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Honors Symposium

The Honors Symposium is a selective multi-day enrichment program for undergraduate students interested in Israel and the Middle East.
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The Honors Symposium is for undergraduates considering graduate school in the social sciences and humanities.

The program is designed to give students a taste of graduate school by exposing them to dynamic seminars and cutting-edge research in Israel Studies.

Participants also learn about how to select, apply to, and gain admission to top doctoral programs.

At the end of the symposium, students leave with an insider’s understanding of contemporary issues in Israeli politics and society as well as strategic advice about how to pursue an academic career.

  • Eligibility
  • Workshop Logistics
  • How to Apply

Top university sophomores, juniors, and seniors from American universities who are open to or considering graduate school are encouraged to apply.

Students do not need to be committed to graduate education in Israel Studies, only open to considering it.

Students who have applied to or been accepted to graduate programs are not eligible for this program.

Honors Symposium is an intense, hands-on, in-person workshop. It includes an overnight in a hotel.

The Institute covers economy transportation to and from the venue within North America, plus lodging, and food during the workshop. Participants must fully be vaccinated for COVID-19.

To be considered for Honors Symposium, you must complete the online application that asks questions about you, your current education, and your future plans. In addition, you will be asked to provide:

  • A high-resolution headshot (300 ppi);
  • A short bio; and
  • A resume.

Following the application deadline, the Institute will contact you if you are accepted into the program.

Honors Symposium Participants

Previous participants have come to Honors Symposium from universities across the United States and span a wide range of academic majors.