Visiting Faculty Programs


Our Visiting Faculty Programs bring Israeli academics working on Israel-related topics to teach at elite universities in the United States. These programs give 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 Professor placements are open to tenured professors and tenured professors emeriti from Israeli universities. Faculty Fellow placements are open to all tenure-track faculty at Israeli universities and all ranks of tenure-track faculty at Israeli academic 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 applicants should only apply using this path if they are willing to relocate. Most of these placements are in California or outside of the New York and Boston areas.

Grant awards are from $60,000 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
  • Columbia University
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State 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 Chicago
  • 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, applicants must ensure that the invitation includes several concrete provisions: 


  1. Allows the grant recipient to teach one course about modern Israel in each semester/quarter of the placement;
  2. Provides an on-campus office (shared is fine);
  3. Sponsors the appropriate visa;
  4. Provides library privileges;
  5. Demonstrates willingness to refer to the grant recipient as Israel Institute Visiting Faculty; and
  6. Demonstrates willingness to cross-list the classes taught by the grant recipient.


Visiting Faculty grant recipients must agree to our list of commitments. 


  1. Attend a pre-trip orientation;
  2. Teach one course at the University about modern Israel in each semester/quarter during the Grant Period;
  3. Coordinate the precise classes, content, and schedule of your classes with the University;
  4. Provide the Institute with your course titles by May 30;
  5. Make efforts to cross list and advertise your courses to ensure maximum enrollment;
  6. Live no more than 20 miles from the university campus and spend no fewer than three days a week on campus;
  7. Actively participate in the social and scholarly life of the University;
  8. During the Grant Period, speak at no fewer than three academic/community events per semester that you arrange;
  9. Administer a pre-test and post-test of knowledge about the topic of your classes to measure students' learning over the course of the semester, and report the results to the Institute;
  10. Respond to Institute surveys about your professional activities during the placement, including sending copies of your syllabi; reporting on course enrollment, and informing us about conference attendance and any academic/community talks or panel presentations you make, and the number of people in attendance;
  11. Comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and University policies and procedures during the Grant Period;
  12. Use the title “Israel Institute Visiting Faculty” on all correspondence, publications, and whenever I am publicly identified during the period covered by the Grant award, including adding this title to my email automatic signature; and
  13. If asked, give two Israel Institute-sponsored public lectures and write a short essay for the Institute’s magazine.


This program has a multi-part application process.

The next deadline for applications is September 13, 2018.


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

  1. Our online application;
  2. An academic curriculum vitae (C.V.);
  3. Course information, including titles and course descriptions for two courses about Israel you propose to teach;
  4. A one paragraph statement of intent explaining why you are interested in one of our Visiting Faculty Programs;
  5. A short statement on your teaching style. For example, are your classes primarily lectures or do you include interactive elements? Describe how a typical class would be structured; and
  6. An invitation from a university that meets our specifications (if you have one in mind). Although you are not required to have an invitation before you apply, we give preference to applicants who have invitations (that meet our specifications) from elite universities or universities on our priority list. Applicants may also request invitations after applying.

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