International Researchers

Overview

At the Hebrew University, we have created a culture that values the involvement of dynamic, creative and dedicated researchers from the international academic community. We allocate significant funding and staff to attracting a broad variety of visiting professors, researchers and fellows. From answering initial questions handing applications, to matching researchers with colleagues at the university, to helping with the day-to-day logistics of living abroad, we invest substantial resources making your time here efficient, enjoyable and productive. 

 

Researcher

 

Funding for Short Visits

Funding

Erasmus+ Incoming Staff Teaching Mobility (KA107)

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The Hebrew University invites teaching staff from Erasmus+ partner universities for teaching visits at the university (kindly check with your International Office if there is an active agreement).

Interested teaching staff are invited to contact a relevant HUJI staff member to discuss opportunities to arrange a suitable time for the teaching staff visit during the academic year.

 

 

Formal Requirements

  • Duration of stay: minimum of 5 days at the Hebrew University and longer if permitted by agreement and budget.
  • Participants are required to deliver a minimum of 8 hours teaching per week (or part of week). Teaching can take on a variety of different forms, such as guest presentations in local courses related to expertise, workshops for graduate/doctoral student, one on one supervision, public lectures, etc.
  • Support for research-based stays is not provided within the scope of Erasmus+, however, research activities may be conducted in combination with a teaching stay.

 

Application Process

  • There is no deadline for applications. Interested teaching staff are invited to contact a relevant HUJI staff member to discuss opportunities to arrange a suitable time for the teaching staff visit during the academic year.
  • Please contact the International Office at your home university for further information on the application. Other regulations and deadlines may apply.
  • If the application is successful (in the case of a competitive call), the partner university staff exchange coordinator will notify the Hebrew University International Office via email (this step is called "nomination").
  • Following the nomination, a formal invitation letter should be prepared and sent to the guest by the Dean of the HUJI Faculty, as per the HUJI internal regulations, with a copy sent to the International Office - Gal Lombrozo, Email: gallom@savion.huji.ac.il

 

Mobility Agreement for Teaching

  • Prior to arrival, the guest is required to have a "Teaching Mobility Agreement" fully signed. This agreement sets out the program for the visit goals and program and forms the basis of the mobility. The form needs to be approved and signed by the member of staff, the sending and the receiving institutions.
  • At HUJI, the agreement should be e-signed by the International Office and returned to the guest.
  • Important: The agreement will only be signed by the International Office after the formal letter of invitation from the Dean has been sent.
  • The fully signed version should be sent to the HUJI International Office, Email: incoming@savion.huji.ac.il

 

Refund of Expenses

All financial arrangements and reimbursements are via the home partner university and in accordance with their internal regulations.

 

More Information: Erasmus+ Website

 

Fulbright (USIEF) Disciplinary Regulations

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The United States–Israel Educational Foundation, known as Fulbright Israel, was established in 1956 by the Governments of the United States and Israel. The Foundation governed by a binational Board of Directors.

USIEF has created designated programs, which support research, study, exchange of knowledge of cultures and customs and leadership development among underserved populations.

Fulbright Israel administers the Fulbright Academic Program in Israel, and plans to award fellowships to U.S. researchers who seek to pursue research, lecturing, or a combination of lecturing and research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Grants are open to researchers in all academic disciplines. The grants will support visits of four months.

 

Deadline: Annually

More Information: Fulbright Website

 

The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust

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The Lady Davis Trust was established over 40 years ago to provide the opportunity for leading scientists and scholars, 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 of the Hebrew University.

Deadline: Annually

More Information Lady Davis Website

 

Pre-Arrival Information

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COVID – 19 Arrival Procedures

 

COVID-19 ARRIVAL PROCEDURES – Update 10 March 2022

Arrival to Israel during this current period requires compliance with special Covid-19 regulations of the Ministry of Health and Immigration Authority. As such, the Hebrew University is legally bound to the strict compliance of these regulations and is responsible for overseeing their implementation.

List of Topics

  1. Entry into Israel
  2. Green Pass and Vaccinations
  3. Registration
  4. Visas
  5. Health Insurance
  6. Self-Quarantine
  7. Pre-departure Planning
  8. Transportation from the Airport
  9. Guidance upon Arrival in Israel
  10. Contacts
  11. Useful Websites

 

A. ENTRY INTO ISRAEL

Foreign nationals of all ages, regardless of vaccination status, will be allowed to enter Israel, subject to testing negative on a PCR test before arrival/boarding the flight to Israel, and taking a PCR test upon arrival in Israel.

All travelers arriving in Israel (Israeli and foreign travelers alike) are required to fill out the traveler arrival form within 48 hours before arrival / boarding the flight to Israel.

Furthermore, all travelers arriving in Israel (Israeli and foreign travelers alike) are required to stay in isolation until they test negative on the PCR test taken upon arrival in Israel / in Ben Gurion International Airport, or until 24 hours have passed (whichever is earliest).

B. ENTRY STATEMENT
48 hours prior to entry into Israel an entry statement should be completed.  

 

C. REGISTRATION – required in order to initiate the student arrival process

It is MANDATORY for each new and continuing/returning student/post-doctoral fellow (with the exception of Rothberg International School and Faculty of Agriculture students) to register in our pre-arrival website (contact intlsupport@savion.huji.ac.il for registration link).

Rothberg International School (RIS) students should contact Ms. Linda Lipstein, lindal@savion.huji.ac.il
Faculty of Agriculture students should contact Ms. Mahyan Gohn, visa.agri@mail.huji.ac.il

 

D. VISAS
In accordance with the new regulations, all new students are required to apply for an A2 Student Visa via the Israeli embassy/consulate nearest their place of residence.

Due to the dynamic situation, travel disruptions can be expected. We recommend not to book your flights until receipt of visa.

 

E. HEALTH INSURANCE

Health insurance with coverage for the treatment of COVID is required in order to enter Israel.

Therefore it is mandatory for all students to purchase health insurance with Covid-19 coverage. Information on health insurance procedures can be found here.

 

F. SELF-QUARANTINE

Travelers are required to stay in isolation until receipt of a negative result on the PCR test performed upon entry to Israel or for 24 hours, whichever is earlier. This guidance applies to all those entering Israel, including those who have not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID and those who have been vaccinated or recovered. Full details here.

Self-quarantine must be completed in a suitable location in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines, at home or an accommodation at your disposal which you will be required to declare when you arrive in Israel.

Students are not permitted to self-quarantine in their personal shared dorm apartments.

There are several options of university accommodation at various prices, offered depending on availability:

 

*Reisfeld Faculty Club, Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot

More Information: https://intschool.agri.huji.ac.il/reisfeld-residence

For prices, availability, and reservation: Reisfeld.Residence@mail.huji.ac.il

*Additionally, it is possible to self-quarantine off campus in Jerusalem in Airbnb, hotels, or hostels.

 

*Dan Hotels

Dan Hotels in Jerusalem offer discounted prices to the Hebrew University community.

Should you choose to quarantine in one of the following options, please contact Limore Choukroun before booking: intlsupport@savion.huji.il to receive the discounted prices.

Dan Hotel Jerusalem:

Dan Boutique Hotel:

*Please note that the University has no responsibility and makes no warranties concerning the services provided by the company. This information is provided to you as a courtesy only.

 

Developing Covid-19 Symptoms

Should students develop Covid-19 symptoms or receive a positive PCR result, please contact Office of Student Life Emergency Line: +972 (0)54 8820217

The University has designated Covid-19 contact persons in the case of queries and emergencies.

 

G. PRE-DEPARTURE PLANNING
Prior to travel, students are requested to review entry regulations, including online entry statement and PCR tests. Please see the current regulations here.

 

H. TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT

After taking a PCR test upon arriving Israel, it is possible to use public transportation, including domestic flights, in order to reach the isolation accommodation. 

 

I. GUIDANCE UPON ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL

  • Travelers are required by law to wear a facemask that covers the nose and mouth at the airport and aboard the aircraft.
  • Passengers must practice proper hygiene, which includes washing hands with sanitizers.

 

J. CONTACTS

Pre-arrival Support: Limore Choukroun, Email: intlsupport@savion.huji.ac.il

General Support: Maor Tirry, International Research Students Coordinator, Email: phdlife@savion.huji.ac.il

Visa Questions: Mr. Yehuda Hersch, Email:  intvisas@savion.huji.ac.il

Faculty of Agriculture (all administrative arrangements, including visas): Ms. Mahyan Gohn, visa.agri@mail.huji.ac.il

 

K. USEFUL WEBSITES

Due to the dynamic situation, students are responsible to stay updated on the travel regulations.

 

Visas and Government Permits

Visas

 

Before Arriving in Israel                             Visa extension

 

Health Insurance

All faculty members who do not have formal permanent residence, and all visitors, should purchase health insurance.
The University works with the Harel Yedidim health insurance. For faculty members, the insurance payments can be deducted from the salary. For arranging the insurance, please contact Mrs. Sima Avital at: simaa@savion.huji.ac.il. As for family members, a collective medical insurance is offered by Harel Yedidim, and should be purchased by the family members.

For information, please contact Harel-Yedidim, Y_health@yedidim.co.il.

Please see the attached application form for the insurance and its conditions and medical services:

 

Accommodation

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University Short Term Housing

HUJI has a few furnished apartments for singles and families at the Student Village dorms, close to the Mt. Scopus campus and in several other locations. Those apartments can be a good solution for those who choose to search for a rental apartment while already being in Israel. The number of apartments is limited and based on availability.


For checking the apartments availability, please contact Ilanit Tobby Alimi: ilanitt@savion.huji.ac.il


For a few more apartments in different locations, please contact Gal Lombrozo: Gallom@savion.huji.ac.il.

Off-Campus Housing

For assistance with finding suitable accommodation in Jerusalem, we suggest Trusted House - Off-campus housing solutions for international students and researchers in Jerusalem and Israel.

Please note that the University has no responsibility and makes no warranties concerning the services provided by the company and this information is provided to you as a courtesy only.

Another option is to search for an apartment in Jerusalem independently. Click here for tips how to do it.

Relocation Services

O.R.I – Relocation Services

O.R.I. offers various relocation solutions and logistic services: home finding, settling-in services, school search and registration, utilities connection etc.

O.R.I. is unique in its ability to provide a full “one-stop” relocation services, including all aspects and stages of the relocation process.

For more information, please visit their website and email to: info@ori-relocation.com.

 

Please note that the University has no responsibility and makes no warranties concerning the services provided by the company and this information is provided to you as a courtesy only.

 

 

Arrangements Upon Arrival

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Transportation from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem

 

Train

A new high-speed train from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has started operating in late 2018. The travel time between Ben Gurion Airport and Yitzhak Navon Station in central Jerusalem is just over 20 minutes.

See Israel Railways website
From the Yitzhak Navon Station you can either cross the road towards the International Convention Center (“Binyenei HaUma”) and take a bus to the center of town (the bus stops are on the road), or cross in the other direction, towards the Central Bus Station, and take a bus/light rail (both stop on the road) to the center of town.

 

 

Bus Number 485

Operated by Afikim Bus Company, the line travels between Ben-Gurion Airport and Jerusalem on an hourly basis, 24 hours a day, on Sunday-Thursday.

The line does not run during the Jewish Sabbath, and so on Friday the service stops around 14:00, and starts again on Saturday evening around 20:00 (depending on the season). In Ben-Gurion Airport, bus stops are located outside on the second level of Terminal 3 and at Terminal 1.

Ticket price: NIS 16 (Information is subject to changes)         

 

Shared Taxi (Sherut):

Nesher offers a 24-hour daily transportation service from Ben-Gurion Airport to your address in Jerusalem. Reservations are not necessary. The taxis (vans that take up to 10 passengers) are available outside of the G level of Terminal 3.

Price per passenger: NIS 64 (Information is subject to changes)     

There are several private taxis you can take from the airport to Jerusalem from the port gate.

   

 

You will have to take a taxi or other form of transportation once you arrive in Jerusalem, opposite the Central Bus Station, by the Binyanei Ha’uma International Convention Center.

 

Mount Scopus: Bus 68

Edmond J. Safra (Givat Ram) campus: Bus 68, 14, 66, 9

Ein Kerem medical campus (Hadassah): Take the light rail to the Mount Herzl station and transfer (free) to Bus 27 or Take the light rail to Jaffa center and switch to bus No. 19 from King George St.

Guatemala Apartments: Take the light rail to the Mount Herzl station and transfer (free) to bus 24, 35 or 10. Get off at the Kiryat Hayovel shopping center and head down Guatemala St. until you reach No. 11, where the Student Housing office is located.

Transportation within Jerusalem

Rav-Kav

Rav Kav transportation card (City Pass)

The Rav Kav transportation card is critical for getting around the country. The card is used on buses, trains, and the light rail in Jerusalem.

You can buy the Rav Kav card at the central bus station’s third floor, where the Rav Kav stand is located.

Money can then be loaded onto the Rav Kav at the same train and bus station locations where the card is purchased. Additionally, there are several places throughout the city where Rav-Kavs can be loaded. It is important to note that for the self-serve loading the instructions are in Hebrew, so it may be advisable to load the Rav Kav on your phone with the Rav Kav Online app. When loading your card, you can either add a certain amount of money or load a monthly pass.

 

You have to validate the card every time you board a bus/light rail, upon boarding it. After validating your card (and, by doing so, paying 5.90 NIS for the ride), you will have 90 minutes within which you can transfer to other bus lines/the light rail without paying again (but validating the card is still necessary!).

 

To check times and routes, you can use Google Maps, Waze and suchlike Apps, like Moovit.

 

Public mode of transportation in Jerusalem:

Buses: The “Egged” bus company operates all Jerusalem buses. Their buses are mostly green or silver-green. Egged operates a very large route network which is centered around the Jerusalem Central Bus Station and the center of town (the area around King George and Jaffa Streets). There is a large number of routes, which duplicate each other through the city center, but spread out when you get outside this area. The standard bus fare in Jerusalem is 5.90 NIS, and tickets can’t be purchased on the bus – see explanation about Rav-Kav card above.

For more information, see Egged bus company website.

Light Rail: The Jerusalem Light Rail (otherwise known as ‘the tram’) runs along one line between Mount Herzl and Pisgat Zeev. In order to use the light rail, you will need a Rav-Kav card – see explanation above.

For most people, the most useful stretch is the section that runs from the Central Bus Station to the Damascus Gate (of the Old City), through Mahane Yehuda, Davidka Square, Jaffa Street, and past City Hall. At its southern terminal at Mount Herzl, you are just a few minutes from “Yad Vashem” (Holocaust museum), which makes it a convenient way to get here.

 

HUJI Administrative Contact Person

Faculty Members

New faculty members should contact Ms. Limor levy, Coordinator for New Academic Staff - limorl@savion.huji.ac.il for academic and administrative issues.

Please check for more administrative information on the Academic Administration Unit website.

 

Faculty members and visiting researchers are encouraged to contact Ms. Gal Lombrozo, the International Researchers Coordinator, for any administrative assistance, non-academic issues and day life matters.  

 

 

Visiting Researchers

New visiting researchers should consult their host or secretary of department for academic and administrative issues.

Visitor Card - Please contact Ms. Gal Lombrozo, International Researchers Coordinator  Gallom@savion.huji.ac.il for issuing a Visitor Card.

Access to the university libraries and HUJImail – Please contact Ms. Rama Friedlander ramaf@savion.huji.ac.il for more information.

 

 

Local Bank Account

Researchers who receive stipends are required to open a bank account in Israel. Fellowships are paid in local currency (New Israeli Shekels – NIS).  In order to open a bank account, you will need the following:

  • Passport
  • Additional photo identification such as a driver's license
  • Student Card
  • Certificate of enrollment at the Hebrew University
  • Visa
  • Taxpaying information from home country (TIN, SSN, Numéro Fiscal)
  • Israeli cellphone number

Once you have opened an account, please contact your department secretary or financial director in order to arrange your stipend payments and any other financial issues.

 

Three branches of banks are known by us for having friendly staff, and are familiar with providing services for international customers:

Mount Scopus area:

The French Hill branch of Bank HaPoalim, 21 Haganah Street.

Givat Ram (Safra) and Ein Karem area:

The Beit HaKerem branch of Leumi Bank, 106 Herzl street.  

City center area:

The Shaarei Ha'ir branch of Leumi bank, 208 Jaffa Street.

 

Please note that the University has no responsibility and makes no warranties concerning the services provided by the bank and this information is provided to you as a courtesy only.

 

During Your Stay

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Social Activities

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We strive to offer our faculty members and researchers enriching cultural experience while being in Israel.

We arrange an activities focusing on Israeli society and culture, giving the opportunity to explore the variety of Israel.

The International Researchers Facebook group is a platform in which we publish more of Jerusalem’s events as well as important notices from the university.

 

Hebrew Classes

Subsidized Basic Hebrew Class

Each semester we open special Hebrew classes for research students.

This Hebrew course suitable for students with no prior knowledge of the Hebrew language and without any academic credits.

This course takes place twice a week, 2 hours each time, and required following its requirements.

There are limited spots and faculty members and visiting researchers will be allowed to take this course subject to availability.

 

Hebrew Ulpan

We offer our faculty members Hebrew lessons at the Rothberg International School (Ulpan) free of charge.

 For full details and registration, see the Hebrew Unit website.

 

Psychological Service

 

The Hebrew University Psychological Service offers psychological help and counseling to students, university staff and community members in distress.

The Service offers a high level professional service in the University environment.

The professional staff consists mainly of psychologists, but also includes several social workers and psychiatrists. Each team member specializes in one or more therapeutic domain.

In order to contact the psychological services, please click here.

 

 

Sport Facilities

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HUJI has two sport centers in Jerusalem: the Givat Ram Safra sport center, and the Mount Scopus Lerner sports center.

Benefit from new and advanced fitness sport complexes which includes fitness machines, a covered and heated swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball court, studio classes and more.

Applying for membership at the sport centers require a doctor’s certificate testifying that you are fit to work out in a gym.

Israeli Driver License

Driving in Israel without a valid driver's license is illegal. Both new immigrants and temporary residents may drive in Israel with a foreign or international driver's license for one year; thereafter, a local license is required. (However, if you entered Israel within 3 months prior to your Aliyah entry date, the year count will start from this entry date.)

You have up to three years to convert your license, without having to retake Driver’s classes. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles allows tourists in Israel for less than three continuous years to obtain an Israeli driver's license. A driving test is compulsory. (Note: the minimum age for obtaining a license is 17-1/2).

To apply for an Israeli license, go to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (Misrad Harishui) with your original driver's license and a photocopy, ID, and two passport photos. Fill out the application, receive authorization for conversion of a foreign license and a payment form (payments should be made at any post office).

You will have to go to a certified optometrist or optician to take an eye test (some do charge for this test, others do not); also, senior citizens (women over 60, men over 65) will be required to pass a medical examination.

You will then schedule and take the practical examination (bring all documentation with you at the time of the exam).

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles (Misrad Harishui) has two branch offices in Jerusalem:

• 1 Hatenufa St., Talpiot

• 97 Jaffa Road (Clal Center)

Tel: *5678 or 1-700-704370 (check opening times).

Any later change of name or address must be reported to one of these offices.

See the guide for a list of necessary steps in order to convert your driver’s license.

 

Family Members

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Volunteering

Jerusalem offers a number of excellent opportunities for individuals who wish to do volunteer work. Visitor, veteran resident, or new immigrant – your assistance will be welcome in any number of organizations around town, including old-age homes and centers for the disabled.

 

The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

The gardens are located on the southeastern edge of the Givat Ram campus, and featuring flora of various regions around the world.

Volunteers are helping with planting and fostering the plants and in the ongoing handling of the gardens.

 

Hadassah Hospitals

Hadassah Medical Center is an Israeli medical organization established in 1934 that operates two university hospitals at Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus as well as schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacology affiliated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Its declared mission is to extend a "hand to all, without regard for race, religion or ethnic origin."

The volunteering featured by working in a medical environment with varied patients. Please note that this type of work can be emotionally intensive and, in some cases, confronting.

 

Meir Panim

A non-profit organization, which gives free lunches for homeless people and weakened population.

The volunteers' work is on Sunday-Thursday (no weekends) between 11:15 to 13:30, helping to organize the dining room, the food, serving the food for the people and clean a little before closing.

 

 For assistance with volunteer placements, please contact Gal Lombrozo – Gallom@savion.huji.ac.il.

 

 

Free Courses

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HUJI is pleased to offer a wide range of academic courses in English at its faculties for “free-listeners” during the semester for free. Partners are welcome to register for 1-2 courses per semester.

The Hebrew University Magid Institute coordinates these courses.

The participation does not include exams and homework.

For more information and registration contact epeleg@magid.org.il.

Children

The University runs baby care facilities at all 4 campuses for babies between 2 and 10 months old.

The Hebrew University’s School of Education sponsors a pre-kindergarten (for ages 1-1/2-3), which serves as a model for the education of young children

 

Education is compulsory, and there is no tuition fee per se from pre-pre-Kindergarten through 10th grade (16 years). However, foreign residents are required to pay a nominal registration fee to the Municipality.

The Municipality provides the facilities and equipment, controls registration, and provides extracurricular activities in schools.

 

Contact the Parenting and Gender Unit for more information, questions about rights and obligations, consult regarding problems and file requests.   

For more information please check Nefesh B'Nefesh Website