Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

All Disciplines Distinguished Scholar Fellowship

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
13356-IS
Activity Type
Research
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Teaching
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
Teaching/Research
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Artists
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Professionals
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Up To
8
Award Start Period
October 2023
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March 2024
Award Length
4 months
Flex Option
No
Country
Israel
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities
Fulbright Scholar Program's primary purpose
In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
Award Activity

Fulbright Israel plans to award up to eight fellowships to senior faculty members, senior professionals, or to accomplished artists or writers for visits to Israeli institutions of higher education to be carried out during the 2023/24 academic year. The fellowship is open to all fields of study. Scholars’ proposed activities may include research, lecturing, or a combination of lecturing and research.

Per Fulbright Israel policy, candidates should take into account that host institutions are obliged to make a financial contribution of $2,000 to the United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), also known as Fulbright Israel, which is credited towards the overall grant benefits. The matter of this mandatory contribution should be raised in preliminary discussions with potential hosts and the commitment to provide the funds should be included in the letter of invitation.

Locations
Award must be undertaken at one of the following institutions
Locations Detail

Any accredited institution of higher education. For the complete list of such institutions, click here.

Award Length and Period

Four months

Grants can begin between the period October 2023 - March 1, 2024, as agreed upon with the host institution, and must end by June 30, 2024.

Special Features

During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars may apply for a short-term regional travel grant (five to 14 days) for participation in a variety of activities including faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, conferences, or some combination thereof. 

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

A letter of invitation from an accredited Israeli institution of higher education is required at the time of application. Each candidate is responsible for the arrangement of his/her institutional affiliations in Israel independently, including development of the work program for the proposed visit through contacts with possible host institutions. 

Per Fulbright Israel policy, host institutions are required to make a financial contribution of $2,000 to the United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), also known as Fulbright Israel, which is credited towards the overall grant benefits. The matter of this mandatory contribution should be raised in preliminary discussions with potential hosts and the commitment to provide the funds should be included in the letter of invitation.

Please contact the Fulbright program in Israel at USPrograms@fulbright.org.il for assistance with identifying suitable host contacts or any questions related to the financial commitment.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Qualification Information

At least seven years of experience in a discipline or area of expertise by application deadline.

Assistant Professor or higher academic rank (or equivalent professional standing) is required.

For Tel Aviv University, Associate Professor or higher academic rank (or equivalent professional standing) is required. The Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies will be the official host of the fellow and the contact at the university, while the hosting academic unit is responsible for providing office and/or laboratory space.

Award Allowances

Monthly stipend, payable in U.S. dollars: $6,000/month.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Reimbursement of airfare expenses (U.S. – Israel, under the Fly America act).

Additional Dependent Benefits

Additional $500/month for grantees accompanied by one dependent, and $1,000/month for grantees accompanied by two or more dependents.

Reimbursement of airfare expenses (U.S. – Israel, under the Fly America act) for spouse.

Partial reimbursement of education expenses and fees for up to two accompanying dependents in grades K-12.

 

Special Award Benefits
  • Limited accident and medical coverage for the grantee only  
  • Mandatory attendance at arrival orientation
  • Opportunities to participate in multiple cultural and academic events organized by Fulbright Israel  

Israel

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The United States–Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), also known as Fulbright Israel, was established in 1956 by the governments of the United States and Israel to administer the Fulbright Program in Israel. USIEF is funded by the United States and Israeli Governments and is governed by a binational Board of Directors. The Foundation aims to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Israel by means of student and faculty exchanges at the highest possible level of academic excellence. USIEF offers a variety of fellowships and opportunities for research, teaching and a combination of both in Israel. Israel is a unique destination for research and professional development and serves as a hub for academic exellence, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Erika Tritle, Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2020, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev indicated that "a postdoc in Israel combines access to world-class scholars and academic resources with the amazing experience of living in one of the most fascinating and historically-rich regions of the world. My family and I have been grateful to meet so many people who are willing to invite us into their lives here. The Fulbright staff have helped at every stage with logistics, questions, connections, and providing opportunities to encounter Israel beyond the tourist’s surface."

Paul Sharp, Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow 2021-2023 at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, commented that, “My experience as a postdoc in Israel has exceeded my expectations. Working with unparalleled leaders in my field at Hebrew University, along with a welcoming and ambitious community of students, has created the conditions for my scientific creativity to reach new heights. I truly feel this is an inimitable training opportunity that positions me to attain a tenure-track position at a top department in the near future. Additionally, the Fulbright staff have been beyond supportive, making my transition to living in Israel a truly enjoyable experience."

Thomas Prendergast, Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow 2020-2022 at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem shared, "Israel offers world-class research support. Living in Jerusalem, I benefit from easy access to the National Library of Israel and Hebrew University Library system, and therefore have nearly every book and article I could possibly need right at my fingertips. As a scholar in the humanities working toward converting my dissertation into a book manuscript, I very much appreciate such easy access to library resources. There are also myriad opportunities to establish academic and personal connections with faculty at local universities and other visiting postdoctoral fellows. With the help of the Fulbright team and the International Office at my host university, I was able to successfully navigate the entry restrictions brought about by the Covid crisis and enjoy my time in the country with relatively few challenges."

Helpful links:

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