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Dan David Prize

The Dan David Prize awards scholarships to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, carrying out research in one of the selected fields for the current year. Registered doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who study at recognized universities throughout the world, and whose research has been approved, are eligible to apply.

The Dan David Prize laureates annually donate twenty scholarships of US$15,000 each to outstanding doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers of exceptional promise in the selected fields for the current year. Ten scholarships are awarded to students at universities throughout the world and ten scholarships to students at
Tel Aviv University.

The Dan David Prize scholarships are granted according to merit, without discrimination based on gender, race, religion, nationality, or political affiliation.

In order to ensure that your research is relevant to one of this year's chosen fields, please read the field definitions on our website before filling out the form.

Applicants who have received a scholarship from the Dan David Prize may not apply again for their same area of research.

Selected fields

Past - History of Science

Since the birth of civilization, human beings have sought to understand the natural, social and human world in which they live; historians of science study the history of this major undertaking. Like science itself, history of science does not aim to justify or judge, or merely chart what is being studied, but to understand it – the scientific theories of the past, its practices, its applications, its practitioners and institutions, and its dynamics of change. To understand science at any given moment, is to understand how human rationality was conceived at the time, the standards of epistemic reliability employed, what was deemed to be a reasonable explanation, a viable image, and an effective methodology.

To properly understand the science of the past is to account not only for the internal unfolding of its theories, methods and techniques, and their subtle interrelations, but also for the complex ways in which this knowledge simultaneously both reflected and effected the social, cultural and political settings of that time.

The 2018 Dan David Prize in the Past Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization whose ongoing, groundbreaking research is making a significant contribution to the field of History of Science.

Present - Bioethics

Bioethics is the study of the ethical implications of advancements in biological research, biotechnology, and medicine. Genome sequencing and genetic engineering, stem-cell research and cloning, abortion and euthanasia, the distribution of limited medical resources and responsibility towards future generations, are only a few of the concrete questions that bioethicists address.

Bioethicists are also interested in broader questions concerning the ways in which new scientific and technological developments transform the ways in which we think about our shared humanity, and give rise to previously unforeseeable ethical imperatives. Nature has become malleable to human intervention, but what happens when the barely imaginable becomes real? What may we hope for and what should we fear?

The Dan David Prize in the Present Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization in any field of the humanities or social sciences who have transformed our understanding of the moral and ethical significance of biological and medical innovations in our times.

Future - Personalized medicine

Personalized medicine is the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient. This concept is not new and dates back to Hippocrates who stated that "it is far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has" and is best exemplified by life-saving blood transfusions based on typing and compatibility testing initiated as early as 1907.  Indeed the standard practice in various fields of medicine has always been about treating each patient individually knowing that different patients respond differently to medical interventions.

Personalized medicine is now reaching center stage and revolutionizing the way people are being diagnosed and treated. Recent groundbreaking developments in science and technology now create new opportunities for the development of targeted therapies, including rationally designed drugs, immunotherapies, stem cells and regenerative approaches, gene therapy as well as patient-tailored devices and prostheses. Such targeted therapies are complemented by diagnostics for the prediction of both beneficial response and adverse side effects.

Personalized medicine is replacing the current practice of medicine where "one-dose-fits all" and trial and error dominate therapeutic decisions.

The 2018 Dan David Prize for the Future Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization who has made pioneering and ground-breaking discoveries in the field of personalized medicine.

Application date
10 Mar 2018
Middle East Israel
Humanities History Philosophy Other Medicine
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
Award granted
US$ 15.000