Who we are

The United States–Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) was established in 1956 by the Governments of the United States and Israel to administer the Fulbright Program in Israel. The Foundation is funded by the United States and Israeli Governments and is governed by a binational Board of Directors.

The Foundation aims to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Israel by means of student and faculty exchanges at the highest possible level of academic excellence.

One of the objectives of the Foundation is to advance knowledge by contributing to both the Israeli and American higher education environments. The Foundation is committed to the fostering of creative, forward thinking leaders both in academia and in other areas of public life.  Over the years, the Foundation has played an important role in advancing research, intellectual discourse and social leadership.

To achieve our mission we work through the following channels:

  • The Fulbright Grant  Program
  • The Fulbright Seminar for Advanced Studies
  • USIEF Lecturer Program
  • Alumni Activities

The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program, initiated in 1946 by Senator J. William Fulbright, to strengthen the basis for peace by promoting mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the peoples of partner countries around the world, is the US Government’s flagship academic exchange program. Many distinguished alumni of the Program have made their mark on the academic world and in all walks of life.  Israel is particularly proud of its two Nobel prize laureates.



The Fulbright Program in Israel offers a variety of core programs and designated programs.  The core programs are open to excellent, path breaking scholars and promising students in all academic fields. Our commitment to social responsibility is evidenced by our designated programs, which support research, study, exchange of knowledge of cultures and customs and  leadership development  among underserved populations.

Core Fulbright Israeli Programs:

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Master’s Degree Fellowship

Fulbright International Writing Program Fellowship

Core Fulbright American Programs:

Senior Scholar Fellowship

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Post-Graduate Student Fellowship

Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Fellowship

Designated Fulbright Programs:

Fulbright-ISEF Post- Doctoral Fellowship

Fulbright Outreach Fellowship

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship

Foreign Language (Arabic) Teaching Assistant Fellowship

Institutional programs

Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Grants

Senior Specialist Fellowship