Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowships at University of Haifa

Program Overview

Applications for the 2021/22 academic year are now closed. Please check back here in winter 2021 for information regarding the next awards cycle.

We are looking for the brightest and most innovative scholars who aspire to research in Israel and join the Fulbright heritage. This is a unique opportunity for a Fulbright research fellowship at the University of Haifa.

The program offers a grant of $47,500 per academic year for up to two years.

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 24 months (academic years 2021/2022 and 2022/2023).

For more information and applications - click here

Fulbright Israel 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.

Grant Benefits

  • $95,000 ($47,500 per academic year for two years), payable in U.S. dollars. 
  • Up to $8,000 travel and relocation grant from the University of Haifa (for the two years). 
  • 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.
  • Applicants may seek additional funding from the host institution (proof of such funding is not required at the time of application). 

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 2016.
  • Individuals who have already begun postdoctoral research activities in Israel prior to the 2021-22 academic year are not eligible. 
  • Candidates who hold tenure-track positions are ineligible.
  • Only spouses and dependent children are eligible to receive visas, paralleling those awarded to Program Fellows.
  • The University of Haifa 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 the University of Haifa independently, including development of the program of work for the proposed visit through contacts at the University of Haifa. 


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, Fulbright Israel 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 University of Haifa is 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

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


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?

For further information or inquiries, please contact: 
Noa Turgeman
Tel: +972 3 5213803

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