Research Grants


The Israel Institute offers research grants for substantive research on modern Israel. These grants facilitate the research and writing of books or scholarly articles that make an original contribution to the field of Israel Studies and promote a greater understanding of modern Israel. Areas of study include, but are not limited to, Israeli history, politics, economics, and law. 


This program has two tracks:

Post-Doctoral Research Grants: These grants are available to scholars who have earend their doctoral degree within the past three years and are currently engaged in a formal post-doctoral placement.

Faculty Research Grants: This program is intended for professional academics who have completed their doctoral and post-doctoral work and who are affiliated with an institution of higher learning or research.  


The Institute offers grants of up to $8,000 per research project, to both individual researchers and research groups (for research groups, please note that grant proposals should list the names of all researchers and designate a lead researcher). Grants may be used to support travel, data collection, primary source translation, and more. 

Proposals are vetted by an independent committee, which then determines the award amount. Successful proposals demonstrate why a particular topic requires further study and what gap(s) the research will fill, as well as share logistical information relevant to carrying out the proposal, including how this action point will advance the greater research project.

Grant RECIPIENT Commitments

Research Grant recipients must agree to our list of commitments.


If you receive a Research Grant, you must agree to:

  1. Execute, and return to the Israel Institute, the Israel Institute Release and Waiver of Liability;
  2. Spend the Grant Award in accordance with the proposal and budget developed and submitted by you to the Israel Institute;
  3. Acknowledge the support of the Israel Institute in all published work produced in connection with the Proposal;
  4. Notify the Israel Institute of, and send a copy of, all publications produced in connection with the Proposal;
  5. Respond to Institute requests for information about publications funded with this grant;
  6. Allow the Institute to use your name, photo, biography, and short description of your Project on our website and in publicity materials; and
  7. Disclose other sources of funding for this research project.
    If you are applying for a Post-Doctoral Grant
  8. Submit proof of Ph.D. completion within the past three years before the grant is awarded; and
  9. Submit proof that you are currently engaged in a formal post-doctoral placement before the grant is awarded.


This program has a multi-part application process.

The next deadline for applications is April 11, 2019.


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

  1. Our online application;
  2. A complete academic curriculum vitae (C.V.) that includes a full list of your publications. If applicable, please include a complete academic C.V. for each additional scholar or researcher involved in your proposal;
  3. A formal research proposal of no more than seven double-spaced pages (not including references). Please include your name and the title of your research project on your proposal. Please use the following categories and format for your proposal:

             a. Introduction: Introduce the topic and explain why the study is important.

             b. Contribution to the Field: Please explicitly address who can use the results of the study, how the results can be used, and what you expect to produce once the grant period is completed.

             c. Literature Review: Put your research in the context of existing research, explaining what lacuna your project will fill.

             d. Research Questions and/or Hypotheses: Provide your research questions and/or hypotheses.

             e. Methodology: Explain how you will collect your data and what method you will use to conduct your research.

             f. Budget: Provide a detailed budget for how you will spend the grant.

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