To the Steering and Approval Committee of the Adams Fellowship Program
The prestigious Adams Fellowships are designated for outstanding Israeli doctoral students in the exact sciences, mathematics and computer science and engineering. Thus far, they have been awarded to 135 promising young researchers in fifteen cycles. Prof. Moshe Oren, Academy Member and Professor of Molecular Biology at the Weizmann Institute, is the current chairperson of the program’s Steering and Approval Committee.
Adams Fellowships are granted each year to about eight doctoral students in the second year of their doctoral studies, for periods of up to four consecutive academic years. Candidates are submitted by the academic institutions from among their students. Fellowship recipients are exempted by their institutions from tuition.
Today each fellowship is in the amount of NIS 100,000 per year. In addition, the Adams Fellowship Program allots each fellow up to $US 3,000 per year of the fellowship for active participation in international scientific conferences and workshops, research collaboration or travel to interview for postdoctoral positions abroad, when their travel will contribute meaningfully to furthering their professional careers.
Application is made solely through the rectors of Israel’s research universities. The careful screening processes conducted by the universities and the Academy's professional committee for the program ensure that the grantees represent the elite of Israel's future scientists in their fields. The 135 fellows to date – 98 men and 37 women – include 32 (17 of them women) in the fields of medicine and the life sciences, 38 (6 of them women) in mathematics and computer science, 23 in physics, 18 in electrical engineering, 12 in chemistry, 2 in nano-science, 3 in mechanical engineering, 3 in earth and environmental sciences and one each in evolution, civil engineering, aerodynamics and industrial engineering.
The Adams Fellows, a cadre of Israel's most outstanding young researchers, boast impressive achievements in research and publications in the most prominent professional journals, such as Science, PNAS and Cell. They have been accepted for postdoctoral training in the world’s most prestigious institutions, such as Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Yale and the Broad Institute, and they are sought out to fill faculty positions in Israel and abroad.
As of May 2019, the program had 100 graduates, 45 of whom have returned to faculty positions in Israel. 7 hold faculty positions abroad, 16 are in the high-tech/bio-tech industries in Israel, 5 are in industry abroad, 2 are MD/PhD researchers at Beilinson Hospital – Rabin Medical Center, 3 are in postdoctoral positions in Israel, and 22 are still in postdoctoral positions abroad.
The following doctoral students were awarded Adams Fellowships for 2019–2020:
Mr. Ron Efrat, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Desert Studies
Mr. Roi Dann, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Chemistry
Mr. Renan Gross, Weizmann Institute of Science, Mathematics
Mr. Aviv Karnieli, Tel Aviv University, Physics
Mr. Yaron Laufer, Bar-Ilan University, Electrical Engineering
Mr. Lior Rotem, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Computer Science
Ms. Aseel Shomar, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering
Mr. Shai Tsesses, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering
The program’s bilingual (English/Hebrew) website contains information on the fellows of previous cycles and the personal pages of all current fellows and alumni. It also displays general information, Calls for Applications and detailed reports on the program's activities, including videos of the lectures at program-sponsored seminars and photographs taken at seminars, conferences and field trips.
In order to create a young science community, Adams Fellows and alumni are provided with the opportunity to create friendships among themselves, at meetings, lectures by world-renowned scientists, and annual conferences and seminars, all of which take place at the Israel Academy. They also participate in field trips and in Science Communication Workshops that prepare them to present their research at international conferences.
The 2019 Adams Seminar took place on May 7, 2019, with the participation of Linda Adams-Troy, daughter of Marcel Adams, and her brother Sylvan Adams and his wife Margaret, who made aliya to Israel in 2016 and settled in Tel Aviv. Israel Academy President Prof. Nili Cohen greeted the audience, and Adams Committee Chair Prof. Moshe Oren delivered the opening address. The guest speaker was Shai Efrati, Professor of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and Director of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research, who lectured on "A New Approach to Brain Healing." Linda Adams-Troy and Sylvan Adams greeted the grantees on behalf of the Adams Family. At the following garden party, Prof. Cohen raised a toast in honor of Marcel Adams' 99th birthday.
Later on in May 2019. the Adams Fellows participated in Science Communication Workshops at the Academy, under the expert tutelage of Inbal Amir, to polish their skills in presenting their research effectively at international scientific conferences and job interviews. In an intensive learning experience of three consecutive days that included both theory and practice, the fellows, in groups of eight, learned how to "translate" comprehensive, complicated research, rich in levels and nuances, into an effective and fascinating story.
The 2019 annual conference, held on January 28, 2020, was led by Adams Committee Chair Prof. Moshe Oren, with the participation of Academy President Prof. Nili Cohen. The guest lecturers were Academy Member Prof. Yadin Dudai of the Weizmann Institute, Chairperson of the Academy's Sciences Division, who lectured on "The Future of Human Memory"; Academy Member Prof. Shimon Ullman of the Weizmann Institute, who lectured on "The Age of Intelligent Machines"; Academy Member Prof. Eli Keshet of the Hebrew University, who lectured on "The Quest for Healthy Ageing: A Vascular-Centered Approach"; and Dr. Moran Yassour of the Hebrew University, who lectured on "How to Choose the Postdoc Lab That is Best for You." A poster competition, with financial prizes for the winners, was judged by participating alumni fellows.