Jobs: Israel Institute, Post-Doctoral Fellowships (deadline: Feb 15, 2015)


The Israel Institute awards post-doctoral fellowships to highly qualified candidates in order to foster the growth of the next generation of elite Israel Studies faculty. The fellowships are for up to two years, and include a stipend of $48,000 per year with an annual $3,000 research and travel budget. The Institute is seeking recent Ph.D.s who are working on an Israel-focused topic and who are developing courses on modern Israel. Israel presents a rich field for a variety of different social science and humanities topics, and the Institute supports promising scholars who can teach about Israel effectively while also advancing an innovative research agenda. The Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship provides an opportunity for exceptional candidates to revise their dissertations into books and advance their academic careers while gaining necessary teaching experience. Post-Doctoral Fellows are expected to teach one class each semester. In the rare circumstances when teaching is not possible, Fellows are expected to perform an equivalent academic service, i.e. plan a conference, organize a seminar series, etc.

Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellows carry out their fellowships at universities in the United States, Europe and Israel. The Israel Institute accepts applications from candidates who have already secured an unfunded post-doctoral position and who require additional funding, as well as from candidates who are looking for post-doctoral appointments and have not yet secured one. In the case of the latter, the Institute will work to match successful applicants with top universities and can facilitate new post-doctoral positions. In all cases, the Institute’s strong preference is for post-doctoral fellows to do their fellowship in a different country than the one in which they completed their Ph.D., so that candidates with doctorates from U.S. or European universities do fellowships at Israeli universities, and vice versa. This year, Israel Institute post-doctoral fellows hold positions at top universitites on three continents, including the University of California, Berkeley, Oxford, and Hebrew University.


The Israel Institute post-doctoral fellowship is open to candidates who have earned Ph.Ds within the last four years. Fellowship proposals should reflect the Institute’s goal of advancing knowledge and study of modern Israel and can be centered in the social sciences, humanities, law, or art and cultural studies. The Israel Institute is seeking academics of the highest caliber across an array of fields and departments, and advanced knowledge of Israel as well as competency in Hebrew is required.

In order to be considered for the Israel Institute’s post-doctoral fellowship, please submit the following materials using the Apply Now button below by February 15, 2015:

  1. A proposal not to exceed 2000 words describing your research and teaching interests and descriptions of two proposed courses, at least one of which is an Israel Studies course, that you would teach. Please indicate whether you have already secured a post-doctoral position, and if not please list up to three preferences for where you would like to secure a position.
  2. Copies of any available teaching evaluations.*
  3. Two letters of recommendation from advisers or colleagues who are intimately familiar with your work. One letter must be from your disseration advisor or committee chair.*
  4. A complete academic CV containing any jobs you have held, publications, and presentations or speeches.
  5. The first chapter of your dissertation and a dissertation abstract.

* Non-electronic and/or confidential materials, such as recommendations, can be emailed to us at or mailed to us at:

Israel Institute
Attn: Post-Doctoral Fellowships
1250 Eye Street, NW, Suite 710
Washington, DC 20005

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