Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowships (All-Disciplines)

Program Overview

The United States – Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) plans to award up to eight fellowships for senior faculty members, professionals, or accomplished artists or writers for visits to Israeli institutions of higher education, to be carried out during the 2020/21 academic year.  The program is open to all fields of study; scholars’ proposed activities may include research, lecturing, or a combination of lecturing and research. The grants will support visits of four months. Assistant professor or higher academic rank (or equivalent professional standing) is required.

A letter of invitation from an accredited Israeli institution of higher education is required at the time of application. For the complete list of such institutions, click here. Each candidate should try to arrange his/her institutional affiliations in Israel independently, including development of the program of work for the proposed visit through contacts with possible host institutions.

Per USIEF policy, candidates should take into account that host institutions are asked to make a financial contribution of $2,000 to the Foundation, which is credited toward overall grant benefits. The matter of this mandatory contribution should be raised in preliminary discussions with potential hosts and the commitment to provide the funds should be included in the letter of invitation. Please contact Noa Turgeman at USIEF at NoaT@fulbright.org.il  with any questions related to the financial commitment, or for assistance with identifying suitable host institutions or institutional contacts.

Additional general information on the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program may be found on the website of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). Interested candidates can find country information on Israel on the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or the Ministry of Tourism’s website.

Grant Benefits


  • $6,000/month for unaccompanied grantees
  • $6,500/month for grantees accompanied by one dependent
  • $7,000/month for grantees accompanied by two or more dependents
  • limited health insurance for the grantee only
  • orientation meetings compulsory and other grantee events during the course of the year

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility requirements apply at the time of application. For full details on all Fulbright U.S. Scholar program eligibility requirements, see the CIES website.

Evaluation criteria

For full details on the Fulbright U.S. Scholar review process, see the CIES website. During its review of the recommended pool of applications, USIEF applies the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence (or equivalent professional or artistic excellence) is the primary criterion for the evaluation of candidates.
  • Leadership qualities are an important evaluation criterion.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not had substantial, recent professional experience in Israel.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not had previous Fulbright grants.
  • Hebrew/Arabic language proficiency is not an evaluation criterion.
  • Possession of skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Israel is an important evaluation criterion.

The Foundation wishes to emphasize that, while stressing professional qualifications, it is interested in achieving representation of the various geographic regions and ethnic groups of the United States in the panel of American Fulbright Fellows.

The Foundation reserves the exclusive right to determine, within the framework of applicable law and regulations, the qualitative standards for the evaluation of applications forwarded to it by the responsible agency in the United States.  The Foundation is not under any obligation to provide the reasons for its decisions regarding the allocation of Fellowships.

Application Procedures

The application deadline for 2020/21 Fellowships is August 1, 2019.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered for the Department of State by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).  Details on the program and on submission of applications may be found on the CIES website.

Those interested may also contact the CIES staff member responsible for the Middle East region for further information on the application process: Megan Spillman, Institute of International Education; telephone: +1.708.275.0110; email: mspillman@iie.org


Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be at a disadvantage if I have studied previously in Israel?
Yes. While applicants who have had a previous Israel experience may receive awards, preference will be given to applicants without such experience.
May my spouse apply for a Fulbright grant at the same time that I apply?

For further information or inquiries,
please contact:

Noa Turgeman
telephone 03-5172131 ext. 203
e-mail NoaT@fulbright.org.il

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