Each year, the Adams Fellowship Program
, endowed by the late Mr. Marcel Adams of Montreal, Canada, and administered by The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, grants fellowships to doctoral students in the natural sciences, the life sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer science. This year six outstanding doctoral students received the prestigious Adams Fellowships. Each recipient will receive a stipend of NIS 100,000 per year for 3-4 years of study and an additional USD $3,000 per year to travel abroad for professional advancement, in addition to exemption from tuition.
The fellowships were granted on Thursday, July 28, 2022, in a ceremony held during the annual Adams Seminar, with the participation of three of Mr. Adams’s children, Mr. Sylvan Adams, Dr. Julian Adams and Mrs. Linda Adams-Troy.
From L-R: Academy Member Prof. Moshe Oren, Academy President Prof. David Harel, Mrs. Linda Adams-Troy, 2022 Adams Fellow Matan Eilat, Dr. Julian Adams.
Addressing the gathering, Prof. David Harel
, President of the Israel Academy, remarked: “For eighteen years, the Israel Academy has been proud to grant the fellowships established by our late dear friend Marcel Adams, and we are enormously pleased to greet the new 2022–2023 fellows. This important and successful program has nurtured some of our most outstanding researchers in the natural sciences, life sciences, mathematics, computer science and engineering. The program’s alumni have successfully joined Israel’s academic research community, as well as the high-tech and biotech industries and the health system and have made their mark in foreign institutions as well. Their research has been published in the world’s most prestigious journals.” To date, 155 young promising Israeli researchers have been awarded the prestigious fellowship.
Mr. Adams, an enthusiastic Zionist, was born in Romania in 1920. During World War II, he escaped internment in a Nazi labor camp, went to Israel and later fought in the War of Independence. In 1951 he moved to Canada, where, seven years later, he founded a real estate company that developed and expanded over the years. He established the fellowships in 2005 in order to ‘give back’ to Israel, where he had found refuge. Mr. Adams passed away in the summer of 2020 at the age of 100.
From L-R: Dr. Julian Adams; Prof. Moshe Oren, Chair of the Adams Fellowships Committee; Prof. David Harel, Academy President; Ms. Linda Adams-Troy; Mr. Sylvan Adams; Nitzan Aframian; Omer Granek; Ms. Margaret Adams; Prof. Hermona Sorek, Member of the Adams Fellowships Committee, Ms. Batsheva Shor, Head of the Adams Fellowships Program; Prof. Noam Sobel, Guest Speaker. Seated in front: Eliana Steinberg and Matan Eilat.
“The Adams Fellowships program
is my late father’s legacy philanthropic project, and it is an honor to represent him as we greet the new class of Adams Fellows. My father believed deeply in education, despite being prevented from realizing his own dreams of higher education, due to the outbreak of the Second World War and the Holocaust in his native Romania. I congratulate this year’s impressive group of Adams Fellows, and wish them academic and personal success in pursuing their PhDs.”, said the family’s representative, Sylvan Adams.
This year the seminar hosted Prof. Noam Sobel, Director of the Azrieli National Center for Human Brain Imaging and Research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, who delivered a lecture on “BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS: HUMAN SOCIAL CHEMOSIGNALING IN HEALTH AND DISEASE.”
Prof. Noam Sobel
This year fellows are:
Mr. Nitzan Aframian, Tel Aviv University
Field of Research: Life Sciences
Mr. Amir Burshtein, Tel Aviv University
Field of Research: Physics
Ms. Shir Cohen, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology
Field of Research: Computer Science
Mr. Matan Eilat, Weizmann Institute of Science
Field of Research: Mathematics
Mr. Omer Granek, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology
Field of Research: Physics
Ms. Eliana Steinberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Field of Research: Pharmacology