Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship

Our program develops academic leaders who not only excel in their area of research, but also promote academic and professional links between Israel and the rest of the world.

The Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship provides financial support for eligible scholars in any academic discipline to conduct research at accredited institutions in Israel, a country long recognized for outstanding achievements in research and higher education.

Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellows are integrated into the wider Azrieli Fellows Program based in Israel. They join a network of outstanding scholars at the PhD, Postdoctoral and Early-Career Faculty stages. The Fellows Program offers opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exchange, leadership training, community engagement, professional mentorship, and a growing alumni network.

Azrieli Fellows are selected based on the candidate’s record of academic and research achievement alongside personal merits, leadership qualities and engagement with society, by a multi-disciplinary review committee comprised of university faculty from Israel and Canada.

Azrieli Fellowships are awarded without regard to age, gender, religion, or ethnicity.

Apply to the Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Eligibility & Guidelines


1. The Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship is open to:

  • Canadian citizens who have obtained their PhD degree at a recognized Canadian OR International university
  • Citizens of any nationality who have obtained their PhD degree at a recognized Canadian university

2. Candidates may apply no later than four years after conferral of their PhD Diploma. Allowances are made for parental or medical leave, or other career interruptions.

3. Current PhD candidates will be required to submit official university documentation or a letter from the doctoral supervisor indicating a dissertation (thesis defense) date that is no later than June 30, 2020. If the dissertation is not completed by the stated date, the candidate will forfeit the fellowship.

4. Applicants who hold a faculty appointment will not be considered.

5. All applicants are required to have an academic sponsor who is a faculty member at one of the eligible Israeli institutions below, and who will confirm the suitability of the candidate for the proposed research (see below for additional information). The Foundation will not consider applicants who do not have an academic sponsor.

6. The applicant’s record should show outstanding ability in research and potential for groundbreaking contributions to the advancement of their area of study, as well as demonstrated aspects of leadership and community service.

7. Candidates who are not successful are allowed to re-apply once.

Selection Criteria

The Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship is awarded to candidates with a record of academic excellence, the potential to perform groundbreaking research and personal merits such as leadership ability and engagement with community.

The applications will be evaluated according to the following rubric:

50%: Academic excellence and independent research ability

  • Quality and productivity of research conducted to date
  • Previous awards or scholarships
  • Originality and critical thinking ability, potential for innovation, self-motivation, determination and perseverance

30%: Quality of research proposal

  • Feasibility of proposed research, potential significance, unique contribution of the candidate, clarity of rationale and overall merit
  • Suitability and quality of the research environment (sponsor, facilities and general academic environment)

20%: Personal Merit

  • leadership experience and potential
  • communication skills
  • community service (inside or outside academia)

These characteristics may be demonstrated through achievement in arts/athletics or other activities, employment, and volunteering.

A multidisciplinary committee of Israeli and Canadian scholars will review and rank the applications at a meeting in January 2020. The committee has broad representation across academic disciplines, but may not have specific expertise in the areas of each applicant. The proposed Fellowship research should therefore be described in language that is accessible to non-experts.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online/video-based interview to be scheduled during the period early February, 2020*. Finalists will be announced early March , 2020*.

Fellowship Guidelines

Duration of the Fellowship

The duration of the fellowship is for one year, with the option of renewal for a second year.

In specific fields, where the accepted period for postdoctoral research is longer than two years, the fellowship may be extended beyond two years for an additional 6 months, following review of the situation and agreement by the Foundation.

Fellows must be based in Israel. If research collaborations require a Fellow to be away from Israel for some time, the period away from Israel should be no longer than 25% of the fellowship period.

Value of the Fellowship

The value of the fellowship is ILS 145,000 annually.

The Azrieli Foundation does not restrict candidates from holding other funding concurrently. Candidates should be aware that constraints on additional funding might be placed by the host university. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check this with the host university.

Obligations of an Azrieli Postdoctoral Fellow

In order to maintain good standing, Azrieli Fellows will be required to sign a form committing themselves to the fulfillment of the following responsibilities:

1. High academic standards:

Fellows are obligated to maintain a high level of academic excellence throughout the program. Progress reports must be submitted by the Fellow to the Azrieli Fellows Program management on a regular basis. The reports will describe the research done up until that point and must be signed by the Fellow’s academic sponsor who should also provide detailed comments.

2. Community service:

Fellows are asked to participate in volunteer activities of a non-political/non-partisan nature for a total of 40 hours per year during the tenure of the fellowship. Volunteer activities must be approved in advance by Azrieli Fellows Program management, who will provide guidance on finding an activity based on interests, location and language.

Participation in program-sponsored events:

In order to foster the exchange of ideas between Azrieli Fellows, the program sponsors several events during the academic year at which Fellows socialize and share their research and study activities. These events include but are not limited to: the Fellows Opening Ceremony, the Azrieli Fellows Forums and Professional Development activities, and an end-of-year Dinner.

4. Publication & Dissemination:

Any publications that results from research activities conducted during the fellowship period must acknowledge the support of the Azrieli Foundation. Fellows may also be asked to submit an abstract of their dissertation and published works to the Azrieli Fellows Program management for use in publicity material produced by the program and on the Foundation website. The work produced by the Fellows during the course of their research in Israel may be eligible for publication in a future on-line journal.

5. Alumni Activities:

Fellows will be part of a growing global community of Azrieli Fellows alumni. Fellows will be asked to share their experiences with others, to publicize the Program to their colleagues and to participate in information sessions for new candidates that may be held in their region.

Academic Sponsor

Applicants must have the support of an academic sponsor, who is a faculty member at one of the seven participating institutions in Israel, and is willing to actively support the research proposal, share relevant expertise, and confirm availability of research facilities to carry out the research.

Applicants must submit a letter from the sponsor confirming acceptance and sponsorship of the applicant as detailed above.

Participating Institutions

The Israeli institutions at which Azrieli Fellows may pursue their postdoctoral research are:

  • Bar-Ilan University
  • Ben-Gurion University
  • Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
  • Tel Aviv University
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • University of Haifa
  • Weizmann Institute of Science

For more information about the Azrieli Fellows Program please email us at:

Azrieli Fellows Program 
85 Medinat HaYehudim St.
Herzliya Pituach 4614101