Fulbright Postdoctoral Award

Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History


Application Deadline
Sunday, September 15, 2024
Award Code
Activity Type
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.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.

Number of recipients

Up To
Award Start Period
July 2025 - May 2026
Award Length
10 months or 20 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Award Activity

Fulbright Israel welcomes applications from innovative U.S. postdoctoral scholars who seek to conduct their research at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History at Tel Aviv University for up to 20 months (two academic years). 

We seek post-doctoral fellows who conduct multidisciplinary biodiversity research in the broad sense, including systematics, ecology, paleoecology, biogeography, conservation sciences, and citizen science.

Each candidate is responsible for the arrangement of the institutional affiliations independently, including development of the research program for the proposed visit. Based on Fulbright Israel policy, selected Fulbright postdoctoral fellows must hold official postdoctoral fellow status at their host institutions in Israel, including access to campus resources. 

Please contact the Fulbright Israel office at USPrograms@fulbright.org.il with any questions and/or assistance with identifying suitable contacts.

Location Selection: Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Locations Detail

The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History is Israel’s National Center for Biodiversity Studies. The museum presents Israel’s national treasures of nature, selected from a scientific collection of five and a half million items.

The mission of the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History at Tel Aviv University is to inspire acquisition of knowledge, to promote understanding, and to reinforce our bonds with nature and our place within it – for the benefit of future generations.

The museum reveals scientific knowledge from research taking place within the museum itself and unique perspectives in an experiential, multi-sensory and enjoyable way, creating a special closeness and interaction with nature that cannot be experienced anywhere else.

Award Length and Period

Up to two academic years, minimum of one academic year.

Grants may begin any time during the period of July 2025 to May 2026, as agreed upon with the host institution.

Areas of Interest

Fulbright Israel welcomes applications from innovative U.S. postdoctoral scholars who seek to conduct their research at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History at Tel Aviv University for up to 20 months (two academic years). 

We seek post-doctoral fellows who conduct multidisciplinary biodiversity research in the broad sense, including systematics, ecology, paleoecology, biogeography, conservation sciences, and citizen science.


All applicants must meet the Program eligibility requirements (click to review the requirements).

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Not applicable – all U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, regardless of dual citizenship or residency.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

A letter of invitation from a host is required. Please contact the Fulbright program in Israel at USPrograms@fulbright.org.il for assistance with identifying suitable host contacts.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient
Additional Qualification Information

To be eligible for a Fulbright fellowship beginning in July 2025, candidates must have received their Ph.D. degrees no earlier than July 2020. Degree conferment before the start of the award is mandatory. Institutional affiliation in the U.S. is not required. 

Additional Comments

Applicants might be invited for a Zoom interview with a Fulbright commission. 

Award Allowances

$95,000 ($47,500 per academic year for two years).

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Reimbursement of up to $1,700 for airfare expenses for Fulbright fellows (and spouses)- (U.S. – Israel).

Do you offer additional dependent benefits
  • Reimbursement of up to $1,700 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.

• Fulbright Israel-sponsored arrival orientation.

• Opportunities to participate in multiple cultural and academic events organized by Fulbright 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 home to some of the world’s best academic institutions with high-ranking universities and research institutes leading in fields such as History & Archaeology, Cyber & Computer Science, Theology & Religious Studies, Policy, Diplomacy & Security Studies and many more. Israel is a unique destination for research and professional development and serves as a hub for academic excellence, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Roie Levin, Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow 2022-2023, at Tel Aviv University:  "The Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship was an extraordinary experience. I had the chance to work with world experts in my field and to do so while living in Tel Aviv, one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. I was extremely well-positioned to apply for academic positions after my program. The Fulbright staff was outstanding in every regard: they organized interdisciplinary workshops, planned cultural trips, and generally helped visiting scholars with the transition to living in Israel. I would be remiss not to mention how especially supportive they were in the chaotic aftermath of the October 7th attack."

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."

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