Israel Higher Education Council Launches International Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme

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New Delhi: An international postdoctoral research fellowship programme has been launched by the Council for Higher Education in Israel and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. With the programme, postdoctoral research fellows can engage in innovative research in Israel-based universities.

During the fellowship, researchers will have to participate in several activities, including day trips, seminars, workshops and social events.

The fellowship will be awarded to as many as 20 incoming postdoctorate students. Among these, at least 15 fellowships will be allocated in sciences, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and the rest five will be allocated to the humanities and the social sciences streams. According to The Indian Express report, the fellowships will be awarded for two years for 160,000 NIS (approx. Rs 34.67 lakh).

To apply, the applicant must be an international candidate with a Ph.D from a recognised higher education institution outside of Israel less than four years from the time of application, or who will receive a Ph.D from a recognised higher education institution outside of Israel prior to the commencement of the fellowship.

Moreover, the applicant must also have been accepted to a postdoctoral position under the supervision of a faculty member at one of the following Israeli universities — Ariel University, Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Open University of Israel, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa, Weizmann Institute of Science.

Candidates are required to directly apply to their host universities. The host universities will then conduct an internal evaluation process and submit shortlisted candidates to the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Applications to the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities will only be accepted from the participating universities and the fellowship awardees will be notified by May 2021.

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