The Israel Institute helps universities and scholars meet today’s growing interest in Israel Studies by providing teaching and research resources that will broaden the field and make Israel Studies less reliant on other disciplines. These programs, all geared to professors and students, encourage new scholarship, lead to the development of new courses, and expand learning opportunities.

Programs

Teaching Programs

Our Visiting Professor and Faculty Fellow Programs bring Israeli academics to universities in the United States and Europe to teach about modern Israel.

We offer grants to permanent faculty members to help them add Israel-focused courses to their teaching portfolios.

The Teaching Fellow Program is a multi-year teaching placement for academics, of various ranks and nationalities, with the interest and expertise to teach about modern Israel.

Our International Short Course Grant Program supports courses about modern Israel at top-ranked colleges and universities outside the United States and Israel that that do not have resident Israel Studies experts.

Research and Other Grants

Post-Doctoral Research Grants: We offer grants to recent Ph.D.s conducting substantive research about modern Israel.

Faculty Research Grants: We offer research grants to senior scholars who conduct substantive research about modern Israel.

Post-Doctoral Placements in the UNITED STATES: We offer post-doctoral fellowships to recent Ph.D.s who are committed to a career in Israel Studies based in the United States.

Post-Doctoral Placements in ISRAEL: In partnership with the Fulbright Program, we offer qualified American scholars post-doctoral placements in Israel.

We offer fellowships to Ph.D. candidates who are researching and writing their dissertations on Israel-focused topics and planning a career in Israel Studies.

The Institute subsidizes works on modern Israel that have been accepted for publication by an academic press.

The Israel Institute co-sponsors and provides grants for academic conferences, lectures or lecture series, and workshops on a wide variety of topics related to modern Israel.

Beyond the Books: Grantee Spotlight

Lior Libman, Ph.D.
2017-2018 Supported Faculty, Binghamton University
Q:
You recently co-taught a class on gender at University College London. Could you describe this class?
A:

I was teaching "Rattling the Gender Agenda: Feminist Issues in Israeli Women's Writings," a course designed by Dr. Tsila Ratner, my co-instructor. The position of women has been the subject of Jewish and Israeli women writers since the emergence of modern Hebrew literature. Although marginalized in the literary canon until the 1980s, women writers have provided sharp critiques and insights into women's lives and the social order that governs them. Israeli feminist critics, like their counterparts elsewhere, expose and question the mechanisms of political/social powers and the way in which they construct gender identities. In Israel, feminists face unique challenges combating gender bias and inequality amidst war threats, heightened militarism, and deepening religiousness. We focused on this nexus of women, nation, and conflict, and also explored the Israeli context of issues such as the position of women in the family, women's coming-of-age narratives, and voices of Orthodox women.

Amb. Zion Evrony, Ph.D.
2017-2018 Visiting Professor, The Catholic University of America
Q:
Could you describe your course on Jewish-Christian relations? How would you characterize Jewish-Christian relations today?
A:

The class I teach is titled "Jewish-Christian Relations." In class, I emphasize the importance of interfaith dialogue, learning about "the other," and religious tolerance. I took students to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum and they attended a Friday night service at the synagogue Ohev Shalom. I also organized a dialogue between a priest and a rabbi.

The relationship today between the Jewish people and the Catholic Church is excellent. It is warm and friendly, maybe the best in 2,000 years. Pope Francis is a great friend of the Jewish people. He has spoken many times against anti-Semitism and has welcomed to the Vatican and met many Jewish groups.