Awards and Scholarships in Israel Studies

Scholarship for Ph.D Studies:  The lab (research team) "World Jewry—Views from Israel"

The lab (research team) "World Jewry—Views from Israel" is now offering a scholarship for Ph.D studies at the Israel Studies Center of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, located at the Sde Boker Campus of Ben-Gurion University. Eligible for the scholarship are graduates of thesis-track MA programs in the social sciences with a 90 + grade average (BA graduates with distinction will also be considered for direct Ph.D track).
 The Ph.D candidate will be an integral part of a research team led by Prof. Ofer Shiff. The lab members investigate the various ways in which Jewish North-American communities (and their perceptions, identities, and agendas) are present within the history, society, culture, politics, and discourse of Israel. The following are research questions investigated in the lab, and possible Ph.D subjects:
 - A comparative analysis (historical and/or contemporary) of Israeli perceptions of Jewish North-
American communities versus Israeli perceptions of Jewish communities in other countries.
 - How, and to what degree, do the perceptions and images of Jewish North-American communities shape or challenge prominent aspects and voices of Israeli society?
 - How do the identities and perceptions of Jewish North-American communities translate into Israeli policy concerning issues of state and religion, immigration to and emigration from Israel, ethnic and cultural diversity, gender, relations between Jews and non-Jews, public space...?
 - How do different perceptions among Jewish North-American communities affect the definition of boundaries of Jewish identity in Israel, and the power relations between groups and individuals in Israeli society?
 Candidates must submit the following documents:
- A statement of research intent describing main fields of study and potential research subjects.
- CV, including publications to date.
- Transcripts from previous degree programs.
- Two letters of recommendations (for MA students, one letter from research advisor).
Final date of application is February 25, 2018 (email to
Recommendation Writers should send letters directly to


The Dvora and Michael Goldhirsh Foundation at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism

The Dvora and Michael Goldhirsh Foundation at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism is offering a NIS4000 research award for M.A. theses in the field of Holocaust Studies.

The award will be granted for M.A. theses in the humanities submitted for review no earlier than January 2016

Eligible theses must relate to one of the following research spheres:
• Central events and issues during the Holocaust period;
• Reflections of the Holocaust in the socio-intellectual life of Israel and the
Jewish diaspora;
• Holocaust memory and commemoration in Israel and around the world.

Submissions must include the following documents:
• Two copies of the M.A. thesis
• Approval for submission by the relevant university department
• Two recommendations by researchers\lecturers who advised the candidate
• Recommendations are to be sent separately and directly to the committee administrator at the address below.

The award and certificates of appreciation will be granted in a ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism on the Sede-Boqer Campus, with the attendance of the Goldhirsh family. 

Theses must be submitted by Wednesday, January 31, 2018 to Hagar Swissa, Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Sede-Boqer Campus, 8499000, Tel: 08 659 5936 ;


Postdoctoral Fellowships, Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, Northwestern University

In partnership with the Tel Aviv University, the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Israel Studies to run September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2020. Applications are welcome from scholars who research any aspect of the history, culture, or society of the modern State of Israel. The Fellow will be affiliated with both the Crown Center and an appropriate disciplinary department within Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (e.g., history, political science, religious studies, sociology, etc). If appropriate, placements can be made in other units of the university. Fellows pursue a program of independent scholarship and teach two one-quarter undergraduate classes over the course of each three-quarter-long teaching year. Fellows are expected to be active participants in intellectual activities in both the Crown Center and their affiliated department and to be available for public programs in the community. Applicants with a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) must have completed it after September 1, 2013.
Applicants without a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) must complete all the requirements for the degree before September 1, 2018. At the time of application, the applicant must be available for the full two-year term in Evanston, Illinois, USA. The salary is $55,000. In addition, Fellows are eligible for $2000 per year to fund research and conference travel and for one round-trip airfare to Chicago. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position.

In order to ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by January 15, 2018.

Applications must include curriculum vitae, abstract of Ph.D. dissertation, statement of proposed research and teaching interests, two course outlines, and three letters of recommendation with at least one commenting on candidate's teaching capabilities. Please mail to: Recommenders should send their letters to the same address with the name of the applicant in the subject line of the e-mail.

Administrative questions should be directed to Joel Parker at and/or Claire Sufrin at For more information about the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, see For more information about departments or programs in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, see

AA/EOE. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


The JDC Archives Fellowship

The JDC Archives is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its 2018 fellowship program. In 2018, 5 fellowships will be awarded to senior scholars, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and independent researchers to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or in Jerusalem. Research topics in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, modern history, social welfare, migration, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections. For more information, and to apply, visit The fellowship awards are $2,000-$5,000. The deadline to submit applications is January 15, 2018.
The JDC Archive's online database with documents, photographs, and a names index is available at Finding aids can be accessed at

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Israel Studies

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University invites applications for our Israel Institute Post-doctoral Fellowship in Israel Studies 2018-2019. Priority given to PhDs in Gender Studies, Economics, Politics, Social Sciences, and Theater, Film and Media Studies.
The fellow will teach one course per semester in Israel Studies, in the relevant Brandeis department. The fellow is expected to be in residence at Brandeis University, participate actively in the intellectual life of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, and present at least one public lecture. There may also be an opportunity for participation in the Summer Institute for Israel Studies. The annual stipend is $52,500 plus a $3,000 research fund, and the position is benefits-eligible.
*A PhD must be in hand by September 1, 2018, and may not have been received more than five years prior.*
Apply by completing the online form at
Application must be received by October 31, 2017




NA’AMAT USA is pleased to invite proposals for the Second NA’AMAT USA Research
Fellowship in Honor of Elizabeth J. Raider. A lifelong member of NA’AMAT USA, Ms.
Raider is the organization’s immediate past national president. The fellowship was
inaugurated in 2015-16 and previously awarded to Dr. Pnina Lahav (Boston University)
for her work on “The Political Leadership of Golda Meir: Pioneer Women and the
Campaign for Jewish Statehood.”
The 2017-18 theme of the fellowship program is “Jewish Women’s Contributions to
Israeli Society.” Scholars from all academic disciplines working on Jewish women’s
activism, critical engagement, and/or leadership in varied arenas including art, medicine,
culture, history, education, politics, etc. are encouraged to apply. The fellowship carries
an honorarium of $2500.
Applicants must propose a serious research plan that will result in one of the following:
(a) chapter and/or substantial part of a Master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, or (b) a
scholarly study of publishable quality. The fellowship recipient must commit to
delivering one public lecture based on his/her research, submit a completed draft of
his/her scholarly study, and provide a version of his/her work to be adapted for a popular
audience and published on the NA’AMAT USA website and/or in the magazine
NA’AMAT Woman.
To apply, submit a cover letter with a research plan, a current CV, and two letters of
support, preferably from academic colleagues. In the case of graduate and doctoral
students, one of the two letters must be from the thesis/dissertation advisor. Preference
will be given to applicants who are ABD and early career scholars.
The fellowship committee members are Dr. Karla Goldman (University of Michigan), Dr.
Daniel Greene (Northwestern University), Dr. Shirley Idelson (Independent Scholar), Dr.
Laura Levitt (Temple University), and Dr. Mark A. Raider (University of Cincinnati).
The deadline for applications is June 15, 2017. An announcement about the award will be
made in August 2017. All application materials should be sent electronically in the pdf
format to: Prof. Mark A. Raider (, NA’AMAT USA Research
Fellowship Committee Chair, c/o History Department, University of Cincinnati.
ABOUT NA’AMAT USA. The Zionist women’s organization NA’AMAT USA, the
sister movement of Na’amat Israel, is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for
women, children, and families in Israel, the U.S., and around the world. Founded in 1925,
NA’AMAT USA (originally named Pioneer Women) has a rich and storied history. Over
the course many decades, it has been instrumental in helping to create, build, and sustain
the State of Israel.


The Fulbright US Scholar Program 2018-19 competition is now open! 

The program offers two exciting grant opportunities in Israel: The Senior Scholar All-Disciplines Fellowship and the Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The Senior Scholar All-Disciplines Fellowship is available for senior faculty members, senior professionals, or to accomplished artists or writers.  The program is open to all fields of study, and grant activities may include research, lecturing, or a combination of lecturing and research. The duration of the Fellowship is four months and should begin in the period October 2018-February 2019.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship is designed for early-career academics in all areas of the sciences, arts, humanities or social sciences. The Fellowship supports research activity over one or two academic years and offers scholars the opportunity to cultivate strong ties to their Israeli collaborators and host institutions. Grants may begin any time in the period August 2018-April 2019.
Many other great awards are also offered throughout the Middle East and North Africa, including numerous All Disciplines awards and a research-only, multi-country Middle East and North Africa Regional award. Please visit the Fulbright Catalog of Awards to learn about more opportunities. The application deadline is August 1, 2017.
Applicants are encouraged to contact for more information. Additional details about these awards will be addressed during the Fulbright Opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa webinar on March 8 at 2PM EST.

Catalog of Awards:
Postdoctoral Fellowship:
Senior Scholar Fellowship:



Israel Institute Doctoral Fellowships

The Israel Institute offers fellowships for up to two years to Ph.D. candidates who are researching and writing dissertations about modern Israel or incorporating Israel as a case study, and who plan to pursue a career in Israel Studies outside of Israel. Doctoral Fellowships are available to Ph.D. students who are enrolled at top-tier programs and have passed their comprehensive exams. The application deadline is March 15, 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit:


UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies: Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications are invited for one-year postdoctoral positions related to Israel Studies that will begin in the Fall of each academic year. One or two fellowships may be provided each year, depending upon funding availability.
Those who are accepted to the postdoctoral program will be expected to:
• Pursue original research about the modern state of Israel and produce work for submission to appropriate academic publications.
• Teach at least one undergraduate course (one quarter)
• Present one public lecture while in residence
• Participate actively in Center colloquia and other public programs during the fellowship year
2017-18 Application Opening and Deadlines:
The application for 2017-18 postdoctoral positions will open on December 1, 2016. Completed applications including all the required materials should be submitted no later than March 7, 2017. Decisions will be announced on April 6, 2017.
Who Should Apply:
• Applicants must have a PhD degree from an accredited university
• The Center welcomes applications from students in a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to history, political science, economics, sociology, literature, visual and performing arts, management, engineering, law, public health, environment and sustainability.
For more information about the application process, please visit or send us an email at


Concordia University: Funding opportunities

The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies at Concordia University is a multi-disciplinary research centre that brings together students, faculty and researchers who are dedicated to the study of Israel in all its facets.

In an effort to promote faculty-based projects, stimulate research and teaching, and contribute to the study of the state of Israel, locally, nationally and internationally, the Institute is offering financial support in the form of grants and scholarships in the following categories:

Visiting Researcher:

The Institute welcomes applications for short-term or sabbatical Visiting Researcher positions. Research stipends are available.

Post-doctoral fellowships:

Applicants with a completed PhD can apply for a post-doctoral fellowship.

 The deadline to apply for these grants vary.  For details please visit:


Faculty Fellowship: The Summer Institute for Israel Studies 

June 20–July 2, 2017 at Brandeis and July 3–12, 2017 in Israel
The Summer Institute for Israel Studies is a competitive fellowship program that gives faculty the foundation to teach about Israel in any discipline. The Institute begins at Brandeis University with a two-week multidisciplinary seminar taught by world-class faculty from Israel and the U.S., during which fellows create a syllabus to teach at their home institution. The program continues in Israel with a 10-day study tour of Israel, where fellows meet with leading personalities in public life, the academy and the arts. The Summer Institute provides a stipend of up to $2,500, travel, accommodations, and most meals. Summer Institute fellows enjoy a wealth of pedagogical resources, opportunities for ongoing professional development and an ever-expanding, international network of Institute alumni. Explore the complexity of Israeli society, politics and culture. Apply online by January 20, 2017. Learn more at


Northwestern University - TAU Postdoctoral Fellowship

Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA, in partnership with the Moshe Dayan Center and Tel Aviv University, announces a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Israel Studies. The program seeks to advance the teaching of Israel Studies at Northwestern University and to provide opportunities for candidates to advance their scholarship. The appointment is for a two-year residency at Northwestern University during the academic years of 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. The Fellowship begins in the Fall quarter of September 2017.

Academic Areas
The field of Israel Studies includes, but is not limited, to the following areas:
The Israeli Political System
The History of Israel
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
The Economy of Israel
Religion in Israel
Sociology and Anthropology of Israeli society
Contemporary Israeli Culture, Literature, Poetry, Art, Theatre, Music and Cinema
The Program encourages applications from candidates affiliated with all Israeli universities. Applicants must have gained their Ph.D degrees no more than five years prior to the date of application. Applications from candidates presently holding ongoing faculty positions will not be accepted. Proficiency in English is essential, as is a demonstrable record of distinguished college- level teaching experience. Employment at Northwestern University is contingent on receipt of an appropriate US Visa. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer guidelines apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Teaching one course per academic quarter (No teaching is required during the first quarter in residence). In total it is 5 quarters of teaching after 2 years.
Pursuit of independent scholarship (Fellows are free to follow their own research interests).
Presentation of research paper in departmental colloquia.
Participation in Israel-related academic activities at Northwestern and the Chicago area.
Submission of Application
Please send a letter of application and attach the following documents in English.
Full and updated Curriculum Vitae.
Short abstract of Ph.D dissertation (half a page).
A short summary of your research and teaching interests (one page).
A sample of scholarly writing (can be a chapter of Ph.D dissertation).
A statement describing the research plan that you would like to pursue (one page).
An outline of two courses you would be interested in teaching at Northwestern University.
Two letters of recommendation, with at least one commenting on the candidate's teaching capabilities. Letters should be addressed directly to the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center at the below address.
Applications should be received by December 1, 2016. Applications can be sent by e-mail to  or by post to the below address:
Dr. Joel D. Parker
The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies
Tel Aviv University
Ramat Aviv, 6997801

2017 JDC Archives Fellowship Program

The JDC Archives is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its 2017 fellowship program. In 2017, 5-6 fellowships will be awarded to senior scholars, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and independent researchers to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or in Jerusalem. Research topics in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, modern history, social welfare, migration, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections. For more information, and to apply, visit The fellowship awards are $2500-$5000. The deadline to submit applications is January 15, 2017.

Our online database with documents, photographs, and a names index is available at Finding aids can be accessed here


 Best Book Award in Israel Studies

In 2012, the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, situated at Concordia University’s Faculty of Arts and Science, established a Best Book Award in Israel Studies in collaboration with the J.I. Segal Awards program of the Montreal Jewish Public Library. This award is the only one of its kind in the field of Israel Studies in Canada and it is given out every two years on the basis of the decision of a scholarly jury. The winner of the Award will be invited, at the expense of the Azrieli Institute, to the ceremony where the winners in all of the J.I. Segal competition categories are announced. The ceremony normally takes place in the Fall.
 According to the rules of the award, eligible books had to have been published within the last two years. For this year’s competition, we are considering books that were published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.
 We are asking for your cooperation to enter any works eligible for the competition. To allow timely assessment of this work by our jury, we would require three copies to be sent directly to the following address:
 J.I. Segal Awards Committee
Jewish Public Library
1, Cummings Square
Montreal, QC H3W 1M6
 The deadline to submit is on April 30, 2016.  For additional information, please feel free to click on the link provided  ( ) or email the Institute office at .


Masaryk University: Short-term research and teaching visits for Israeli academics and/or researchers

Masaryk University launches within its Theodor Herzl Distinguished Chair the call for grants allowing short-term visits to conduct research or teaching, or to discuss further collaboration projects.
Application requirements:
• Israeli nationality, teaching or research position at one of Israeli HEIs
• The topics should correspond with the initial spirit and ends of the Theodor Herzl Distinguished Chair enterprise. The orientation is interdisciplinary including, among others: law, communication, history, political science, sociology, playwriting.  Other disciplines are welcome, provided they answer to the above.
• The minimum length of stay is 3 days, maximum one week (in case longer stay is desired, candidates are encouraged to use standard individual mobility activity of Theodor Herzl Distinguished Chair)
• The application deadline is rolling
• The stays can take place any time between 1 January 2016 and 31 March 2016.
• Each application consists of
o A short visit proposal that contains a description of the planned visit, either a short abstract of lecture, research plan, and/or project he/she plans to propose to the hosts at Masaryk University
o Updated Curriculum vitae
o Confirmation – either a letter or e-mail from the academic tutor agreeing to support planned academic activity at Masaryk University
• The application has to be sent by email with the supporting documents to
Financial conditions:
• MU will arrange and cover the travel costs of each participant, based on the real cost
• Subsistence costs (including insurance): in line with the principles used in the European programs (such as Tempus), each participant will receive subsistence costs (to cover all his/her expenses including accommodation and insurance) on the following formula:
Duration (days) Costs of stay for international mobility or within an EU country

Duration (days) Grant value (in Euros)
3 434
4 576
5 718
6 860
7 1000









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