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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International
Professors to Conduct Research and Teach in Israel

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem – The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust

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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International university professors to conduct research, teach courses, lead seminars, and establish academic connections with faculty members at a university in Israel. The exact breakdown of activities funded by the fellowship will be mutually agreed upon by the professor and the academic sponsor.

The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust was established 46 years ago in 1973 to provide an opportunity for Visiting Professors, Post-Doctoral Researchers and Doctoral Students from abroad, regardless of nationality, gender or field of scholarship to teach, study and participate in research in Israel at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa. It is one of the most distinguished and sought after fellowship programs in the world. In addition, the Lady Davis Fellowship Trust has greatly enriched the Hebrew University and the Technion by constantly introducing exceptional talent into their academic environment and by linking these two institutions, through human bridges, with the world network of science and scholarship.

Visiting Professors are typically expected to teach.  The Academic Committee will favorably view an application that includes an intention to teach courses or participate in or lead seminars.  Visiting Professors also engage in research with their hosts or interact with other Faculty members.  The precise mix of activities will be mutually decided upon by the Visitor and his/her academic sponsor.

The Fellowships are intended not only to promote an exchange of ideas and information but also to cement personal relationships that will provide the basis for an ongoing academic liaison in the future.

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GrantWatch ID#: 164768

Estimated Size of Grant:

NIS 10,000 per month.

Term of Contract:

Visiting Professors are expected to take up the Fellowship within the period of the Academic year for which they have applied - in other words, between the 1st of October and the 30th of September in the following year providing the period they have chosen is acceptable to their sponsor. Visiting Professorships are 2 to 4 months in length.

Fellowships may not be deferred from one year to the next.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants
- Must have an academic sponsor (see below)
- Must be a Full or an Associate professor
- Visiting Professorships are only awarded to candidates who apply from Universities outside of Israel.

Sponsors in the Faculties of Science, Medicine, Dentistry and Agriculture will be expected to cover 20% of the total cost of the Fellowship for Visiting Professors. In the case of Visiting Professors, the Trust will submit a request to the sponsor for the payment of the 20% mentioned.

An academic sponsor does not simply agree to passively supervise your research from time to time while you are at the Hebrew University. It is expected that your sponsor to actively support your research proposal because it is of a nature that is closely connected to and compliments his/her own particular expertise and opens up new areas of study which he/she would be interested to pursue. Therefore, the enthusiasm he/she can show in the letter of support to actively collaborate with you on your proposed research will indicate to the Academic Committee the importance he/she attaches to your proposed visit.

A sponsor must have the rank of Lecturer (or above) and he/she must be on the Regular Academic Track at the Hebrew University. An Emeritus Professor may be a co-sponsor but not the main sponsor.

The Hebrew University does not offer Fellowships to students studying for a Masters Degree Program.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is November 30th, 2019.

Prospective candidates must establish contact with the relevant Faculty or Department at the Hebrew University, and ensure that there is a Faculty member willing to sponsor the application. Applications will not be processed without a sponsor.

Visiting Professors who have been awarded a Fellowship for 2018-19 may reapply for another providing at least 3 academic years have elapsed between applications. In other words, a Visiting Professor, who has been awarded a Fellowship for 2018-19, may apply again for the year 2022-23.

Fellows who have won another concurrent Fellowship must disclose this to the Trust, whereupon the amount of the award will be reviewed. As a general rule, a concurrent financial award similar to that offered by the Trust will probably entail transferring the Fellowship to another candidate. An award less than that offered by the Trust will probably entail an adjustment to the amount it will offer.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

M. Mark Sopher, Executive Secretary
The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust
Hebrew University, Givat Ram
Jerusalem, 91904, Israel
972-2-651-2306 (Voice Mail) or 972-2-658-4723

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