International Courses

OVERVIEW

Our International Courses Grants Program supports courses about modern Israel at colleges and universities outside the United States and Israel that do not have resident experts available. We are particularly interested in expanding this program to new countries where the Israel Institute has not previously funded such courses.

These grants enable scholars to travel to schools to teach courses about modern Israel. Some schools use the grant to bring in guest lecturers to supplement a course taught by a local faculty member, while others bring in outside faculty who are fully responsible for the course. Grants may be used to support full semester or intensive short courses, but courses must be worth at least three credits or the international equivalent.

International Courses Grants may go only to pay for faculty salaries, transportation, and housing. Our grants do not pay for universities’ administrative costs, fees, overhead, or indirect costs. The maximum grant available is $10,000 per three-credit course.

For universities or colleges wanting to run courses on Israel, the Institute can also help identify qualified faculty to teach courses or to come as guest lecturers.

LOGISTICS AND ELIGIBILITY

We accept applications from both institutions and individual faculty members. Colleges or universities may apply for grants to pay the salary, lodging, and/or travel expenses associated with bringing scholars to campus to teach courses about modern Israel. Israeli faculty (or professors emeriti) who have/had full-time appointments at Israeli colleges and universities and who have or can obtain invitations to teach about Israel may apply for these grants. This application is for courses to be taught during the 2020 spring semester only.

We give priority to courses at institutions in countries where the Israel Institute has not previously funded such courses. We have supported courses about modern Israel at institutions within the countries listed below. (List Updated January 2019)

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  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine

GRANT RECIPIENT COMMITMENTS

International Courses Grant recipients must agree to our list of commitments.

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Requirements for Institutional Grant Recipients

Universities accepting International Courses Grants must agree to:

  1. Provide the Israel Institute with a detailed report on the activities of all supported faculty, including: information about and contact information for all supported instructors (including their curricula vitae (C.V.s), classes taught, course syllabi, course enrollment, and public discourse events held with the scholar (topics and attendance).

Requirements for Faculty Grant Recipients

Faculty members accepting International Courses Grants must agree to:

  1. Teach one course about modern Israel;
  2. Coordinate with the University the precise content and schedule of your classes;
  3. Respond to Institute surveys about your professional activities during your placement, including sending a copy of your syllabus, reporting on course enrollment, and informing us about where and when you give academic/community talks and how many people attend;
  4. Allow the Institute to use your name, photo, biography, and short description of your proposed course on our website and in publicity materials; and
  5. Comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, and University policies and procedures during the Grant Period.

APPLICATION

Applications are currently being accepted for Spring 2020 courses. We accept applications from both institutions which want to run Israel Studies courses and individual faculty members who want to teach Israel Studies courses. We are only accepting applications for courses to be taught during the 2020 spring semester. Please submit your application by November 5, 2019, for consideration.

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Application for Universities 

To apply for a University International Courses Grant, please submit the following materials:

1.     Our online application, and

2.     A proposal and budget according to the following format:

a.     Contact: The name, title, postal address, phone number, and email address for the main contact for this project at your organization.

b.     University Sponsor: Provide the name and a short description of your university/college and department. Please also describe the course offerings available about or related to Israel at your institution.

c.     Course Details: Please provide the course name, number of credits, level (graduate or undergraduate), course description, expected enrollment, and dates (or proposed dates) of the course. Please be specific about how many days and how many hours each day the course will meet.

d.     Faculty: Please describe how this course will be taught. If the course will be taught by a local faculty member, please provide the name, rank, and curriculum vitae (CV) for the lead instructor. If you intend to use outside faculty as guest lecturers, please also provide their names, ranks, home affiliations, and C.V.s, as well as the dates, times, and topics of their lectures. If the whole course will be taught by an outside instructor, indicate this and provide his/her name, rank, home affiliation, and C.V. If you need help identifying faculty or guest lecturers, please describe the type of instructor you are looking for.

e.     Budget: Include a line-item budget that describes how the grant will be spent.

Application for Faculty Members

To apply for a Faculty International Course Grant, please submit the following materials:

1.     Our online application;

2.     A proposal and budget according to the following format:

a.     University Sponsor: Provide the name and a short description of the university/college and department where you will offer the course. Please also describe the course offerings about Israel available at this institution.

b.     Course Details: Please provide the course name, number of credits, level (graduate or undergraduate), course description, expected enrollment, and dates (or proposed dates) of the course. Please be specific about how many days and how many hours each day the course will meet; and

3.     An official invitation from the school that has invited you to teach a course about modern Israel. The invitation (on university letterhead) must include:

a.     A commitment to run a course about modern Israel that you will teach;

b.     The name, dates, and number of credits for the course; and

4.     The complete proposed syllabus for the course.