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International Courses

The International Courses Program supports individual classes about modern Israel at colleges and universities outside the United States, Canada, and Israel.
Period of Placement

First class at least 5 months from today

Deadline

Rolling applications

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Courses supported by this grant may be intensive or span a full semester but must be for-credit and include a minimum of 30 classroom hours over at least 10 distinct days of instruction. Grant amounts are $10,000 per class for courses in countries that are members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) & $12,000 per course in nonmember countries.

Preference is given to applicants who have invitations to teach at public universities.

  • Eligibility
  • Program Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Invitation

Applicants must have a fully completed doctoral degree and a full-time position (or be emeritus) at an Israeli college or university.

Applicants must have an invitation to teach courses about modern Israel at colleges and universities outside of North America and Israel.

This is a selective program; the Israel Institute does not guarantee placement to those who apply.

Faculty members must teach courses that are focused on Israel. 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.

Proposed courses must be offered at the undergraduate level, take place in person, meet on at least 10 distinct days, contain at least 30 classroom hours, and be for credit. Grants do not support graduate or online courses.

Grant recipients are not employees of the Israel Institute and must coordinate hiring with a university. Grant recipients should plan to cover their own expenses including, but not limited to, living expenses, taxes, health insurance, travel expenses, bench fees, etc.

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

Finding a school
The first step in seeking a grant through the International Courses program is to find a school outside of the United States, Canada, and Israel interested in hosting you and running an undergraduate course about modern Israel.

We prioritize applicants who have invitations from universities that are NOT member states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

You may start your application before you have an invitation, but you will need a formal invitation from the school before submitting your application.

Online Application
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but you must submit your application at least five months before the first day of class.

The application asks questions about you, the host university, and your proposed course.

The application also requires:

  • A high-resolution headshot (300 ppi);
  • A short bio;
  • An academic curriculum vitae (CV);
  • The title, course description, and a list of ten topics you will cover in the course you propose to teach; and
  • An invitation from a host university.

Invitation requirements
Invitations should be on university letterhead and include the following information:

  •  The name of the Israel-focused course the applicant will teach;
  • The dates the host school will offer the class, the number of days the class will meet, and the total contact hours for the class;
  • Certification that the course will be offered for credit, in person, and at the undergraduate level;
  • A promise to sponsor a faculty visa if necessary; and
  • A promise to make an effort to ensure robust enrollment.

Scholars need a formal invitation before grants are awarded.

Download a customizable template for a university invitation.

Meet Some Grant Recipients

Anita Shapira

Israeli Society: Between Independence and Six-Day-War
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Anita Shapira is Professor Emerita in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University as well as the Founder of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies. An author of several noted biography, she is the 2008 Israel Prize for Jewish History laureate and a winner of the National Jewish Book Award for her book “Israel: A History.”

Avi Shilon

The Israeli Case in the Middle East: Politics, Society and International Relations
Tsinghua University, China

Avi Shilon is a historian and political scientist who was previously an Israel Institute Teaching Exchange Fellow at New York University and a postdoctoral fellow at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has authored biographies about David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin.

Iris Canor

Israeli Constitutional Law and European Constitutional Law Compared
The University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Iris Canor is a professor at the Zefat Academic College, specializing in public international law and private international law, she also holds senior research positions at the Max-Planck Institute of Public International Law (Heidelberg) and serves as an adjunct professor at Europa-Institute, Germany and at Tel Aviv University.

Esther Lopatin

The EU, Israel, and the Middle East
Sciences Po, France

Esther Lopatin is the Director of the Center for European Studies and holds the Jolanda Noe Chair for European Integration at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya. She specializes in EU politics, international relations theory, and immigration.

Dima Adamsky

Strategic Issues in Israeli National Security Policy
Vytauto Didziojo Universitetas, Lithuania

Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky is Associate Professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya, and Head of the BA Honors Track in Strategy and Decision Making. His research interests include international security, strategic studies, cultural approach to IR, modern military thought, nuclear strategy, American, Russian and Israeli national security policy.

Menachem Hofnung

Israeli Democracy: Politics, Institutions and Society
Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

Menachem Hofnung teaches in the Department of Political Science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a former President of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS). His research covers national security and civil liberties, constitutional politics, and comparative political finance.

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