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.


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 that enable tenured faculty at select universities in the United States who have not taught about Israel before to develop new courses on modern Israel. 

Our Visiting Faculty in China program brings both Hebrew teachers and junior and senior academics in the field of Israel Studies to Beijing, China.

The Teaching Fellow Program is for scholars of any nationality and rank with strong expertise in modern Israel who are free to be placed by the Israel Institute at colleges and universities in the United States.

The Israel Institute’s International 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. 

We offer fellowships to Ph.D. students at leading institutions who have completed their coursework, passed their comprehensive exams, are researching and writing their dissertations on an Israel-focused topic, and plan a career in Israel Studies outside of Israel.


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


Ned Lazarus
2016-2017 Teaching Fellow, George Washington University
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict galvanizes academics and activists alike; however, from an outside perspective, peace building efforts seem to have little effect on such an intractable conflict. What inspires you to research and teach on the Conflict?

Through my research, I have been privileged to meet hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians who strive to humanize perceptions of the other and advocate for nonviolence, to end the occupation and challenge the separate, hostile and unequal status quo that prevails between their societies, to build foundations for a more just and peaceful future -  so I never lack for inspiration. It's undeniable that during the two decades I've spent on this work, conflict dynamics have gone from bad to worse, and civil society efforts rarely reached the scale necessary to influence macro-political discourse and policy outcomes. At the same time, I have witnessed countless examples of profound change at interpersonal, local and communal levels and sometimes more. The field of civil society peace and conflict resolution is more active, diverse, reflective and resilient than is commonly recognized; today's initiatives often integrate peacebuilding content into areas of clear mutual interest - economic development, emergency response, energy, environmental protection, health, medicine, science and technology among other fields, alongside the classic approaches of advocacy, dialogue, education, track two diplomacy and nonviolent protest. Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding efforts have produced innovative models - for bilingual, dual-narrative education and environmental peacebuilding, among other examples - that can offer inspiration for societies in conflict around the world.