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Invite a Visiting Faculty Member

The Israel Institute provides funding to support universities interested in inviting Israeli scholars.

Program Overview

Scholars must have full-time positions at Israeli colleges/universities and teach one course about modern Israel in each term.

Host schools must provide an on-campus office, sponsor the visitor’s visa, and work to ensure robust enrollment in the courses.

Priority is given to schools that partner with us in defraying the cost of the visitor.

Program Requirements

Invited faculty must be eligible for this program and meet the teaching requirements.

Faculty Eligibility
  • Invited Faculty must have a full-time appointment at an Israeli college or university (or be emeritus).
Course Requirements
  • Invited faculty members must teach at least one undergraduate, Israel-focused course in each semester/quarter of the placement.
  • Courses may be in any discipline, but to be considered Israel-focused at least sixty percent of the topics and readings must be about modern Israel.
  • Courses must be listed at the undergraduate level, taught in person, and last an entire semester or quarter (10-week minimum).
  • Visiting Faculty grants do not support graduate, online, summer, or intensive courses.


Grants support costs associated with inviting a visitor. Institute grants can be paid directly to the visitor or to the host school. Grants amounts depend on the arrangement with the school.

Israel Institute grants do not pay for college/university administrative costs, fees, overhead, or indirect costs.

Inviting a Visitor

When inviting an Israeli scholar to your school we will need a formal invitation on university letterhead.

Please make sure your invitation contains the following guarantees:

  • To offer at least one full-term, three-credit, in-person undergraduate course that the Visiting Faculty member will teach about modern Israel in each semester/quarter of the placement;
  • To provide the Visiting Faculty member with an on-campus office (shared is fine);
  • To sponsor the visa for the Visiting Faculty member; and
  • To make an effort to ensure robust enrollment, including ensuring that courses are cross-listed and/or meet major/minor/general education requirements.

Download a customizable template for a university invitation.

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