Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Program Overview

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) plans to award eight fellowships to American postdoctoral scholars who seek to pursue research at Israeli institutions of higher education. The grants, which will commence during the 2018-19 academic year, are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support programs of work in Israel for up to 20 months (two academic years).

A letter of invitation from an accredited Israeli institution of higher education is required at the time of application. For the complete list of such institutions, click here. Each candidate should try to arrange his/her institutional affiliations in Israel independently, including development of the program of work for the proposed visit through contacts with possible host institutions. 

According to USIEF policy, Fulbright postdoctoral fellows must hold official postdoctoral fellow status at their host institutions in Israel, including access to campus resources. Additionally, host institutions will be asked to provide Fulbright postdoctoral fellows a grant no smaller than their own standard institutional postdoctoral award, a description of which should be included in the letter of invitation submitted with the Fulbright application.

Please contact Imri Grinberg at USIEF at imrig@fulbright.org.il with any questions related to the financial contribution required by host institutions, or for assistance with identifying suitable host institutions or contacts. If you anticipate delays in obtaining the letter of invitation by the August 1 deadline, please contact CIES at middleeastnorthafrica@iie.org for additional guidance. 

USIEF is deeply grateful to the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education for the special budgetary allocation which has made it possible to expand this program from 2 to 8 fellowships, while increasing each award to $40,000.

Additional general information on the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program may be found on the website of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). Interested candidates can find country information on Israel on the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or the Ministry of Tourism’s website.



Grant Benefits


  • USIEF stipend of up to $40,000 ($20,000 per academic year), payable in U.S. dollars.  In addition, each grantee should receive from his/her host institution a grant no smaller than its own standard postdoctoral award.
  • Limited health benefits for the grantee only.
  • Orientation meetings in the United States (attendance compulsory) and in Israel, as well as other grantee events in Israel during the course of the academic year.   
Eligibility criteria

Eligibility requirements apply at the time of application. For full details on all Fulbright U.S. Scholar program eligibility requirements, see the CIES website. In addition:

  • Candidates must be planning to begin a period of postdoctoral research at an accredited institution of higher education in Israel during the course of the 2018-19 academic year.  Individuals who have already begun postdoctoral research activities in Israel prior to the 2018-19 academic year are not eligible.
  • According to Israeli regulations, a researcher may be defined as a postdoctoral scholar for a period of five years, beginning from the date of the award of his/her doctorate.  Thus, to be eligible for a Fulbright Fellowship, candidates must have received their PhD degrees no earlier than April 2015.
  • Candidates who hold tenure-track positions are ineligible.
  • Please note: only spouses and dependent children are eligible to receive visas, paralleling those awarded to Program Fellows.
Evaluation criteria

For full details on the Fulbright Post-Doctoral Scholar Program review process, see the CIES website. During its review of the recommended pool of applications, USIEF applies the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence is the primary criterion for the evaluation of candidates.
  • Possession of skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Israel is an important evaluation criterion.  Thus, in addition to describing the research planned, a post-doctoral project proposal should also provide a concise description of the broader cultural goals of a post-doctoral experience in Israel: what would the candidate like to learn about Israel; in what activities in addition to research does he/she expect to become involved; how does the candidate expect to share his/her Israeli experiences upon return to the US.
  • Leadership qualities are an important evaluation criterion.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not had substantial, recent professional experience in Israel.
  • Hebrew language proficiency is not an evaluation criterion, unless such proficiency is required in order to carry out the proposed plan of work.

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

Application Procedures

The application deadline for Fellowships beginning in 2018-19 is August 1, 2017.

The Fulbright Post-Doctoral Scholar Program is administered for the Department of State by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).  Details on the program and on submission of applications may be found on the CIES website.

Those interested may also contact the CIES staff member responsible for the Middle East region for further information: Lisa Hendricks Regional Head; telephone: 202-686-6244; email: LHendricks@iie.org