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Fellowships to Israel and Germany Early-Career Scholars for Social Sciences and Humanities Research

Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship (MBSF)


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Funding Source
Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences (MBSF), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Federal Ministry of Education and Research
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Geographic Focus
Israel; International.

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/18/23 Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to Israel and Germany post-doctoral scholars working in all social sciences and humanities fields to promote academic research. For the fellowships, which will take place in Israel, the funding source is seeking applicants who are social scientists and creative humanists with broad intellectual horizons. No connection of the subject matter to Jewish studies or Israel is required. An imaginative proposal proving the applicant’s ability to carry out cutting-edge research in her or his field is the most important part of the application.

The fellows are encouraged to move to Jerusalem and those who do receive an additional housing subsidy that can be used either for apartments in the university’s Student Village (on campus) or to help with rental costs elsewhere in town. Non-Israeli fellows who move to Jerusalem with their family are eligible for additional support.

Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their individual research under optimal conditions for the term of their fellowship and are expected to become part of the vibrant scholarly community in Jerusalem, reflecting the widest possible disciplinary spectrum in the Humanities and the Social Sciences and embodying a spirit of shared intellectual adventure. They are obliged to participate in biweekly colloquia, workshops, lectures, study excursions, and other cultural and academic activities of the MBSF. Discussions in the Martin Buber Society take place in English (not in Hebrew or German).


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Candidates who have completed their PhD at an Israeli or German university, as well as citizens of Israel or Germany who have received their PhD in any country, are eligible to apply. Applicants must have their PhD degree in hand no earlier than October 1st, 2019, and no later than July 1st, 2024.

*For German institutions, the day of the disputation is the decisive date; for Israeli institutions, the date on the official letter of approval of the dissertation from the degree-granting university. Applicants with children under the age of five (at the time of the September 15 deadline) get an extra year and may apply if they have their PhD no earlier than October 1st 2018.

The MBSF is committed to diversity and equal opportunity and encourages applicants from all backgrounds and communities to apply.

Applications that are purely technical in nature, such as in the fields of applied economics or practical law, will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for applications for 2024-2025 is September 18, 2023.

The Academic Committee of the Martin Buber Society will meet in January 2024 to choose the new cohort of fellows. Outstanding candidates will be invited for an interview beforehand.

Number of Grants
Up to 8 fellows will be selected - up to four from Israel and four from Germany.

Estimated Size of Grant
Fellows receive a monthly stipend of approximately 9000 NIS.

Term of Contract
Scholarships are granted for a maximum of four years, beginning October 1, 2024 (subject to review at the end of each year).

Fellows are expected to be in residence and asked to spend at least 4 days a week at the office.

Contact Information
Register and apply online:

For further inquiries please contact Ms. Gabi Schneider at

Ms. Gabi Schneider
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jack, Josef and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Rooms 321, 322
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, 9190501
+972 (0)2-5883901

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