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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


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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

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. She specializes in the history of Zionism, the Jewish community in Palestine and the state of Israel, with an emphasis on cultural, social and intellectual history. She has published numerous books and articles, among them Berl Katznelson, A Biography of a Socialist Zionist (1984), Land and Power, The Zionist Resort to Force, 1881-1948 (1992), Yigal Allon, Native Son (2008), and Israel – A History (2013). Her newest books include, Ben Gurion: The Founder of Modern Israel (2014) and Yosef Hiam Brenner: A Life (2014). Professor Shapira is the 2008 Israel Prize for Jewish History laureate and a winner of the National Jewish Book Award for her book “Israel: A History.” She received her Ph.D., summa cum laude, in History and Jewish History from Tel Aviv University.

Ben Mor

Tsinghua University, China

Ben Mor is an Associate Professor in the Division of International Relation of the School of Political Sciences at the University of Haifa. He specializes in IR theory, crisis theory, public diplomacy, Israeli decision-making, and foreign policy. He received his PhD from New York University.

Iris Canor

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. I am also teaching as an adjunct professor at
Europa-Institute, Germany and at Tel-Aviv University, Israel. She 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. Her publications focus on European law, Israeli public law, transnational law, and international human rights.

Esther Lopatin

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 received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich in 2004 for which she obtained a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). From 2005 until 2010 she was a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University’s Political Science Department, teaching courses on EU politics and International Relations Theory and serving as a visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University (between 2005 to 2007). She worked as a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Washington DC, where she provided policy advice on immigration and border security issues (2003-2004).

Dima Adamsky

Vytauto Didziojo Universitetas, Lithuania

Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky is Associate Professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya, and is a Head of the BA Honors Track in Strategy and Decision Making. He has previously been a pre- and post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University; a visiting fellow at the Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University; and at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies. His research interests include international security, strategic studies, cultural approach to IR, modern military thought, nuclear strategy, American, Russian and Israeli national security policy. He has published on these topics in Foreign Affairs, Journal of Strategic Studies, Intelligence and National Security, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Journal of Cold War History, Defense and Security Studies and has contributed chapters to edited volumes and encyclopedias on modern military and international history. His books Operation Kavkaz (Hebrew) and The Culture of Military Innovation (English/Hebrew) have earned prizes for the best academic works on Israeli security.

Menachem Hofnung

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

Menachem Hofnung teaches in the Department of Political Science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Professor Hofnung has previously been President of the Israeli Law and Society Association (2007-2010), Chair of the International Political Science Association Research Committee on Political Finance (2006-2009), President of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS) (2013-2015), and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2015-17). His research covers national security and civil liberties, constitutional politics, and comparative political finance. Professor Hofnung is one of the editors of the Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society (Oxford University Press, 2021). He received his Ph.D. from Hebrew University in Jerusalem 1990.

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