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Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship

The Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship supports multi-year academic exchange of Israeli scholars at American colleges and universities.
Period of Placement

Academic Year 2024-2025


September 14, 2023

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The Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship connects American colleges and universities interested in international exchange with Israeli scholars. The universities determine salaries, benefits, and whom they will hire. The Institute helps offset costs and recruits Israeli scholars. Fellows typically stay at their placement for three years, though in certain cases a renewal can be considered.

  • Eligibility
  • Program Requirements
  • How to Apply

The Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship is open to Israeli scholars with strong English skills who are willing to commit to three-year placements at colleges and universities in the United States.

Applicants must have a fully conferred doctoral degree prior to the first day of employment (usually September 1) and have expertise in modern Israel as demonstrated by a dissertation or at least two peer-reviewed publications about modern Israel.

This program is for people seeking full-time, multi-year positions at American universities. This is a selective program; the Israel Institute does not guarantee placement to those who apply.

If hired by a university, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows teach at least four courses a year, at least three of which focus on modern Israel.

Courses may be in any discipline but, to be considered an Israel-focused course, at least sixty percent of the topics and readings must be about modern Israel. Courses must be offered at the undergraduate level, taught in person, and last an entire semester or quarter (at least 10 weeks). Israeli Teaching Exchange Fellowships do not support graduate, online, summer, or intensive courses.

Fellows also participate in four events about modern Israel each year. These events may be public or academic but occur outside the classroom.

Fellows are not employees of the Israel Institute and must coordinate hiring with a university. Postdocs 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.

Online Application
While working on an application, you may leave and come back. The application asks questions about you, your education, and your teaching experience. The application also requires:

  • A high-resolution headshot (300 ppi);
  • A short bio;
  • An academic curriculum vitae (CV);
  • Your dissertation abstract in English;
  • A list of courses you have taught or could teach about Israel; and
  • Two course outlines.

You will be asked to select two courses from a list that we will provide and, for each course, provide a course description and ten specific topics you would cover if you were to teach the course.

Meet the Fellows

Find out who has participated in our Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship and where they have been hired.
Grant Recipients

Being a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at an elite American university enabled me to build relationships with other scholars and a network of connections that I can work with in the future.”

David Barak-Gorodetsky
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago
Director, Ruderman MA Program for American Jewish History, University of Haifa

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