Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowships at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Program Overview

We are looking for the brightest and most innovative scholars who aspire to research in Israel and join the Fulbright heritage.                                            

Up to two years - $47,500 per academic year.

This is a unique opportunity for a Fulbright research fellowship at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, one of Israel’s leading research universities and among the world leaders in many fields.

Ben-Gurion University has around 20,000 students and 4,000 faculty members in the Faculties of Engineering Sciences; Health Sciences; Natural Sciences; the Pinchas Sapir Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management; the Joyce and Irving Goldman School of Medicine; the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies; and the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies. More than 100,000 alumni play important roles in all areas of research and development, industry, health care, the economy, society, culture and education in Israel.

The grants, which will commence during the 2020/21 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 2020/2021 and 2021/2022).

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Applicants may seek additional funding from the host institution (proof of such funding is not required at the time of application).           

Ben-Gurion University must provide grantees with Postdoctoral status, including access to campus resources (such a letter is not required at the time of application). 

Each candidate is responsible for arranging their institutional affiliations at Ben-Gurion University independently, including development of the program of work for the proposed visit through contacts at Ben-Gurion University. 

Please contact Noa Turgeman at USIEF (NoaT@fulbright.org.il) with any questions you may have. Noa Turgeman is available to assist in finding suitable hosts. If you anticipate delays in obtaining the letter of invitation by the September 16 deadline, please contact CIES (middleeastnorthafrica@iie.org) and Noa Turgeman (NoaT@fulbright.org.il).

USIEF is deeply grateful to the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education for the special budgetary allocation that has made it possible to expand this program.

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 through the websites of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism.

Grant Benefits

  • $95,000 ($47,500 per academic year for two years), payable in U.S. dollars. 
  • Up to $10,000 travel and relocation grant from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (for the two years). 
  • Up to $3,000 conference travel grant from Ben-Gurion University.
  • Limited health benefits for the grantee only.
  • Orientation meetings (attendance compulsory) 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, visit CIES. In addition:

  • Candidates must have received their PhD degrees no earlier than August 2015.
  • Candidates who hold tenure-track positions are ineligible.
  • Only spouses and dependent children are eligible to receive visas, paralleling those awarded to Program Fellows.

 

Applicants and their grants must meet all of the following requirements at the time of application, unless specific exemptions apply:

  • U.S. citizenship (permanent residence is not sufficient).
  • Sound physical and mental health: selected candidates are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.
  • Grants shall not authorize engagement in pastoral, missionary, or other professional religious activities.
  • Grants shall not authorize engagement in activities for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required.
  • Applicants are required to disclose any prior convictions of a felony or a misdemeanor, including Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), but excluding minor traffic violations. FFSB regulations can be found here (Chapter 600/Section 626 Ineligibility Factors).

 

The following individuals are ineligible:

  • Recent college graduates with limited professional experience are ineligible for consideration under the Fulbright Scholar Program. Instead, such applicants can visit the Fulbright Student Program.
  • Graduate or doctoral students seeking funding to complete their degrees are ineligible for consideration under the Fulbright Scholar Program. Instead, such applicants can visit the Fulbright Student Program.
  • Candidates who have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application are ineligible. In this case, a period of nine months or more during a calendar year is considered to constitute a full year abroad.
  • Employees and their immediate families (i.e. spouses and dependent children) of the U.S. Department of State and of public or private organizations under contract to the U.S. Department of State are ineligible to apply for a Fulbright grant until one year after termination of such employment.

 

Note: Recipients of a Fulbright Scholar grant are eligible to apply for another Fulbright Scholar grant two years after the date of completion of the previous grant. (For serial or Flex grants, the two-year period begins at the end of the final grant in the series.)

Evaluation Criteria

For full details on the Fulbright Post-Doctoral Scholar Program review process, visit CIES. 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.
  • 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 the candidate would like to learn about Israel, what activities, in addition to research, do they expect to become involved in, and how the candidate expects to share their 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.

 

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 and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are not under any obligation to provide the reasons for its decisions regarding the allocation of Fellowships.

Please note: Candidates who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States will be given preference, provided their qualifications are approximately equivalent to those of other candidates.

Application Procedures

Submission deadline for fellowships starting in 2020/21 is September 16, 2019.

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

Those interested may also contact the CIES staff member responsible for the Middle East region for further information: Kaitlin Jewett, Institute of International Education.

Telephone: +1.708.275.0110

Email: middleeastnorthafrica@iie.org

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be at a disadvantage if I have studied previously in Israel?
Yes. While applicants who have had a previous Israel experience may receive awards, preference will be given to applicants without such experience.
May my spouse apply for a Fulbright grant at the same time that I apply?
Yes

For further information or inquiries, please contact: 
Noa Turgeman
phone: 03-5172131 ext. 203
e-mail: NoaT@fulbright.org.il

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