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Israel Studies Teaching Supplement

The Israel Studies Teaching Supplement supports teaching about Israel by Israeli doctoral students, postdocs, spousal appointments, independent scholars or other Israeli academics who already live in the United States and who have unfunded/underfunded research appointments.
Period of Placement

Spring 2025


August 6, 2024

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Israeli scholars located in the United States may apply for up to $10,000 per semester-long course ($8,000 per 10-week quarter) to support teaching of full-term, in-person, undergraduate courses about Israel.

  • Eligibility
  • Program Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Invitation

The Israel Studies Teaching Supplement program is open to Israeli scholars with strong English skills and the ability to teach undergraduate courses about modern Israel to students in the United States.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree or be currently enrolled in a doctoral program AND have an invitation to teach full-term, undergraduate, in-person courses about Israel at a college or university in the United States.

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

Scholars 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. Courses must be listed at the undergraduate level, taught in person, and last an entire semester or quarter (10-week minimum).

Israel Studies Teaching Supplements do not support graduate, online, or intensive 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 Israel Studies Teaching Supplement program is to find a school in the United States interested in hosting you and offering an undergraduate course about modern Israel.

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

Once you click on the “Apply Now” button below, please make sure you select the correct program and application that corresponds to the correct semester in which your course will run.

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(s).

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 and term of the Israel-focused course the applicant will teach;
  • Certification that the course will be a full-term, minimum three-credit, in-person, undergraduate class;
  • 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

Zion Evrony

International Relations
Catholic University of America

Zion Evrony is a retired diplomat and academic with over forty years of experience and a broad knowledge of global strategic issues, the Middle East, Israel, Iran, human rights, the Vatican, and Jewish-Christian relations. Past posts include Ambassador to the Vatican, Ambassador to Ireland, Consul General in Houston, and Head of the Policy Planning Bureau of Israel’s Foreign Ministry. He edited “Jewish-Catholic Dialogue: Nostra Aetate, 50 Years On” (Urbaniana University Press, 2016). Ambassador Evrony received his Ph.D. from Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1989).

Charles Freilich

Political Science
Tufts University

Charles Freilich is a long-time senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center. His areas of scholarly interest are Israeli national security strategy and decision-making. He previously taught political science at Harvard, Columbia, NYU and Tel Aviv University. Professor Freilich is a frequent commentator on US-Middle east policy, especially US-Israel relations, and Middle Eastern affairs generally. He is the author of, “Zion’s Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy” (Cornell Press 2012), “Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change” (Oxford Press 2018), and “Israel and the Cyber Threat: How the Startup Nation Became a Global Cyber Power” (forthcoming). Professor Freilich received his Ph.D. from Columbia University (1992).

Elai Rettig

Political Science
Washington University in St. Louis

Elai Rettig, currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University, taught an Israel Studies Teaching Supplement at Washington University in St. Louis, where he previously also served as a teaching fellow. He specializes in energy security and energy geopolitics in Israel and the Middle East. Dr. Rettig examines the use of energy resources as a foreign policy tool and their effect on regional cooperation and conflict. He has previously taught at Rice University and was a Research Fellow at the Haifa Research Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy and the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). Dr. Rettig received his Ph.D. from the University of Haifa (2019).

Meir Elran

Political Science
University of Chicago

Meir Elran is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Homeland Security Program at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Elran is also the Founder and Head of the MA program for national security with the Department of Public Policy at Sapir Academic College. His main academic interest is societal resilience in the context of protracted terrorism against Israel. He has published numerous papers on these subjects and edited several memoranda and volumes, among these: The Second Lebanon War: Strategic Perspectives (with Shlomo Brom, published by Yediot Ahronot and INSS in 2007); Societal Resilience (with Alexander McLellan, published in 2012 by the Homeland Security and Analysis Institute in the US); and The IDF Strategy in the Perspective of National Security (with Siboni and Michael, published in 2016 by INSS). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Haifa (2017).

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