Fulbright Postdoctoral Award

Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Haifa

Application Deadline
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
August 2023 - April 2024
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

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 may 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 welcomes applications from innovative U.S. postdoctoral scholars who seek to conduct research at the University of Haifa. Grants are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support research programs in Israel for up to 20 months (two academic years).

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

Research activity will take place at the University of Haifa. Established in 1972, the University of Haifa is an academic institution whose initial and central function is to carry out excellent academic teaching and research. The academic excellence is showcased in many various interdisciplinary and international programs and by means of collaborations with academic institutions around the world. 

Award Length and Period

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

Grants may begin any time during the period of August 2023 to April 2024, as agreed upon with the host institution.

Special Features

During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in Israel 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 a host at the University of Haifa 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

Candidates who have begun their postdoctoral work in Israel prior to applying are not eligible to apply.

To be eligible for a Fulbright fellowship beginning in August 2023, candidates must have received their Ph.D. degrees no earlier than August 2018. Degree conferment before the start of the award is mandatory. Institutional affiliation in the U.S. is not required. 

Award Allowances

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

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee
  • Reimbursement of airfare expenses (U.S. – Israel, under the Fly America act).
  • Additional relocation funding of up to $8,000 relocation reimbursement granted by Haifa University.



Additional Dependent Benefits
  • 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.

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

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

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


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."

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