Post-Doctoral Fellowships

OVERVIEW

The Israel Institute offers two types of post-doctoral fellowships to newly minted scholars in the field of Israel Studies: fellowships in the UNITED STATES and fellowships in ISRAEL.

Our fellowships enable promising doctoral graduates with invitations from top-tier universities to conduct research, engage in public events, make professional connections, and receive mentoring while preparing for tenure-track university positions. Post-Doctoral Fellows in both the United States and Israel pursue active publishing agendas (in English).

ELIGIBILITY

Post-Doctoral Fellowship applicants must have completed their doctoral degrees in the last three years or prior to September 1 (when the Fellowships begin), have dissertations about modern Israel, plan to maintain Israel as their research focus in the future, and have unfunded or under-funded invitations from elite universities.

Strong applications will demonstrate an interest in and a long-term commitment to studying modern 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 books or articles in peer-reviewed publications in English.

LOGISTICS

We offer two types of post-doctoral fellowships:

  • Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Placements in the UNITED STATES. Post-Doctoral Fellows are awarded up to $60,000 per academic year. Please note that fellows are not employees of the Israel Institute. 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. Fellows should plan to cover all expenses including, but not limited to, living expenses, taxes, health insurance, travel expenses, visa fees, bench fees, etc.
  • Fulbright-Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Placements in ISRAEL. This fellowship supports newly minted American scholars in the field of Israel Studies who have invitations from universities in Israel. The grant is open to researchers in all academic disciplines who study modern Israel and will support programs of work in Israel for up to 20 months (two academic years). For more information and to apply, please visit the Fulbright website here.

Please note that these are selective programs and the Israel Institute does not guarantee placement to those who apply.

UNIVERSITY PROVISIONS

When requesting an invitation from a school, applicants must ensure that the invitation includes several concrete provisions.

PROVISIONS

The University must agree to:

  1. Refer to you as an "Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow;"
  2. Provide you with an individual or shared office;
  3. Integrate you into the academic and social environment of the University;
  4. If necessary, sponsor your visa;
  5. Provide you with library privileges; and
  6. Provide you with mentoring.

GRANT RECIPIENT COMMITMENTS

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

ALL 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR POST-DOCTORAL PLACEMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES

To be considered for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the United States, 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 jwyler@israelinstitute.org.

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

Looking for the Fulbright-Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship application? Please note that due to our partnership with the Fulbright Program, the application for post-doctoral fellowships in Israel is not on this website but instead on the Fulbright Program page here.