Postdoctoral Funding

Postdoctoral positions may be funded by a variety of sources. Most fellows are funded by research grants of the hosting faculty member. Other sources include local and international research grants as well as internal and foreign competitive fellowships. The various Post Doctoral Fellowships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are intended to enable the Fellows to devote themselves exclusively to their research with the purpose of reaching scientific and professional independence, which will be required later in their career.

University Fellowships:

The Hebrew University offers 40-50 Fellowships annually financed by university funds, the major ones being the Lady Davis Fellowship Trust and the Golda Meir Trust. The fellowships are offered for postdoctoral research in all academic areas pursued at the Hebrew University.

Additional sources of funding are available

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Fulbright Post-doctoral fellowship

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) plans to award eight fellowships to American postdoctoral scholars who seek to pursue research at Israeli institutions of higher education. The grants, which will commence during the 2018-19 academic year, are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support programs of work in Israel for up to 20 months (two academic years).

Funding: $40,000, for two years (20,000$ per year)

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

Full Information: fund  website 

Azrieli Fellows Program

This prestigious and competitive program, established in 2007, provides financial support to the best and brightest scholars from Israel and around the world.

The Azrieli Fellows Program is currently open to scholars at the postdoctoral level who are Canadian citizens or who have completed their doctorates at Canadian universities, in all fields.

Funding: CAD$40,000, for one year, with possibility of one year renewal

Deadline: fall 2017

Full Information: Fund website


China Scholarships Council - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Fellowships

The primary focus of this program is to provide scholarships for postdoctoral students and visiting scholars from Chinese institutions each year, to engage in post-doctoral level research in all fields at HUJI for a period of 12 – 24 months.

Funding: The CSC will provide $1000 per month for Post Doctoral Students/Visiting Scholars and a one-time return international airfare to Israel by the most economical route, and visa application fees. HUJI host scientists will provide a minimum of US$600 subsidy per month, and adequate working conditions in order to pursue their research, including academic supervision, necessary laboratory services, materials and library services.

Deadline for Applications: 14 December 2017

More Information: Call for Applications

Contact at the International Office: Ms. Shachar Kessler,


Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) awards 8 grants to American post-doctoral scholars, in all academic fields, who are about to begin a program of research at Israeli institutions of higher education.  The total length of the proposed program of work in Israel must be at least two academic years (20 months net in Israel).

Funding: The Fulbright award totals $40,000, $20,000 per academic year.  Fulbright funding supplements basic

Deadline: 1 August, each year, for the following academic year. (i.e.. Aug. 1, 2016 for academic year beginning October 2017)

More Information: Fund Website


The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust

The Lady Davis Trust was established 38 years ago to provide the opportunity for leading scientists and scholars, Post-doctoral Researchers and Doctoral Students from abroad, regardless of nationality, gender or field of scholarship to teach, study and participate in research in Israel at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust is open to all disciplines studied at the Hebrew University.

The terms of the University Fellowships are available on the site of the Lady Davis Fellowship Trust; they are identical whether awarded by the Trust or other university funds. Read more

These Fellowships are awarded after a rigorous academic review process in the Departments, Faculties and the All-University Fellowships committee.

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 their application. A sponsor must have the rank of Lecturer (or above) and he/she must be on the Regular Tenure Track at the Hebrew University.

For a list of university faculty and research areas:

Guidelines and forms are available on the site of the Lady Davis Fellowship Trust and applications should be submitted there as well. An application made to the Trust will automatically be considered for all the other Awards at the disposal of the University. Consequently, the award of a Fellowship could be financed either by the Trust or by any other of the Funds at the disposal of the University.

Funding: Details in website

Deadline: Annually

More information: Fund Website


Joint Berlin-Jerusalem Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

Joint Post-Doctoral Fellowships are offered for highly qualified, early career post-doctoral researchers, in all fields. Each fellowship is awarded for 24 months, and consists of two phases:

Phase 1: 12 months of research at Freie Universität Berlin

Phase 2: 12 months of research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

(or vice versa) 

Funding: A monthly stipend of 2,000 Euro and a one-time relocation allowance (2,000 Euro)

Deadline: January 31, 2018

Full Information: Fifth Call for Proposals, 2018-2019 


EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF-EF)

European Fellowships in EU or associated countries  (including Israel), for researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe.

More Information: Fund Website

Contacts at The Authority for Research and Development:  

Ms. Hani Ben Yehuda, Email:


Postdoctoral Fellowships at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Jointly funded with the Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) of the Council for Higher Education in Israel

The Hebrew University is seeking excellent postdoctoral fellows from China and India in all fields of research, and is offering fellowships to suitable candidates.

Funding: The amount of a fellowship will be no less than NIS 110,000 a year (equivalent to about $28000, depending on the exchange rate), for 2 years, with an option for a third year. The funding is divided so that the PBC pays 63% of the fellowship, and the sponsoring faculty member at the Hebrew University pays 37% of the fellowship.

The application should be submitted via the Hebrew University Scholarship website at:
 Please select "PBC scholarship" under "General Applications".
Selection Process:
Step 1: Internal Selection of applications  Deadline: 30.10.2017
Applications will be first submitted to the internal university committee for internal grading.
Step 2: The top 15 applications (50% men and 50% women) will be submitted by the University to the CHE committee by 30/11/2017.

Deadline: 31 October 2017

More Information: Call for Applications

Contacts at the International Office: Ms. Limor Levy, Email:

Fulbright-Israel Institute Postdoc Award

Two-Year US Post-Doctoral Research Fellows to Israel

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) and the Israel Institute plan to award a fellowship to an American postdoctoral scholar who seeks to pursue research at Israeli institutions of higher education in the field of Israel Studies. The grant will commence during the academic years 2018/2019-2020.

Funding: Program grants total $80,000, $40,000 per academic year.  In addition, the host institution will also provide a standard post-doctoral grant. 

Deadline: Applications must be submitted to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) by August 1st, 2017.

Full Information: Read more


Social Sciences and Humanities


Asian Studies

Mobility, Empire and Cross Cultural Contacts in Mongol Eurasia

 The European Research Council (ERC) project Mobility, Empire and Cross-Cultural Contacts in Mongol Eurasia at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of Prof. Michal beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Funding: 10,000 NIS per month

Deadline: 15 March 2016

Full Information: Website

Louis Frieberg Post Doctoral Fellowships

The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies offers post-doctoral fellowships for the year 2016-2017.

The fellowships are open to scholars in the humanities and social sciences specializing in East Asia, especially China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia.

Funding: The fellowship consists of a monthly stipend (tax free) of $1,500, paid in Israeli NIS and linked to the “representative rate of exchange.” Fellows are entitled to one airline ticket (economy class, up to 1500$) for a direct flight from their home town to Israel and back.

Deadline: 5 May 2016


More Information:  Call for Applications



 Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities

The fellowship is intended for young scholars, from Israel and abroad, who have shown exceptional excellence, depth, and originality, and whose research may enrich academic and cultural discourse.

Funding: At Scholion they are provided with conditions conducive to research at the highest level, and a munificent grant which allows them to devote the majority of their time to research.

Deadline: Application for 2016-2019 Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowships starts on on September 1, 2015.

More Information: Scholion Website


The Martin Buber Society Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Martin Buber Society of Fellows, a joint venture of the Hebrew University and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), aims at fostering inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural academic discourse at the highest level among outstanding young scholars (post-doctoral) from Israel and Germany together with selected senior colleagues.

Each year the Academic Committee of the Martin Buber Society selects up to ten exceptionally gifted young scholars (five from Israel, five from Germany) in all fields of the humanities broadly defined and including social sciences (with the exception of law and economics).

More Information: Website

Ms. Yael Baron, Email:,  Tel. +972 (0)2-5883901 or +972(0)2 5881747

Sociology Post Doctoral Fellowships

Department of Sociology awards post doctoral fellowships for research projects must focus on Israeli society, Jewish communities, or other subjects which have a direct or indirect bearing on Jewish or Israeli Institutions and ideas. Preference will be given to candidates in the disciplines of sociology and anthropology. The Fellowship is intended for candidates who will spend the term at the Hebrew University.

Funding:  Fellowship stipends are at the same level as other post- doctoral fellowships granted at the Hebrew University. Fellowships are granted for the duration of three months and up to one year.

Deadline: 21 February 2016

More Information: Website



The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program

Call for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications 2018-19

The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program is designed to transform Israel’s scientific landscape, dramatically expanding its talent pool by attracting excellent postdoctoral researchers from leading universities in the United States and Canada. Zuckerman Scholars will join the faculties of the Hebrew University for postdoctoral training and research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 

Funding: Each Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholar will be awarded initially $50,000 per year for two years, with $36,000 per year devoted to living expenses, and $14,000 per year allocated for research ($10,000) and travel ($4000) expenses.
Deadline: 29 December 2017
More Information: Fund Website
Ms. Limor Levy, Email:; Tel: +972-2- 5882924

McDonnell Foundation Post Doctoral Fellowship Program in Studying Complex Systems

James S. McDonnell Foundation Complex Systems program supports scholarship and research directed toward the development of theoretical and mathematical tools that can be applied to the study of complex, adaptive, nonlinear systems.

Funding:  $200,000 for 2 and no more than 3 years.
Deadline: The 2015 deadline was June 12, 2015, 15:59 CDT (20:59 UTC).

More Information: Fund Website

Contacts at the Authority for Research & Development, Ms. Maya Sherman Coordinator for USA

Netherlands Organisation (NWO) Fellowships for Junior Scientists (COFUND)

Co-financed by Marie Curie COFUND, the 'Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research'(NWO) offers fellowships within the 'Rubicon program'.

Researchers of all nationalities and all scientific areas, who have conducted scientific research at an academic research institute in the Netherlands for a period of at least three years within the five years directly preceding the submission deadline, can apply to spend up to two years at a top research institution outside the Netherlands.

Deadline: TBD

More Information: Fund Website

Brain Sciences

JBC Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Jerusalem Brain Community (JBC) builds upon Hebrew University‘s record of excellence and innovation in its multidisciplinary approach to brain sciences; seeing great importance in enabling post-doctoral researchers to be part of its flourishing research environment and community. JBC post-doctoral Fellowships enable Fellows to devote themselves exclusively to their research with the purpose of reaching scientific and professional independence.

Funding: Up to $20,000, for a period of one year, with a matching sum provided by the fellow's supervisor.

Deadline: 1 February 2016

Full Information: Fund Website

Edmond and Lily Safra (ELSC) Post Doctoral Fellowships in Brain Science

The aim of the Edmond and Lily Safra (ELSC) Fellowships for post doctoral training in Brain Science is to support Post Doctoral training of students at the outstanding ELSC laboratories in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Funding: Terms of Fellowship

Deadline: The applications will be reviewed twice a year, last date to submit applications are as follows: 1) 30 November; 2) 1 May

More Information: ELSC Website

Questions may be sent to:

Earth Sciences

Institute of Earth Sciences Nadine and Freddy Hermann Post Doctoral Fellowships

The Institute of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem offers annually the Nadine and Freddy Hermann post-doc Fellowships in all fields of Earth Sciences.

More Information: The Institute of Earth Sciences Website

Marine Sciences

Call for Proposals - IUI Postdoctoral Fellowships 2016-17

The Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat, Israel (IUI) invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship starting 1 October 2016. The Fellowship is open to candidates in all marine disciplines, with a preference for candidates who intend to focus on field studies. Applicants are required to have a host who is an IUI-affiliated resident or non-resident researcher (see list of researchers at the IUI web page)

Funding: IUI will provide NIS 54,000 per annum (50% of the total fellowship - approx. $28,000 under current exchange rates). 50% of the fellowship or more  will be provided by the host.

Deadline: 31 January 2016

Full Information: Fund website





BARD Vaadia Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The primary objective of the BARD Postdoctoral Fellowship is to enable young scientists to acquire new skills and techniques while becoming professionally established in the agricultural research community. The program promotes cooperative agricultural research between postdoctoral fellows from one country (the United States or Israel) and senior scientists from the other.

Funding: $37,000 + $8000 dependent allowance, for one year

Deadline: January 15, yearly

Full Information: Fund website.


Cancer Research Institute - Irvington Fellowship

As a result of the dramatic and exciting growth in the field of cancer immunology, CRI now designates at least two of fifteen fellowship awards per round for projects with high relevance to cancer immunology.

Contacts at the Authority for Research & Development:

Ms. Maya Sherman Coordinator for USA, Email:

More Information: Fund Website

IDRF - Postdoctoral Fellowships

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation funds a variety of Postdoctoral fellowships are designed to attract relatively early stage, qualified, promising scientists entering their professional career in the diabetes research field.

More Information: Fund Website