Israel Institute 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 at 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 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 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 to an elite university.

Strong applications will demonstrate an interest in and a long-term commitment to studying contemporary Israel, as well as show promise in 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.


To be selected for this fellowship, applicants must have secured invitations from top-tier colleges or universities.

Grant recipient commitments

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

  • Provide proof of Ph.D. completion prior to September 1;
  • 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;
  • Actively pursue publication of a book and/or peer reviewed journal publications in English and juried conference papers (in English) at national association annual conventions;
  • 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;
  • Actively participate in the social and scholarly life of the University;
  • Respond to Institute surveys about your professional activities during the placement, including reporting on course enrollment (if applicable), conference attendance, and any public / academic talks or panel presentations, including the number of people in attendance;
  • If asked, give two Israel Institute-sponsored public lectures and/or write a short essay for the Institute’s magazine;
  • Disclose additional sources of funding; and
  • Comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, and University policies and procedures during the Grant Period.
Application date
16 Jan 2018
1 year, renewable
America United States Great Lakes Mid-Atlantic Mid-West / Plains New England Pacific Rocky Mountain South East South West
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Award granted
US$ 60.000