The Azrieli Foundation seeks to promote the development of research leadership in the State of Israel. To this end, each year, the Azrieli Early Career Fellowships are offered to eight outstanding young scientists and scholars in all academic fields of study, who seek faculty positions at Israeli universities. The fellowships enable Israeli universities to grant promising scientists and scholars them their first full-time academic appointments.
An Azrieli Fellow is not simply brilliant. An Azrieli Fellow is much more – driven, excellent and determined to have an impact on society.
The proof of this rests in the very scholars we have named Azrieli Fellows.
By enabling multidisciplinary study and the cross-pollination of ideas, the Azrieli Foundation aims to break down academic silos, encourage creative thinking and drive out-of-the-box solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.
Azrieli Fellows, in addition to their academic work, volunteer in the community, frequently finding innovative ways to improve the lives of others. Each year, the Fellows contribute more than 2,100 hours of volunteer service.
The Azrieli Foundation selects Azrieli Faculty Fellows according to a highly competitive selection process focused on academic and research excellence without regard to any institutional affiliations, race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or age. Candidates are assessed on their potential to make cutting-edge contributions to their respective fields. Personal merit and leadership abilities are also taken into consideration.
The Azrieli Foundation Faculty Fellowship program works in partnership with a select group of leading Israeli institutions to identify candidates through their own internal process to apply for each year’s Fellowship cohort.
Nominated individuals are then asked to complete full application. Nominees will be asked to submit their basic personal information, academic credentials (including a complete list of publications and conferences) a 750-word personal essay, research grant proposal and accompanying budget.
Through a meticulous, transparent process, a team of leading Israeli and international academics volunteer to select Fellows who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, drive and community commitment.
Short-listed applicants will be invited to a final round of face-to-face panel interviews. These normally take place in spring, ahead of Fellows beginning their Fellowship year in July. Final selection is immediately followed by a public announcement of our new cohort of Azrieli Faculty Fellows.
Candidates who have received their PhD no later than seven years ago, and hold an appointment to their first tenure-track position, may be nominated by one of the following academic institutions: Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa, Weizmann Institute of Science. Second paragraph: Candidates who are not accepted to the Azrieli Faculty Fellows Program after applying once may be re-nominated, and applications may be submitted one more time, in the year immediately following the initial application.
Candidates may be submitted for consideration no later than seven years after receipt of their PhD diploma.
Candidates who are to receive their first full-time faculty appointment at an Israeli university during the academic year 2020–21.
Candidates must hold an official appointment to a tenure-track position at the academic institution submitting them to the Azrieli Fellows Program.
Candidates who are not accepted to the Azrieli Faculty Fellows Program after applying once may be re-nominated, and applications may be submitted one more time, in the year immediately following the initial application.
The Azrieli Faculty Fellow will receive a salary (including benefits) consistent with the remuneration and benefits of faculty of the rank of “Lecturer” or “Senior Lecturer”, “Associate Professor,” or other equivalent rank, as per the position the University has offered the Fellow.
The Azrieli Foundation will fund a portion of the University’s cost associated with the Fellows’ remuneration and benefits, in the amount of ILS 220,000.
In addition to salary, the Azrieli Faculty Fellow will receive a research grant of up to US $210,000, as justified by the submitted research plan and budget, to be paid over the course of the fellowship at the discretion of the Azrieli Foundation.
This research grant will be funded in full (100%) by the Azrieli Foundation. The research grant may be used for equipment and general research needs. The research grant will be awarded following a competitive selection process that will assess detailed proposals to be submitted by the applicants for the Fellowship to the Azrieli Foundation.
No overhead or other fees will be paid to the university. The university will not deduct any amount from the Fellowship payments (salary or research grant) without the agreement of the Azrieli Foundation.
Additional External Funding
Azrieli Faculty Fellows may apply for and accept additional research grants. However, the research project may not be identical to that approved by the Azrieli Foundation. The percentage of time dedicated to the Azrieli funded project must be at least 30% for each funding year, however it may be distributed unevenly during the funding period. For example, 10% during Year 1, 60% during Year 2 and 20% during Year 3.