Honors Symposium


The Honors Symposium identifies top university sophomores, juniors, and seniors and gives them access to cutting-edge scholarship in the field of Israel Studies, an insiders’ understanding of graduate work, and strategic advice about how pursue an academic career.

This prestigious and selective three-day program includes an opportunity to meet leading researchers in small group settings, attend stimulating lectures and seminars, and learn how to find and apply to leading graduate programs all while networking with other outstanding students. The program is held in January of each year in the suburbs of New York City.


This program is open to:

  • University sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the United States who are considering graduate work related to the modern state of Israel.


The next Honors Symposium workshop will take place on January 9-11, 2019. The program starts in the afternoon on the 9th and runs through mid-day on the 11th. The Institute covers economy transportation to and from the workshop within the United States, lodging, and food during the workshop.


Please follow the link to our online application form. Applications are due annually by October 30th.


To be considered for participation in the Honors Symposium, please submit the following materials:

  1. Our online application;
  2. A resume;
  3. One letter of nomination/recommendation from a professor who teaches about the Middle East or Israel; and
  4. A one-page (500 words max.) statement that describes why you are considering graduate work in modern Israel and what you might want to study.

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

Participation in this symposium is competitive. Following the application deadline, the Institute will contact you if you are accepted into the program.