Fellowship grants to Israel students studying towards a doctorate or postdoctorate degree in an accredited Israeli institution for postdoctoral study or research abroad. Funding is intended to help young scholars of outstanding academic merit and potential to advance in their respective fields.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
- The candidate must be a permanent resident of Israel.
- The candidate must have completed or be conducting his/her PhD research at an accredited institution of higher learning in Israel.
- Candidates will be eligible only if the doctoral degree was awarded after November 2012.
- A person holding a tenured position at an Israeli university will NOT be considered for a Fellowship.
- Persons beginning their postdoctoral studies abroad before June 2015 may not apply for the Fellowship. The Rothschild Fellowship may only be used to fund the first period of postdoctoral study abroad.
- Candidates are required to advise the University Academic Secretariat and the Rothschild Fellowships Secretariat whenever supplementary funds become available to them. Candidates receiving supplementary funds of $55,000 or more during any fellowship year will not be eligible for a Rothschild Fellowship.
- Partial grants will not be awarded.
- Candidates splitting time between Israel and abroad will be able to use the funds only towards the costs related to time spent abroad.
In some cases, a Fellowship may be awarded to candidates in the Natural, Exact and Life Sciences and Engineering who wish to carry out their research abroad over several non-consecutive periods, under the following conditions:
- The fellow will spend, in aggregate, at least twelve months in a research group outside of Israel. This may be done in non-consecutive periods of time over a three-year period during which the Fellow is a postdoctoral fellow at an Israeli institution.
- The institution proposed by the candidate for his/her postdoctoral research may not be the same as the institution which granted the PhD. Likewise, the Fellowship will not support postdoctoral research with the same mentor who supervised the candidate's doctoral work.
- Candidates must have full funding for the postdoctoral period spent in Israel.
Applications to the Rothschild Fellowships 2016/2017 may only be submitted electronically. Universities will receive a link to a secure website through which the applicants will be required to upload their applications and all supporting documents.
Each candidate file should include:
a) An electronic copy of the Application Form with a recent digital photograph embedded in the file
b) A curriculum vitae including the list of publications (according to the sample attached to the application form)
c) Two letters of recommendation typed in English from two referees, at the request of the candidate. One of the referees should be the present or immediate past supervisor of the candidate. These letters should be regarded as confidential and submitted by the referees directly to the university authority.
Referees are requested to (i) compare the candidate to scientists and scholars in their field at a comparable academic stage; (ii) compare the candidate to other students with whom they have been in close contact, and (iii) whenever possible, compare to past recipients of the Rothschild Fellowship.
d) A third (optional) letter of recommendation from a senior academic at another university, who is qualified to assess the applicant’s current and proposed research, may be submitted.
e) One academic paper or article (preferably published) or dissertation chapter in English that the candidate has authored or co-authored, if available.
Letters of recommendation must be uploaded by university staff.
Number of Grants
Up to 13 Fellowships in the Natural, Exact or Life Sciences and Engineering. Up to 9 Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Estimated Size of Grant
NIS 160,000, plus travel and family allowance grants.
Term of Contract
Funding should be used for the 2016/2017 school year, with an option to extend through 2018.
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