Post-Doctoral Fellow Program


The Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow Program provides financial support to newly-minted scholars in the field of Israel Studies who have invitations from top-tier universities. Our program enables 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 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 selected for this fellowship, applicants must have secured invitations from top-tier colleges or universities. Additionally, applicants must complete 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 from an elite university.

Strong applications will demonstrate an interest in and a long-term commitment to studying contemporary Israel and securing tenure-track university positions in the United States. Promising candidates will have juried conference papers in English at national or international scholarly conventions and the ability to publish a book or in peer-reviewed publications in English.


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 subject to available funding and provided they meet explicit criteria (as written in the award letter) for publishing and speaking. Please note that this is a selective program and the Israel Institute does not guarantee placement to those who apply.


Post-Doctoral Fellows must agree to our list of commitments.


  1. Provide proof of Ph.D. completion prior to September 1;
  2. During the Grant Period, use the title "Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow" on all correspondence, publications, and whenever you are publicly identified during the entirety of your term of support, including adding this title to your email automatic signature;
  3. Actively pursue publication of books and/or peer-reviewed journal publications in English and juried conference papers (in English) at national association annual conventions;
  4. Acknowledge the Institute's support in any published work produced during the Grant Period, and in any work whose research or writing originated during the Grant Period, irrespective of its eventual publication date;
  5. Actively participate in the social and scholarly life of the University;
  6. Respond to Institute surveys about your professional activities during your placement, including reporting on course enrollment (if applicable) and on any academic/community talks or panel presentations you give, including the number of people in attendance;
  7. If asked, give two Israel Institute-sponsored public lectures and write a short essay for the Israel Institute Magazine;
  8. Disclose additional sources of funding; and
  9. Comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, and University policies and procedures during the Grant Period.


This program has a multi-part application process.

The next deadline for applications is January 16, 2018.


To be considered for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship, please submit the following materials:

1.     Our online application;

2.     Your doctoral dissertation abstract (in English);

3.     An academic curriculum vitae (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, and Other Information.

4.     A career statement of no more than three paragraphs describing your intended career trajectory: your envisioned long-term research program and the field, location, and type of employment you will seek after completing your Post-Doctoral Fellowship;

5.     An invitation from a top-tier university; and

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

NOTE: Please include your full name on all documents you upload with your application.