Visiting Faculty Program


Our Visiting Faculty Program funds Israeli academics to teach about Israel at elite universities in the United States. This program gives both tenured and tenure-track Israeli academics the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad teaching about modern Israel and expanding their academic circles, while granting students from top universities access to leading Israeli professors.


Visiting Faculty placements are open to tenure-track faculty and professors emeriti from Israeli universities and colleges. All applicants must possess a strong command of English and be able to teach courses about modern Israel.


We have two paths for receiving a Visiting Faculty grant.

  1. Invitation. Applicants may obtain an invitation from either a top-tier or priority university. See the list of universities below as well as instructions for obtaining an invitation and applying for a grant via this route.
  2. Placement. Applicants may indicate on their application that they are willing to be placed at a university by the Institute. Please note that most of these placements are in California or outside of the New York and Boston areas.

Grant awards are from $50,000 to $80,000 depending on the qualifications of the applicant and the arrangement with the university. Grant recipients must teach one course about modern Israel in each semester/quarter of their placement. Visiting Faculty are not employees of the Israel Institute and should plan to cover all expenses including, but not limited to, living expenses, taxes, health insurance, travel expenses, bench fees, etc.

Please note that this is a selective program and the Israel Institute does not guarantee placement to those who apply. You may also be interested in our Teaching Fellow Program.


Priority will be given to faculty members who either have or can obtain an invitation from one of the schools listed below. Please note: The Institute does not necessarily have relationships with these universities. Rather, our goal is to foster academic connections between scholars at these schools.


Highest Priority:

  • Boston University
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison

Second Highest Priority: A top-25 college or university as ranked by the most recent year of U.S. News and Work Report Rankings of U.S. National Universities. 

NOTE: Placements at high ranking universities outside the United States are made only in very rare and exceptional circumstances. To discuss a possible international placement contact Dr. Erika Falk (


When requesting an invitation from a school, the University must commit in writing to:


  • Run one course that you will teach about modern Israel in each semester/quarter during the Grant Period;
  • Provide you with an on-campus office (shared is acceptable);
  • Sponsor your visa;
  • Provide you with library privileges;
  • Refer to you as “Israel Institute Visiting Faculty” or some version thereof; and
  • Make an effort to cross-list and advertise your courses.


By accepting a Visiting Faculty Program grant award, you must agree to: 


  • Attend a pre-trip orientation;
  • Teach at least one course at the University about modern Israel in each semester/quarter during the Grant Period;
  • Coordinate the precise classes, content, and schedule of your classes with the University;
  • Provide the Institute with your course titles by May 30, 2019, and your course syllabi two weeks before the beginning of the semester;
  • Make efforts to cross-list and advertise your courses to ensure maximum enrollment;
  • Speak at no fewer than three public or academic events per semester that you arrange;
  • Administer a pre-test and post-test of knowledge about the topic of each of your classes to measure students’ learning about Israel over the course of the semester, and report the results to the Institute;
  • At the end of each semester, respond to Institute requests about your professional activity, including, but not limited to, course enrollment, information about where and when I gave public/academic talks, and attendance at such talks;
  • Comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and University policies and procedures during the Grant Period; and
  • Use the title “Israel Institute Visiting Faculty” or some variation thereof on all correspondence, publications, and whenever you are publicly identified during the Grant Period, including adding such title to your e-mail automatic signature.


This program has a multi-part application process.

The application window for 2019-2020 teaching placements has closed.


To be considered for the Visiting Faculty Program, please submit the following materials:

  1. Our online application;
  2. High-resolution headshot (300 ppi);
  3. An academic curriculum vitae (C.V.);
  4. Course information, including titles and course descriptions for two courses about Israel you propose to teach; and
  5. An invitation from a university that meets our specifications (see above). Although you are not required to have an invitation when you apply, we give preference to applicants who have or believe they can get invitations from elite universities or universities on our priority list (see above). Applicants may also request invitations after applying.

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