Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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.

Fulbright Israel and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev plan to award a joint fellowship to a Senior Scholar. This fellowship enables an American senior scholar to pursue a semester of research and/or teaching at Ben-Gurion University to be carried out during the 2021/22 academic year. The program is open to all fields of knowledge; scholars’ proposed activities may include research, lecturing, or a combination of lecturing and research.

The fellowship will support a visit of four months.

For more information please click here.

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).

Grant Benefits

  • $6,000/month for unaccompanied grantees.
  • $6,500/month for grantees accompanied by one dependent.
  • $7,000/month for grantees accompanied by two or more dependents.
  • Limited health insurance for the grantee only.
  • Mandatory arrival orientation meeting.
  • Opportunities to participate in various cultural and academic events hosted by Fulbright Israel during the course of the 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.

  • Assistant professor or higher academic rank (or equivalent professional standing) is required.
  • A letter of invitation from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is required at the time of application.
  • Each candidate is responsible for arranging their institutional affiliation with Ben-Gurion University independently, including development of the program of work for the proposed visit through contacts at Ben-Gurion University.

Evaluation criteria

For full details on the Fulbright U.S. Scholar review process, visit CIES. During its review of the recommended pool of applications, Fulbright Israel applies the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence (or equivalent professional or artistic excellence) is the primary criterion for the evaluation of candidates.

  • Leadership qualities are an important evaluation criterion.

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not had substantial, recent professional experience in Israel.

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not had previous Fulbright grants.

  • Hebrew/Arabic language proficiency is not an evaluation criterion.

  • Possession of skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Israel is an important evaluation criterion.

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 Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship at Ben-Gurion University is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) on behalf of the Department of State. Those interested may also contact the CIES staff member responsible for the Middle East region for further information on the application process at 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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