Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research

The Institute invites academics to submit their candidacy for a postdoctoral fellowship in Holocaust research.  The length of an individual fellowship is between two and four months.  Researchers may choose to come either in the autumn or spring semesters.  Research grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The length of the fellowship award is at the discretion of the International Institute for Holocaust Research.

Stipends for researchers from abroad are 11,000 NIS per month. The monthly stipendium offsets the cost of travel to/from Israel, housing, and other expenses during one’s fellowship. Stipends for Israeli citizens are based on wage regulations.   All non-Israeli fellows are required to have a research visa prior to their arrival.  This is arranged by the Institute.  Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations and health insurance.  The Research Institute does not provide financial support for accompanying family members.


  • All applicants must have either a Ph.D. or J.D. or M.D. degree.
  • Project proposals must be related to the Holocaust (including its antecedents and aftermath).
  • Recipients are not allowed to work or receive other research scholarships during their tenure at Yad Vashem. They are to spend the entire period engaged in research and writing as research fellows of the International Institute for Holocaust Research.   Any planned absences such as conferences, symposia, and extended holiday travel must be conveyed to myself two months prior to the commencement of the research period.  A researcher must be at Yad Vashem 3 days per week.  
  • Each fellow is asked to submit to the Institute a scientific treatise based on the research conducted at Yad Vashem six months after the tenure of his/her fellowship has been completed.

Application Instructions and Deadline

All application materials must be submitted either in Hebrew or in English to the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem.  All materials must be received by the Institute no later than 31 December 2017.  Incomplete applications will not be considered after this date.  Late applications will not be accepted.

An application packet consists of:

  • A completed application form.
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages).
  • A four to five page (1,250-1,500 words) detailed research project proposal that the applicant plans to undertake during the term of the fellowship (See below for more details).
  • Two letters of recommendation from reputable academics who are familiar with the applicant’s work.  Recommendation letters should include evaluation of the applicant’s proposed research as well as the overall quality of the applicant’s work.  These letters should be sent directly to my email.  The letters must be received before the application deadline.
  • A scanned copy of one’s Ph.D. or J.D. or M.D. diploma.
  • A copy of one’s passport (for non-Israelis)
  • A letter of from one’s employer acknowledging support for your application to receive a fellowship from Yad Vashem
  • A scanned passport photo (white background) (European and USA passport sizes are both acceptable)

The Research Proposal

The four to five page (1,250-1,500 words) detailed research project proposal must be included in the application packet.  The proposal should contain the following:

  • An analysis of the problem to be addressed, its background, and the reason of its importance.
  • The basic ideas and hypotheses that are to be explored.
  • Reference to the proposed study’s originality in light of the current research on the topic.
  • The methodology and/or approach that will be used.
  • The body of resource material that will be utilized while at the Institute and in Israel.
  • Estimated time to complete the entire research project.

**Fellowship award results will be announced in March 2018.**

Application date
31 Dec 2017
2-4 months
Middle East Israel
Humanities History
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
₪ 11.000/month