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Post-doctoral Researchers Fellowship

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Post-Doctoral
Researchers to Teach and Study at Hebrew University

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust

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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International post-doctoral researchers to teach, study, and participate in research at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Candidates must be sponsored by a faculty member of the Hebrew University. Funding is intended to enrich the academic experience by introducing outstanding talent and creating a global network of science and scholarship.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177389

Estimated Size of Grant:

NIS. 5,481 (per month) for candidates who have held their Doctorates for less than two years before they take up the Fellowship. Post-Doctoral candidates who have held their Doctorates for more than two years will receive NIS. 6,055 (per month); NIS 1,000** rental allowance*** (per month).

In addition:

(1) The Trust will pay for a roundtrip flight from the fellow's country of origin to Israel and back again.
(2) Half of the medical insurance if purchased and paid for in Israel.

* NIS 9,000 for an Associate Professor
** NIS 600 for single fellows
*** Providing the fellow is renting an apartment in Jerusalem or close to Jerusalem

Term of Contract:

The Post-Doctoral Researcher fellowships will last between 9 and 12 months. Post-doctoral researchers may request an extension of one year only to their Fellowships.

Post-Doctoral Researchers are expected to commence the Fellowship on the 1st of October of the year in which the Fellowship was offered and end it on the 30th of September of the following year. Attempts are made to be as elastic as possible should a Fellow expect to arrive before or after the 1st of October. However, an earlier commencement or a delay of over 2 months should be reported to the office of the Trust to ensure it is acceptable.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Must have an academic sponsor.
2. Researchers applying for the Academic Year 2020-2021 you must have received their Doctorate not earlier than the first of October, 2015.
3. If the candidate has engaged in Post-Doctoral Research at Hebrew University in any other framework, without a break from October, 2016, the candidate will not be eligible to apply. If the candidate has engaged in Post-Doctoral Research at Hebrew University in any other framework, without a break before October, 2017, the candidate will be eligible to apply for only one year of the Fellowship. The candidate will not be able to apply for an extension.
4. Fellowships are rarely awarded to candidates who acquired their Doctorate at the Hebrew University and who wish to continue immediately after the Doctorate with a Post-Doctoral Fellowship - such candidates are required to contact the Trust's office for further details.
5. Rsearchers may apply even if they intend to submit the dissertation for judgement in the period between the 1st of January, 2020 and the 30th of September, 2020. If the Academic Committee decides to award a Fellowship, payment will be contingent upon providing proof that the dissertation has been submitted/approved before the 30th of September, 2020.

- 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 who is still actively participating in research at Hebrew University, and who wishes to act as a sponsor, should call The Lady Davis office, which will submit his/her request to the Academic Committee for approval.
- The candidate's Ph.D Advisor will not be allowed to serve as a sponsor.
- The candidate may have more than one sponsor who is willing to support the application from the same Faculty/Department. If the area of research is inter-disciplinary, the candidate must have at least one sponsor from each Faculty/Department. However, in any case, you only one application may be submitted and the candidate will have to decide which Faculty/Department is the 'Major' and channel the application through that Faculty/Department.
- The applicant is requested to ensure that the sponsor clearly indicates that he/she has no plans to be either on Sabbatical or unpaid leave during the relevant year of the Fellowship. The academic committee also requires the sponsor to assess whether or not the stated research can be completed in one year or whether there will be a need for an extension of one more year.

- The Hebrew University does not offer Fellowships to students studying for a Masters Degree Program.
- The Trust does not fund travel expenses to conferences, or any other expense not specifically referred to on the "What the Fellowships are Worth" page.
- Family members accompanying a Fellow will not be eligible for reimbursement of their flight expenses.
- The Trust will not pay for insurance that exceeds the standard package paid for by a normally healthy person. The Trust will also not finance any extra medical insurance fees that are connected to pregnancy - those costs will have to be paid for by the Post-Doctoral Fellow.

Pre-Application Information:

For the academic year from October 1st, 2020 to September 30th, 2021:
- Post-doctoral Researchers Deadline: December 31st, 2019
- Post-doctoral Researchers (one year extension) Deadline: December 31st, 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. Candidates will not be able to process an application without a sponsor.

Candidates must have an academic sponsor. Sponsors in the Faculties of Science, Medicine, Dentistry, and Agriculture will be expected to cover 50% of the total cost of the Fellowship for Post-Doctoral Researchers, even in the first year. The sponsor will pay for the first half of the year and the Fellowship will pay the second half.

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

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

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General Secretary: Prof. Esther Shohami
Executive Secretary: Mr. M. Mark Sopher
Secretary: Ms. Debbie Yakobian

At the Hebrew University

M. Mark Sopher
The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust
Hebrew University, Givat Ram
Jerusalem, 91904, Israel

Telephone: 972-2-651-2306 (Voice Mail) or 972-2-658-4723
Fax: 972-2-566-3848

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