or in peer-reviewed publications (in English), and promise for securing tenure track positions in the United States.


Post-Doctoral Fellows are awarded up to $60,000 for the academic year. Please note that fellows are not employees of the Israel Institute. Post-Doctoral Fellows should plan to cover all expenses including, but not limited to, living expenses, taxes, health insurance, travel expenses, visa fees, bench fees, etc. A second year of funding is available to Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellows provided they meet explicit criteria (as written in the award letter) for publishing and speaking.


To be selected for this program, the applicant must have an invitation from a top-tier college or university. Applicants with invitations from the University of California, San Diego, are especially encouraged to apply.

Invitation provision

When requesting an invitation from a university, please ensure it contains the following provisions:

  • Allows you to stay up to two years if you meet the continuation criteria;
  • Commits to refer to you as the Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow;
  • Provides an office (shared is okay);
  • Integrates you into the academic and social environment of the university;
  • Sponsors the visa if needed;
  • Provides library access; and Provides mentoring to you.

Post-Doctoral Commitments 

Recipients of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship must agree to our list of commitments.

All commitments 

Post-Doctoral Fellows who receive our grants must commit to the following:

  • Acknowledge the Institute’s support in any published work engaged in during the appointment term;
  • Comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and University policies and procedures during the Grant Period;
  • Actively pursue (English) publication of a book and/or peer reviewed journal publications and juried conference papers at national association annual conventions;
  • Actively participate in the social and scholarly life of the host campus;
  • Use the title Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow on all correspondence, publications, and whenever publically identified;
  • Speak at no fewer than four public/academic events each year;
  • If asked, give two public lectures on the Israel Institute’s behalf and/or write a short essay for the Institute’s magazine in each year;
  • Provide to the Israel Institute a report on your activities; and
  • Disclose other sources of funding.


This program has a multi-part application process.

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 Post-Doctoral Fellow Program is October 30, 2016.

This is a selective program, and the Israel Institute does not guarantee placement to those who apply.

*Please note you may also be interested in our Teaching Fellow Program.

Application Proccess

To apply, you will need to:

  • Fill out our online application form;
  • Attach a two-paragraph statement of intent explaining what you hope to accomplish during your Post-Doctoral Fellowship and what your ultimate career goals are;
  • Upload your doctoral dissertation abstract (in English);
  • Upload your invitation letter from the host university; Upload a C.V.
  • Note: Please adhere to the specific format that we request in the online application. Do not put all of your publications and presentations in the same section. Instead, use the following categories: Education, Authored Books, Published Peer-Reviewed Publications, Published Book Chapters, Other Publications, Juried Papers Presented at National/Regional Conventions, Other Conference Presentations, Other Information; and

Have your advisor fill out our letter-of-recommendation form and send it directly to Ms. Jill Wyler, Program Coordinator, at



For more information, please contact:

Dr. Erika Falk, Program Director, at (located in the United States)

Ms. Jill Wyler, Program Coordinator, at (located in Israel)

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