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Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Grants to USA Post-Doctoral Scholars for Research
at Israel Institutions of Higher Education

GrantWatch ID#: 172827
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Foundation / Corporation

United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF)

08/01/17

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Fellowships providing a stipend of up to $40,000 over two academic years to USA post-doctoral scholars to carry out research at Israel institutions of higher education. This program is open to research in all academic disciplines. Applications are accepted from scholars who will hold post-doctoral fellow positions at Israeli institutions.

A letter of invitation from an accredited Israeli institution of higher education is required at the time of application. Each candidate should try to arrange his/her institutional affiliations in Israel independently, including development of the program of work for the proposed visit through contacts with possible host institutions.

According to USIEF policy, Fulbright postdoctoral fellows must hold official postdoctoral fellow status at their host institutions in Israel, including access to campus resources. Additionally, host institutions will be asked to provide Fulbright postdoctoral fellows a grant no smaller than their own standard institutional postdoctoral award, a description of which should be included in the letter of invitation submitted with the Fulbright application.

For full details on the Fulbright Post-Doctoral Scholar Program review process, see the CIES website. During its review of the recommended pool of applications, USIEF applies the following criteria:

-Academic excellence is the primary criterion for the evaluation of candidates.

-Possession of skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Israel is an important evaluation criterion. Thus, 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 would the candidate like to learn about Israel; in what activities in addition to research does he/she expect to become involved; how does the candidate expect to share his/her 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.

-Hebrew language proficiency is not an evaluation criterion, unless such proficiency is required in order to carry out the proposed plan of work.

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.

There will be 2 - 8 fellowships.

Grant benefits:

-USIEF stipend of up to $40,000 ($20,000 per academic year), payable in U.S. dollars. In addition, each grantee should receive from his/her host institution a grant no smaller than its own standard postdoctoral award.

-Limited health benefits for the grantee only.

-Orientation meetings in the United States (attendance compulsory) and in Israel, as well as other grantee events in Israel during the course of the academic year.

Grants will commence during the 2018-19 academic year and support programs of work in Israel for up to 20 months (two academic years).

Eligibility requirements apply at the time of application. For full details on all Fulbright U.S. Scholar program eligibility requirements, see the CIES website: http://www.cies.org/eligibility

In addition:

-Candidates must be planning to begin a period of postdoctoral research at an accredited institution of higher education in Israel during the course of the 2018-19 academic year. Individuals who have already begun postdoctoral research activities in Israel prior to the 2018-19 academic year are not eligible.

-According to Israeli regulations, a researcher may be defined as a postdoctoral scholar for a period of five years, beginning from the date of the award of his/her doctorate. Thus, to be eligible for a Fulbright Fellowship, candidates must have received their PhD degrees no earlier than April 2015.
Candidates who hold tenure-track positions are ineligible.

-Please note: only spouses and dependent children are eligible to receive visas, paralleling those awarded to Program Fellows.

CIES Eligibility:

-U.S. citizenship - permanent residence is not sufficient.

-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.)

-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.

-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.

-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. The complete FFSB regulations can be found under 626 Ineligibility Factors.

-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.

Award-specific Requirements:

-Degree requirements: Individual award descriptions specify where a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree (including a master’s degree, depending on the field) is required.

-Early career and postdoctoral candidates: Where an award is open to these candidates, they may apply if they will complete the requirements for their doctoral (or equivalent) degree by February 1 in the year following the application deadline, unless otherwise specified in the award description. If not complete at the time of application, applicants must address when they expect to complete their degree in the application.

-Teaching experience: All teaching awards are at the postsecondary level and may vary in experience or discipline requirements, as specified in the award description. Applicants are expected to have teaching experience relevant to the proposed course topic(s).

-Language requirements: Foreign language proficiency may be required depending on the country, type of grant activity (teaching or research), and the nature of the proposed projects. (Note: In many world areas, English is sufficient for teaching activities.)

Eligibility Guidelines for Previous Fulbright Grantees:

-Candidates who previously held a Fulbright Scholar grant should be aware that, as a general matter, preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Scholar grant. Therefore, previous Fulbright Scholar grantees are expected to make a strong justification in their application for a repeat Fulbright grant. For further guidance, please refer to the relevant section in the Application Guidelines and Review Criteria.

-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.)

A letter of invitation from an accredited Israeli institution of higher education is required at the time of application. A complete list of institutions is attached below.

The application deadline for Fellowships beginning in 2018-19 is August 1, 2017.

Timeline:

August 1st: CIES program staff review applications for technical completeness. Applicants will be notified if any required component is missing from the application or if page limits are exceeded, and asked to provide additional documentation as needed. Only complete applications will be forwarded to the reviewers.

August - September: Discipline Peer Review Committees read applications and make comments from a discipline-specific perspective, which are then provided to the Regional Peer Review Committees for consideration along with the applications.

October - November: Regional Peer Review Committees meet in Washington, D.C., review applications, and make recommendations.

November - December: CIES notifies applicants whether or not their application has been recommended for further consideration in the host country; this notification is emailed. Please let your CIES Program Officer know if your email address changed since you submitted your application.

December - May: Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies (Posts) or binational Fulbright Commissions overseas review recommended applications and nominate candidates for selection.

January - June: All recommended candidates are forwarded to the J.W. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for approval. CIES notifies applicants whether they have been selected to receive a Fulbright award. This notification is also emailed. Please let your CIES Program Officer know if your email address changed since you submitted your application.

June - Onward: Grant details are finalized and grants may begin per start dates listed in the Catalog of Awards. For some countries, an orientation may be scheduled for applicants selected for grants.

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):
http://www.cies.org/program/core-fulbright-us-scholar-program

Interested candidates can find country information on Israel on the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website:
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/AboutIsrael/Pages/default.aspx

Or the Ministry of Tourism’s website:
https://info.goisrael.com/en/

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

Apply Online:
http://www.cies.org/application-login

If you anticipate delays in obtaining the letter of invitation by the August 1 deadline, please contact CIES at middleeastnorthafrica@iie.org for additional guidance.

For further information or inquiries, contact:

Imri Grinberg
03-5172392
ImriG@fulbright.org.il

Those interested may also contact the CIES staff member responsible for the Middle East region for further information:

Lisa Hendricks, Regional Head
202-686-6244
LHendricks@iie.org

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