Israel has long been on the cutting edge of research and development in many fields. In a country of limited natural resources, Israel’s scientists, scholars and creators have successfully devised innovative approaches to both pressing and long-term problems. The exceptional international reputation of Israeli researchers is well-deserved: history and geography have made Israelis adept at identifying problems, finding solutions, and quickly turning ideas into reality.
In recent years, budgetary constraints and a decrease in the resources available to Israeli academics have created a new kind of challenge for Israel’s vibrant academic and research community: how to keep Israel’s brightest young minds from leaving the country in search of greener pastures.
The Azrieli Foundation’s competitive and prestigious Azrieli Fellows Program aims to meet this challenge by providing generous financial support to the best and brightest researchers at Israeli universities, creating the necessary conditions for them to focus on successful and uninterrupted research. The goal of the Azrieli Fellows Program is to create a cadre of leading professionals and academics who will increase the pool of technological and scholarly human resources in Israel, and raise Israel’s profile internationally by maintaining strong ties between Israel and the rest of the world.
Azrieli Fellowships are granted annually to Israeli graduate students in the fields of Interdisciplinary and Applied Sciences, Education, Architecture & Urban Planning. There are also Fellowships for Canadian postdoctoral researchers undertaking research in various fields at Israel’s universities. All of the fellowships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit and other exceptional personal achievements, regardless of race, religion, gender, age or ethnicity.
Through a meticulous, transparent process, a team of 35 leading Israeli and international academics volunteer to select Fellows who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, drive and community commitment. The Azrieli Fellows Program does not have a quota per university; each candidate is chosen based on their individual strengths. All of Israel’s research universities host Azrieli Fellows.
The Fellows, in addition to their academic work, volunteer in the community, frequently finding innovative ways to improve the lives of others.
Fellows attend monthly forums where they share their research, exchange ideas and learn from one another in a multidisciplinary environment. Through organized activities and seminars, the Fellows build and strengthen relationships with one another.
The Azrieli Fellows Program is one of the most generous and prestigious Fellowship programs in Israel, supporting the next generation of academic, research and innovation leaders.