Following the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities funded Emergency Fellowships for Russian Researchers who had to flee the country because of their disagreement with the government’s policy. In April 2022, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities awarded fellowships for Russian researchers to allow them the opportunity to continue their scientific work in Israel for a duration of three months.
The fellowship program was open to candidates of Russian Nationality who left the Russian Federation during the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and who resided outside Russia at the time of their application. The awardees were researchers representing a variety of academic disciplines and affiliations with Russian universities or research institutes, including members of the Russian Academy of Sciences. A committee comprising members of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities evaluated the candidates and decided on the awardees; granting fifteen fellowships based exclusively on academic excellence, without regard to religion, gender, age or ethnicity.
The application process took place solely through the rectors of Israel’s universities and the funds were distributed from the Academy to the universities, for them to directly support the researchers. The fellowships covered international travel costs for the researcher, and lodging and living expenses, up to a total of 25,000 NIS (7,600 USD) per researcher.
Following are the names of the guest researchers from Russia who took part in this fellowship program, their areas of academic research and their host universities in Israel.
1. Dr. Tatyana Baturina, Physics, hosted by Bar-Ilan University
2. Dr. Dmitry Biriukov, Russian and Slavic Studies, hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
3. Dr. Vladimir Bratov, Marine Geosciences, hosted by Haifa University
4. Dr. Alexander Guterman, Mathematics, hosted by the Weizmann Institute of Science
5. Prof. Edward Hirsch, Industrial Engineering and Management, hosted by the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology
6. Prof. Viktor Khroul, Education, hosted by Haifa University
7. Dr. Arseniy Kumankov, Sociology, Political Science & Communication, hosted by the Open University of Israel
8. Dr. Ilya Osterman, Life Sciences, hosted by Bar-Ilan University
9. Prof. Maria Ovsjannikova, Linguistics, hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
10. Prof. Igor Rozhansky, Condensed Matter Physics, hosted by the Weizmann Institute of Science
11. Dr. Anna Sokolova, History, hosted by Tel Aviv University
12. Prof. Ilona Svetlikova, Literature, hosted by the Open University of Israel
13. Prof. Natalia Tsilevich, Mathematics, hosted by the Weizmann Institute of Science
14. Dr. Alexander Zorin, Comparative Religion and Asian Studies, hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
15. Dr. Maksim Zhukovskii, Chemical and Structural Biology, hosted by the Weizmann Institute of Science