Faculty Development Grants


The Israel Institute offers grants to tenured faculty members to help them add Israel-focused courses to their teaching portfolios. The purpose of this program is to assist professors who have the interest and desire, but not yet the expertise, to teach courses about modern Israel. Faculty Development grants afford select scholars the opportunity to conduct research, travel to Israel, hone language skills, or pursue any other activity that would be conducive to developing and teaching Israel Studies courses.


This program is open to tenured and tenure-track professors who have not previously taught a course about Israel and who specialize in a subject applicable to Israel Studies, broadly defined. Previous grant recipients have developed courses in history, literature, security studies, peace and conflict studies, theater and dance, and more.


Grant amounts will be determined based on an assessment of successful applicants’ proposed agendas and budgets. Successful proposals will clearly explain how the work undertaken through the grant will result in ongoing course content. The proposals will be vetted by an independent committee of Israel Studies scholars who will determine the awards, and awards will be contingent upon a letter from a dean or department chair certifying that the faculty member will teach an Israel-related course as part of a regular teaching rotation.

Grant RECIPIENT Commitments

Faculty Development grant recipients must agree to:


  1. Offer your new course regularly;
  2. Within one year of receiving the Grant, send to the Institute the final syllabus that you develop;
  3. Regularly report to the Institute when you offer the class and how many people enroll;
  4. Remain a member in good standing of the faculty at your University;
  5. Allow the Institute to use your name, photo, biography, and short description of your proposed course on our website and in publicity materials;
  6. Disclose additional sources of funding for this projectand
  7. Comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, and your University rules and policies during the Grant Period.


Applications are currently being accepted for Faculty Development Grants. This program has a multi-part application process; please click on the arrow below for detailed application instructions. The deadline for Faculty Development Grant applications is February 12, 2020.


To be considered for a Faculty Development Grant, please submit the following materials:

  1. Our online application;
  2. High-Resolution Headshot (300 ppi)
  3. An academic curriculum vitae (C.V.); and
  4. A proposal of no more than five double-spaced pages. Please use the following categories and format for your proposal:
  • Interest: Explain your interest and background in creating a new course about modern Israel.
  • Course: Provide the working title and description of the course you plan to develop.
  • Plan: Create a timeline for developing and launching the course and describe what activities you would engage in during this timeline.
  • Institutional Support: Describe the prospects for ongoing institutional and departmental support for the course.
  • Budget: Provide a detailed budget for how the grant money would be spent.

NOTE: Please include your full name on all documents you upload with your application.