Fulbright–ISEF Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Program Overview


The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) and ISEF-Foundation plan to offer a joint grant to a post-doctoral scholar with a proven record in community service activities who is about to begin a program of research during the 2017/2018 academic year at an accredited university or non-profit research institute in the United States.

The period of the award is nine to twelve months.

This program is open to researchers in all fields of study except medical programs that include clinical activities involving direct patient care.

Grant benefits

  • $37,500 award;
  • Accident and emergency insurance for grantee;
  • Pre-departure orientation meeting in June;
  • J-1 visa administration;
  • A support agency in the U.S. that assists with visas, events, and networking.
Eligibility criteria
  • Candidates must be Israeli citizens. Dual American-Israeli citizens or permanent residents of the United States are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, gender, age, and/or physical impairment.
  • Candidates must be resident in Israel at the time of application and must continue to be resident in Israel until the beginning of their post-doctoral research in the United States as Fulbright Fellows. Candidates working, residing, or studying outside of Israel are not eligible to apply.
  • Researchers who have already begun their projects in the United States or who are planning to depart Israel for the United States before July 2017 are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must arrange their own institutional affiliation. An application may be submitted even if the candidate has not yet completed arrangements with a host institution.
  • Individuals who have applied on two occasions in the past and whose applications have not been accepted are not eligible to apply.
  • Holders of tenured or tenure-track positions are not eligible to apply.
  • Grant recipients must depart for the United States no later than May 15, 2018.
  • The U.S. Department of State has designated the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) as the sole agency authorized to sponsor alien physicians for internship, residency and specialized clinical training in the United States. Fulbright grantees cannot simultaneously be sponsored by ECFMG; therefore, proposals for medical research involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.
  • Prior to activation of the grant, the candidate selected must give proof of submission of his or her Ph.D dissertation and completion of all other requirements for receipt of the doctoral degree.
  • Prior to activation of the grant, the candidate selected must give proof of acceptance as a post-doctoral research fellow at a recognized research institution in the United States. Such proof must be provided to USIEF no later than July 31, 2017. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of the offer of a fellowship and transfer of the award offered to another candidate.
  • Candidates must be in good health. The applicant selected to receive the grant will be required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before the grant can be activated.
  • Prior to activation of the grant, the candidate selected must give proof of having obtained adequate financial support for his/her stay in the United States.
  • Prior conviction or current indictment for a felony may result in disqualification. 
Evaluation criteria
  • Academic excellence is the primary criterion for the evaluation of candidates.
  • Involvement in community service activities and proven leadership in such activities.
  • Preference will be given to projects expected to bring particular benefits to Israel and the United States.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have received their doctorates within two years prior to the presentation of their applications.
  • English language proficiency is an important evaluation criterion.
  • Leadership qualities are an important evaluation criterion.
  • Since the aim of the Fulbright Program is to foster cultural understanding between the US and Israel, preference will be given to applicants who have not had a substantial recent academic experience in the United States or another English-speaking country.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not had previous Fulbright grants.
  • Demonstrable ambassadorial skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Israel is an important evaluation criterion.
  • Fulbright Scholars serve as cultural ambassadors and should be prepared to speak about their countries, cultures and research to academic and community groups.
Conditions of award
  • Funding is for one year only. Grantees who wish to extend their visit must arrange for funding for the remainder of their stay in the United States.
  • The grantee is responsible for making his/her own travel arrangements.
  • The grantee must travel on a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa sponsored by the Fulbright program.
  • Upon the conclusion of the one-year Fulbright funding period, the grantee must arrange for transfer of visa sponsorship from the Fulbright program to his/her American host institution.
  • Current visa regulations limit the stay of J-1 scholars to five years. Limited extensions of the visa may be granted by the visa sponsor or by the State Department.
  • It is a condition of the visa that after completion of their Fulbright program, including any transfer of visa sponsorship, grantees must return to Israel and reside in the country for two years before being eligible to immigrate to the US, to take up permanent residence there, or to enter the US with a work permit. The purpose of the two-year home residency requirement is to ensure that exchange visitors return home and fulfill the exchange objectives of the Fulbright program. 
  • Two years must pass from the completion of the grantee’s Fulbright program or any visa transfers before the scholar will be permitted to return to the US as the holder of a J-1 visa in the professor/research scholar category.
  • The above restrictions do not apply to re-entry to the United States as the holder of a J-visa in another category (short-term scholar, specialist, international visitor), or as the holder of a student or tourist visa.
  • Dependents of grantees will enter the US as holders of J-2 visas. Many conditions applying to the grantees as holders of J-1 visas, such as the two-year home residency requirement and other restrictions, also apply to the holders of J-2 visas.
  • Unless they have received a waiver of the two-year home residency requirement, Fulbright Scholars holding J-1 visas are ineligible to change their status from J-1 to J-2 while in the US. Similarly, accompanying dependents who possess J-2 visas are ineligible to change their status from J-2 to J-1 while in the US, unless they have received a waiver of the home residency requirement.
  • Awards cannot be deferred to the following year.  Awards must be taken up no later than May 15, 2018.
The interview process


The most highly-ranked candidates will be invited for an interview. All interviews are held on the same day. In order to be considered for an award, applicants must be available for interview in person on the date fixed by USIEF.

The Foundation reserves the exclusive right to determine, within the framework of applicable law and regulations, the qualitative standards for the evaluation of applications.  The Foundation is not under any obligation to provide the reasons for its decisions regarding the allocation of Fellowships.


Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Timetable for 2017/2018

Earliest date for submission of applications   September 15, 2016
Final deadline for submission of applications   December 1, 2016
Academic referees review applications   December-January, 2017
Interview of finalists   February 2017
Candidates notified of results   February 2017
J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board approves grants     March-April 2017
Awards commence   July 2017


Application Form

To download the application form, click here.

For inquiries:

Imri Grinberg -Program manager

Email: ImriG@fulbright.org.il Telephone: 03-517-2131 ext. 203.

Sandy Mattar -Program coordinator

Email: Smattar@fulbright.org.il Telephone: 03-517-2131 ext. 204.