Faculty Development Grants

The bright lights of Tel Aviv at nightThe Israel Institute offers Faculty Development Grants to tenured faculty members in Canada and the United States who want to 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 enable select scholars to conduct research, travel to Israel, hone language skills, or pursue any other activity that would be conducive to developing and teaching courses about modern Israel.

Grant amounts vary depending on the proposal and expected enrollments. The average grant award is $10,000. Successful proposals clearly explain how the work undertaken through the grant will result in ongoing course content and strong enrollments. Awards are contingent upon a letter from a dean or department chair certifying that the faculty member will teach the new Israel-focused course as part of a regular teaching rotation (not less frequently than once every two years). Courses must be full-term, three-credits, and taught at the undergraduate level.





Please review the Applications tab for more information on how to apply.


February 16, 2021


Please contact Dr. Erika Falk, Program Director, at efalk@israelinstitute.org with any questions.


Faculty Development Grants are available for tenured and tenure-track faculty in Canada and the United States who want to add new full-term, three-credit, undergraduate-level courses about modern Israel to their regular rotations and who specialize in subjects applicable to Israel studies, broadly defined. Previous grant recipients have developed courses in political science, history, literature, security studies, peace and conflict studies, theater and dance, and more.



To be considered for a Faculty Development Grant, you must complete the online application and submit the following supplemental materials via the application portal.

1) High-resolution headshot (300 ppi)

2) Academic curriculum vitae (CV)

3) 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. Include a description of if and how the chair and dean are supporting your effort and if the course will be three credits, taught at the undergraduate level, and meet major/minor or graduation requirements.

Budget: Provide a detailed budget for how the grant money would be spent.



Applications for Faculty Development Grants are due by February 16, 2021.



Eugene Avrutin

Faculty Development Grants, 2017-2018

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Habiba Boumlik

Faculty Development Grants, 2017-2018

LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

David Caplan

Faculty Development Grants, 2017-2018

Ohio Wesleyan University

Frank Jacobitz

Faculty Development Grants, 2017-2018

University of San Diego

Jeremy Kargon

Faculty Development Grants, 2017-2018

Morgan State University

Sean McFate

Faculty Development Grants, 2017-2018

National Defense University

Jeffrey Meiser

Faculty Development Grants, 2017-2018

University of Portland

Liah Greenfeld

Faculty Development Grants, 2016-2017

Boston University

Joshua Teplitsky

Faculty Development Grants, 2016-2017

Stony Brook University

Rivka Ulmer

Faculty Development Grants, 2016-2017

Bucknell University

Ariel Colonomos

Faculty Development Grants, 2015-2016

Sciences Po Paris

Klaus Hoedl

Faculty Development Grants, 2015-2016

University of Graz

Andrew Sloin

Faculty Development Grants, 2015-2016

Baruch College, CUNY

Steven R. David

Faculty Development Grants, 2014-2015

Johns Hopkins University

Colin Green

Faculty Development Grants, 2014-2015

The George Washington University

Janice Ross

Faculty Development Grants, 2014-2015

Stanford University

Adam Shear

Faculty Development Grants, 2014-2015

University of Pittsburgh

Charles Tenenbaum

Faculty Development Grants, 2014-2015

Institute of Political Science, Lille (Sciences Po Lille)

Gabriel Noah Brahm

Faculty Development Grants, 2013-2014

Northern Michigan University

Joshua Miller

Faculty Development Grants, 2013-2014

University of Michigan

Samuel Rascoff

Faculty Development Grants, 2013-2014

New York University School of Law

Sara Wallace Goodman

Faculty Development Grants, 2013-2014

University of California, Irvine

For more information about Faculty Development Grants, please direct your questions to Dr. Erika Falk, Program Director, at efalk@israelinstitute.org.