The Israel Institute, through its Public Discourse Events Program, co-sponsors and provides grants for academic conferences, lectures or lecture series, and workshops devoted to Israel Studies and the study of the modern state of Israel. We support public events of various formats and on a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to, modern Israeli history, sociology, politics, economics, law, and environment.


Grant awards are up to $5,000, and the application deadlines for this program are August 1, 2017 and November 1, 2017

Grants can be provided for specific conference projects only; they cannot be offered as general support. Public discourse events to be funded must be of limited duration, have a clearly defined goal pertaining to Israel Studies or the study of modern Israel, and, as a general rule, must be carried out within the applicable academic year.


Accredited higher education institutions are invited to apply for this grant as well as independent think tanks or research institutions.


To be considered for a conference and/or workshop grant, please apply using our online application system. The online application requires a written proposal, containing multiple elements:

  1. Contact: The name, postal address, phone number, and the email address for the main contact for this project at your organization.
  2. Background: Describe the name, background, and exigency for the conference/workshop.
  3. Purpose: Articulate an explicit goal or purpose of the conference.
  4. Organizer: Provide information about the host, sponsors, and location.
  5. Date and Location: Describe where and when the conference will occur. 
  6. Experts: Include a list and description of the panelists, presenters, and experts.
  7. Audience: If the program will include others in addition to the experts describe how many and what kind of people will attend.
  8. Budget: A detailed budget describing how you plan to use the grant.

NOTE: Please include your full name on all documents you upload with your application.




Dr. Ilai Saltzman, Associate Director of Academic Programs, at isaltzman@israelinstitute.org (located in the United States)

Ms. Jill Wyler, Program Coordinator, at jwyler@israelinstitute.org (located in Israel)