Zuckerman Institute Postdoctoral Scholarships Program

  • Phd
  • Up to $60,000 + funding
  • 31 March 2021
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The Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program attracts high-achieving postdoctoral scholars from premier universities in the United States and Canada to do research at one of seven Israeli universities. Once they complete their research, many Zuckerman postdocs are expected to accept faculty positions at top North American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit US-Israeli scientific cooperation.

Zuckerman Scholars enjoy unique programming and activities organized especially for them by their host universities and the Zuckerman Institute in Israel, including touring, educational experiences, and social programs. These activities are designed to strengthen the scholars’ knowledge of and connection to Israel, and cultivate an esprit de corps, exchange of ideas, and foster new relationships.

Candidates for the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program are assessed based on their academic and research achievements, as well as on personal merit and leadership qualities, without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or age.

Five postdoctoral scholarships will be given out per participating university for the 2021-2022 academic year in two tracks.

  • Postdoc at an Israeli University Track: A two-year postdoctoral scholarship where scholars conduct research exclusively at one of 7 participating Israeli universities. If circumstances allow, Zuckerman Postdoctoral scholarship may be renewed on a competitive basis for an additional one or two year.

  • Joint US-Israel Postdoc Track: A two-year joint postdoctoral scholarship where scholars spend half their time at one of 7 participating Israeli universities, and the other half at a US or Canadian university. Scholars in this track can decide how to divide their time.

Participating universities are Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa, and Weizmann Institute of Science

Candidates may apply to more than one of the above universities.

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The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program supports future generations of leaders in science, engineering and math in the United States and Israel scientific research centers.

Eligibility

Postdoc at an Israeli University Track:

  • Postdoctoral candidates must be citizens of the United States or Canada or have a documented status that allows them to study and work in the US.
  • For the 2021-2022 academic year, international candidates who completed a PhD at a US or a Canadian university, and who plans to return to the United States or Canada to compete for an academic position may also apply (limited to two candidates per each participating Israeli Universities). Do not apply to Israeli candidates.
  • Candidates must hold a PhD degree from a leading university, or if still studying for a PhD, must submit their PhD thesis before October 1, 2021.
  • Postdoctoral candidates must obtain consent from a potential hosting supervisor at the Israeli university/universities to which they are applying.

Joint US-Israel Postdoc Track:

  • Joint postdoctoral candidates must be citizens of the United States or Canada or have a documented status that allows them to study and work in the US.
  • Candidates must hold a PhD degree from a leading university, or if still studying for a PhD, must submit their PhD thesis before October 1, 2021.
  • Joint postdoctoral candidates must obtain consent from potential hosting supervisors at both the Israeli university and the American or Canadian university to which they are applying.

Benefits

Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholarships will be awarded for up to two years.

Postdoc at an Israeli University Track: Postdoctoral scholars receive a scholarship of $52,000 per academic year for up to two years. Of this amount, $50,000 is provided by the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program ($5,600 for research and travel to professional conferences plus $44,400 for living expenses [$3,700 per month]). An additional $2,000 in research funds is directed to scholars through their supervisors at their Israeli universities.

Joint US-Israel Postdoc Track: Joint Postdoctoral scholars receive a scholarship of $60,000 per academic year for up to two years.
Of this amount,
$50,000 is provided by the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program:
$44,400 for living expenses [$3,700 per month]
$5,600 for research and travel to professional conferences

An additional $2,000 in research funds is directed to scholars through their supervisors at their Israeli universities.

Another $8,000 is to be provided for research and travel to professional conferences directly by the scholar US or Canadian university.
Scholars who are interested in this track, should apply to their US university to receive this stipend. The US or Canadian university may provide supplemental funding for living expenses during their stay in the US or Canada.

Candidates applying for a Joint US-Israel Postdoc track must show a letter of support from their US or Canadian university that confirms an annual support of $8,000

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