Partners and Sponsors

Funding, Partners, and Sponsorship

USIEF is jointly funded by the United States and Israeli governments as well as through partnerships with public and private sector organizations. The support of these partners allows us to offer more to Israeli students and scholars wishing to study in the United States and to Americans who choose to better know Israeli society and to benefit from Israeli scientific achievements by coming to Israel. USIEF offers corporate and other agency partners the opportunity to invest in Israel’s future leaders. We form partnerships with organizations, individuals, and universities in sponsoring scholars, programs, and events.

We invite you to consider becoming a Fulbright partner and help us offer more outstanding Israelis the opportunity to receive one of the world’s most prestigious awards. If you are interested in sponsoring a scholar or wish to receive more details about partnership opportunities, please contact Dr. Anat Lapidot-Firilla, Executive Director of the United States-Israel Educational Foundation at

Current Fulbright Partners

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation is honored to acknowledge the support and cooperation of individuals and institutions which are  USIEF’s partners in the funding of Fulbright Fellowships:

Planning and Budgeting Committee, Council for Higher Education

The Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) of the Council for Higher Education provides annual budgetary support totaling $730,000 to the United States-Israel Education Foundation’s Fulbright programs for American and Israel post-doctoral researchers. 

The PBC is a committee of the Council for Higher Education. The establishment of the PBC was approved by the Government on June 6, 1976, in Decision No. 666.

The Irving and Helen Betz Foundation

The Betz Foundation was established in 1999 by Dr. Nancy Ras to honor the memory of her parents, Irving and Helen Betz, Holocaust survivors, who became US citizens and settled in California after World War II.  Mr. Betz, who started out in the US as a manual laborer, worked his way up to a position as a leading San Francisco Bay Area real estate developer.  The family later moved to Israel.

The Betz Foundation, a supporting foundation at the Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, provides an instrument for the family’s younger generations to continue in the philanthropic footsteps of Irving and Helen Betz. The missions of the Fund include health service and educational projects, both in Israel and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Betz Foundation has a particular interest in supporting creative, innovative projects, through which its financial assistance will ensure the highest impact for all individuals concerned.

During the period 1999-2004 the Betz Foundation funded fellowships awarded to five US post-graduates. At its December 2006 Board meeting, the Irving and Helen Betz Foundation decided to allocate $75,000 to the Fulbright Israel program, in order to make possible the award of Fulbright-Betz Fellowships to American post-graduate students.  In the years following, the Foundation decided to add an additional $375,000 to its original grant.   

Irving Schneider and Family

In February 2007 the Schneider family announced its decision to provide $250,000 to enable the award of a Fulbright-Schneider Yehuda Danon Post-Doctoral Fellowship to an outstanding young researcher in the life sciences in each of the ten coming years.  This gesture honoring Fulbright alumnus Danon was announced by Ms. Lynn Schneider at an evening convened at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel to mark Professor Danon’s retirement from his administrative duties in the Clalit Health Services to which the Center is affiliated.

The Schneider family is headed by Mr. Irving Schneider, a leading business figure and philanthropist. Professor Yehuda Danon was the founding director of the Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel, Israel’s first and only children’s hospital.  Professor Danon received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1976 for research at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in 1983 he was awarded a second Fellowship in support of research conducted at Yeshiva University.