The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) plans to award eight fellowships to American postdoctoral scholars who seek to pursue research at Israeli institutions of higher education. The grants, which will commence during the 2019-20 academic year, are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support programs of work in Israel for up to 20 months (two academic years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021).
A letter of invitation from an accredited Israeli institution of higher education is required at the time of application. For the complete list of such institutions, click here. Each candidate should try to arrange his/her institutional affiliations in Israel independently, including development of the program of work for the proposed visit through contacts with possible host institutions.
- USIEF stipend of up to $40,000 ($20,000 per academic year), payable in U.S. dollars. In addition, each grantee should receive from his/her host institution a grant no smaller than its own standard postdoctoral award.
- Limited health benefits for the grantee only.
- Orientation meetings in the United States (attendance compulsory) and in Israel, as well as other grantee events in Israel during the course of the academic year.
For full details on the Fulbright Post-Doctoral Scholar Program review process, see the CIES website. During its review of the recommended pool of applications, USIEF applies the following criteria:
- Academic excellence is the primary criterion for the evaluation of candidates.
- Possession of skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Israel is an important evaluation criterion. Thus, in addition to describing the research planned, a post-doctoral project proposal should also provide a concise description of the broader cultural goals of a post-doctoral experience in Israel: what would the candidate like to learn about Israel; in what activities in addition to research does he/she expect to become involved; how does the candidate expect to share his/her Israeli experiences upon return to the US.
- Leadership qualities are an important evaluation criterion.
- Preference will be given to candidates who have not had substantial, recent professional experience in Israel.
- Hebrew/Arabic language proficiency is not an evaluation criterion, unless such proficiency is required in order to carry out the proposed plan of work.