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 full, three-credit 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.

If you are considering seeking an invitation, we invite you to contact Dr. Erika Falk ( to discuss your plans before you contact the school.

Boston University (Boston, MA)

Brown University (Providence, RI)

College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)

Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)

Duke University (Durham, NC)

Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)

Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)

Rice University (Houston, TX)

Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)

University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA)

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)

University of Georgia (Athens, GA)

University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA)

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC)

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)

Yale University (New Haven, CT)


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


  • Run one full, three-credit course about modern Israel that you will teach 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 in Israel, which will primarily address the laws to which you will be subject, and with which you will be expected to comply, while teaching in the United States;
  • Teach at least one (1) full, three-credit 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, 2020, and your course syllabi two (2) 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 (3) public or academic events per semester during the Grant Period 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. While you will be provided with general instructions regarding the preparation of such tests, you will be largely responsible for crafting the individual questions;
  • At the end of each semester, for informational purposes, respond to Institute requests about your professional activity, including, but not limited to, course enrollment, information about where/when you gave public/academic talks, and audience 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.

The deadline to apply for the AY2020-2021 Visiting Faculty Program has passed. Please check back in spring 2020 to apply for AY2021-2022 teaching grants.


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.