The world’s greatest resource is in its human capital.
The Azrieli Fellowship identifies, catalyzes and ignites this capital by creating an elite group of academics who through their shared experiences are establishing a network of leading professionals committed to maintaining strong academic links between Israel – a country long recognized for outstanding achievements in research and higher education – and the rest of the world.
Azrieli Fellows are an elite group of top-tier academics focused on original, internationally recognized research that will have a positive impact on society.
The key to innovation is in encouraging “out-of-the-box” thinking – creativity which opens the doors to discoveries, whether in architecture, science, humanities, social sciences or education. We believe in this “high-risk, high reward” model and so does each Azrieli Fellow.
Candidates applying to the Azrieli Fellowship are assessed on their past academic performance, and equally on their commitment to the betterment of not only their academic community but society at-large.
By enabling multidisciplinary study and the cross-pollination of ideas, the Azrieli Fellows aim to break down academic silos and drive cutting-edge solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.
““It’s not enough to be up-to-date; you have to be up to tomorrow.”
– David Ben-Gurion
When we established the Azrieli Fellows Program 14 years ago, we had goals that spoke to the mission of the Azrieli Foundation: empowering individuals, investing in higher education, building community, encouraging leadership, supporting Israel and creating a sense of family.
We recently completed our new Fellows selection process and were so impressed by the calibre of applicants that we granted more fellowships than originally planned, welcoming 43 new Fellows to our fold. We are continuing our expansion to bring top quality international postdocs to Israel, with a current focus on Europe.
Who are these remarkable peopleand how do we choose them?Beyond their intelligence and drive, they are resilient, creative and open to sharing their discoveries. They are chosen through a demanding selection process which proves their academic excellence and desire to give back to our community.
They are also chosen because we believe in their dreams and are eager to see what they will accomplish.
I am exceedingly proud of this program, which has, on all levels, surpassed our expectations.
Dr. Naomi Azrieli
Chair and CEO
The Azrieli Foundation
Aviad A. Stollman, Global Director
Aviad is the Global Director of the Azrieli Fellows Program. He holds a B.A. in the Humanities from the Open University of Israel, an MA (summa cum laude), and a PhD in Talmudic Philology, both from Bar-Ilan University. Aviad carried out postdoctoral research at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. Before joining the Azrieli Foundation, Aviad served as the Head of Collections at the National Library of Israel, where he oversaw the strategic development of the library’s cultural assets. Aviad is married to Elisheva and is a proud father of five.
Rochelle has managed the Azrieli Fellows Program since its establishment in 2007. She is responsible for conceptualizing and operating the program, working with university managements and leading academic figures, as well as Fellows and program staff. Rochelle comes from a background in philanthropy, business and international relations. She coordinated worldwide brand accounts for local and international advertising agencies and played central roles in a number of philanthropic organizations supporting the State of Israel. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Jewish History and Land of Israel Studies, and certification in teaching and tour guiding. Rochelle is married to Meir, is a mother of two and a proud grandmother of four.
Michal joined the management team of the Azrieli Fellows Program in 2021, after six years at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) where she was a Research Fellow. Simultaneously, Michal taught at the University of Haifa, Tel Aviv University and Sapir Academic College. Prior to that Michal held various positions in the NGO sector, specializing in foreign relations and resource development. Michal has a PhD in Political Science (Tel Aviv University), an M.A. in Political Science, majoring in Political Communications (Tel Aviv University) and a B.A. in Psychology and Communications (Tel Aviv University). She has also completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Haifa.
Tal is responsible for the screening and admission of new candidates and acts as the liaison between universities and the Azrieli Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in State-of-Israel Studies from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a master’s degree in Security Studies from Tel Aviv University. Tal has a background in developing international programs at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University. Recently, Tal has been certified as a social organizations director by the Herzliya Municipality. Tal is married with two daughters. In his spare time, he is the professional coach and manager of the Tel Aviv Pioneers American Football Team.
Ceighley Cribb, International Postdoc Campaign Manager
Ceighley is the International Postdoc Campaign Manager of the Azrieli Fellows Program. She is responsible for the strategy and implementation of the program’s international outreach to universities, faculty members, and prospective top-tier postdocs. Prior to joining the Azrieli Foundation, Ceighley worked for Israel’s leading international public relations and communications firm, securing coverage for clients in news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She has also held various research, editorial, and communications roles in academia and research institutions. Ceighley received her MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford and an M.A. in Women’s and Gender History from Sarah Lawrence College.
Yami (Miriam) Ben-David, Community & Projects Coordinator
Yami is responsible for social activism in the program and for developing the alumni unit. She is also responsible for producing the community events during the year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Anthropology and a master’s degree in Sociology of Organizations and Gender Studies, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to joining the Azrieli Fellows Program staff, Yami coordinated the Polonsky Academy at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Yami has a background in community building, group facilitation, and educational work. For several years now, she has been volunteering at the Jerusalem Sexual Assault Crisis Center and at the Window to Mount Zion Project for Promoting Interreligious Tolerance, as well as other organizations which promote social change and equality.
Dafna is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data in order to develop measures to improve processes and optimize results. She holds a B.A. in psychology (summa cum laude) from Bar-Ilan University and an M.A. in developmental and experimental psychology from Haifa University. Before joining the Azrieli Fellows Program staff, Dafna served as the clinical research coordinator for the Child Psychiatry Division of Sheba Medical Center. She also has a background in guiding and developing educational programs for the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Dafna is married to Michael and is a mother of two.