Postdoctoral Positions and Fellowships in Israel
If you are among the dedicated and diligent few who completed their third degree, it's time to think about the next step, a postdoctoral fellowship in Israel. Engineering, physics, psychology and philosophy are just a few of the fields in which such fellowships are offered.
You can choose a teaching or a non-teaching track, meet and work with some of the finest scholars in the world, while taking your academic career to the next level. Lately, the council of higher education in Israel has opened the door for the arrival of scholars from India and China, and it continues its collaboration with Europe and The US.
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Fellows of the postdoctoral track are expected to continue their research under the guidance of a professor and to study in groups (at times the groups are actually pairs). The tracks are open to candidates from all over the world and are usually studied in English. However, in case fellows wish to take a teaching position, most institutions require them to know Hebrew.
The duration of the track is usually two years, in some institutions the track may be extended to three years.
Candidates must complete their PhD prior to applying. Furthermore, they must submit their fellowship request no later than three years (in some institutions it is five years) after completing their PhD. At any case, the postdocs must complete their track before seven years have passed since they received their PhD.
A special committee that includes the rector and representatives of the different academic departments examines the candidates' past work and research proposals and decides which will be accepted. Candidates must include in their request a proposal for future study.
Stipends and Housing Expenses
Usually, fellows receive a grant from the hosting faculties. However, in some cases, the grants are provided by external funds. Stipends that are considered as grants are tax free in Israel. Fellows might receive several scholarships at the same time from different funds, in accordance with the guidelines and conditions prescribed in each one of them. There are many organizations offering grants to postdoctoral fellows. Usually, they are based on academic merit. However, some of them are based on the field of study or the students' countries of origin.
Fulbright post - doctoral fellowships: These fellowships are offered by the United States - Israel Educational Foundation to eight American postdoc scholars who wish to conduct research at Israeli academic institutions. These grants are open to researchers in all academic fields, they support programs of up to two academic years (20 months. As part of the application process, a letter of invitation from an Israeli university is required. Candidates must plan to begin the postdoc research during the 2019 - 2020 academic year. They must receive their PhD degree after April of 2016. The grant includes a stipend of up to 70,000$, 35,000$ for each academic year. In addition, the grantees receive health benefits and orientation meetings and grantee events.