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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Nuclear Physics

The goal of the postdoctoral fellowships in nuclear physics established by The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities is to expand and enhance academic excellence in this discipline in Israel. The fellowships are intended for outstanding young researchers interested in going abroad for postdoctoral training in nuclear physics at a leading foreign institution, for whom this will be their first postdoctorate abroad. The fellowship for the 2019–2020 academic year totals NIS 160,000 and is awarded for one year of study abroad, to be devoted entirely to nuclear physics research. Awardees may ask for the grant to be dispensed over the course of two years.
Candidates who meet the following criteria may submit applications:
  • Permanent resident of Israel
  • Holder of a PhD in physics earned after March 1, 2016, from an Israeli institute of higher education who has not yet had a postdoctoral position abroad, or a student currently writing a doctoral dissertation and expecting to receive the degree prior to June 1, 2019
Documents to be submitted (in PDF or Word format only):
  1. Application form (available for downloading on the Academy website).
  2. Copy of Israeli identity card.
  3. CV and list of publications. (CV format may be downloaded from Academy website. Please send the CV only in this format).
  4. A list of articles based on the candidate’s doctoral dissertation; if they are still unpublished; please attach them.
  5. Two letters of recommendation (one of them from the candidate’s dissertation supervisor), to be sent directly by the writers to Dr. Menny Kirma (at
  6. A letter from the academic host at the institution where the postdoctorate will take place, confirming that the student has been accepted for postdoctoral work in her/his group and setting out the research program to be carried out in his/her lab.
  7. The proposed research program for the postdoctorate (up to three pages).
Deadline for submission of applications:
Sunday, March 3, 2019.
Selection of Recipients:
The applications will be reviewed by a committee of the Israel Academy on the basis of scientific excellence. The Academy will notify applicants directly of its decision by April 15, 2019.
Applicants please note:
The Academy will inform the postdoctoral academic host of the terms of the fellowship. The fellowship recipient undertakes not to do any other work for the duration of the fellowship. However, recipients may accept a grant from another source for an annual amount of up to $40,000, provided that the researcher devotes all of her/his time to the research project in nuclear physics.
  • Candidates who have received grants exceeding $40,000 from other sources are not eligible for a grant from the Academy. Candidates are asked to inform the Academy when and if they are awarded grants from other sources.
  • The fellowship recipient undertakes to send Dr. Menny Kirma an annual report detailing the progress of the research project.
  • The postdoctoral studies must commence between June 1 and December 31, 2019.
  • The grant is intended only for a first postdoctorate abroad.
  • Researchers who have completed a postdoctorate abroad or doctoral students studying abroad are not eligible to apply.
  • Researchers holding permanent positions at Israeli universities are not eligible to apply.
How to apply; contact for further inquiries:
Applications should be emailed in Word or PDF format to:
Dr. Menny Kirma, Secretary, Sciences Division
Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Additional information and inquiries: tel. 02-567-6220