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IIAS Jerusalem Call for Proposals for Research Groups

The Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) is a center for intellectual inquiry that supports collaborative research groups (RGs). The essence of the RGs is the curiosity-driven research in all academic fields covering mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. RGs are selected to expand the boundaries of current knowledge by introducing new methodologies, promoting original thinking and exploring new ideas. 

Each Collaborative Research Groups (RGs) hosts a group of scholars from Israel and abroad who convene in residency at the IIAS in Jerusalem. The IIAS provides a nurturing, stimulating academic environment for reaching academic excellence in all research disciplines.

The goal of the RG selection is to bring together a diverse group of scholars that are engaged in a research question that is expected to benefit from an integrative thinking and a rich dialogue among scholars. RGs are expected to expand individual fellows’ research. Interdisciplinarity and cross-fertilization with genuine complementarity of scholarships are considered.

The IIAS is open to RG applications from scholars in all countries and all disciplines. The expectation is that the RG period of residence will result in creative and original research that will be shared with the international research communities.

Call for Proposals for Research Groups at the IIAS

A Research Group supported by the IIAS (RG) is a diverse group of scholars (Fellows) brought together by an organizer (s) to engage in research questions of common interest in a collaborative manner.

Topics may cover any research topic from any discipline, with an interdisciplinary element, and must seek to be innovative with potential impact on research in the field. Proposals previously rejected may be resubmitted twice more. Our expectation is that the RG residency will result in creative and original research that can be shared with the international research community. RG size is flexible, ranging from 5 to 8 core Fellows and may also include a postdoctoral fellow and visiting scholars.

RG Fellows participate in group integrative thinking and rich dialogue, while advancing their own individual research. Fellows spend their residency at the IIAS, located at the Edmond J. Safra Givat Ram campus of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The IIAS provides RG Fellows with a nurturing and stimulating academic environment, as well as administrative support. Fellows from abroad receive a generous fellowship and subsidized family accommodation.

Research Group Application Information


Research Groups – Timeline

Research Group application submissions take place once a year.

There are two stages for submission: a pre-proposal and a proposal submission online. The process of application is competitive. The IIAS considers academic excellence to be the dominant criterion.  Proposed topics similar to research groups in residence in recent years are less likely to be selected.

Prior to submitting a pre-proposal, the initiator must fill out an online RG Initial Form requesting to begin the process for submitting a proposal. The request will be approved by the IIAS and once it is approved, the initiator will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to proceed to the Pre-proposal submission stage.

Members are welcome to consult with the IIAS on academic and administrative matters prior to submitting a final application.

  • 1 April 2019 Accepting pre-proposals & personal meetings with IIAS Director
  • 31 July 2019 Pre-proposal submission deadline
  • 1 Sept 2019 Accepting Proposals
  • 1 Dec 2019 Proposal submission deadline

Evaluation Process

IIAS Committees

The Academic Committees and the IIAS Board of Directors oversee the proposals to endure the diversity and balance of topics and disciplines for the academic year.

The IIAS has two Academic Committees: (i) for evaluating proposals in the Natural Sciences and (ii) for evaluating proposals in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Its members are listed on our website.

Short List

All proposals are reviewed and evaluated by the IIAS Academic Committees who will select a number of proposals to be includedon a short list. Notification of rejection will be sent to all other proposal initiators. Proposals that have been selected for the short list will be evaluated by external referees. The majority of the external referees are from abroad. Each proposal will be evaluated by at least 3 external referees in addition to the assessment of the Academic Committee members.

Upon receiving approval of the proposal in the short list the proposal initiator is required to submit an updated and confirmed listing of all group participants with their explicit consent, and to complete missing information (e.g. CVs, change in academic status, key visiting scholars). In addition, the initiators should address specific comments and requests raised during the evaluation process (when appropriate).

Submission of a detailed proposal does not constitute a commitment on the part of the IIAS or the nominees until a proposal receives final approval. Nominees must be informed that their appointment is subject to the approval of the IIAS Academic Committees.

Post-acceptance steps

The IIAS asks the initiator of an accepted Research Group to schedule a meeting with the IIAS Director and Administrative Director during July 2020. The agreement between the initiator and the IIAS will be signed in order to clarify the commitment of the group initiator. Additional practical and budget information will be shared with the RG initiators.

Nominee consent is considered a "declaration of intent." Once a group has been created and fellows and visitors have been approved, any changes to the list of participants or the status of a participant must be determined in consultation with the IIAS Director and the Academic Committees. Any change in the approved list of Research Group members should be justified in writing by the group initiator and approved by the IIAS Director and representatives of the Academic Committees.


IIAS encourages scholars and scientists from around the world to submit proposals for RGs. All scientific research topics or fields of study are eligible for application. The IIAS Director and the Academic Committees may encourage the initiation of a RG.

Former fellows may participate in new RGs once seven years have elapsed from the end of their previous term to the beginning of the academic year in which the new residency is to take place.

Period of Residence

The Institute's academic year runs from September 1 to August 31. Proposals should include a request for a 10-month, 5-month or 3-month stay.

  • The 10-month groups convene September 1.
  • The 5-month groups convene September 1 or March 1.
  • The 3-month groups convene September 1, March 1, or May 1.

Applicants should be aware that the scheduling of RGs is limited by the number of groups chosen, the length of their residence at the Institute and the availability of faculty workspace and fellow apartments. Efforts will be made to satisfy the scheduling preferences of each group.

Creating and Composing a Research Group

Research Groups are organized by a proposal initiator(s) who nominates at least five and no more than eight candidate fellows (total number including the initiator is not to exceed 8). These scholars (i.e. core fellows) will be in residence at the IIAS for the entire residency period of the RG.

The selection of candidates should strategically strengthen the collaborative work of the Research Group. The IIAS encourages the participation of early and mid-career fellows. Inadequate representation of women in the RG will negatively affect its chances of receiving funding.

Samples of successful proposals can be found on our website.

Initiator - Definition and Role

  • There may be a maximum of two initiators per RG, preferably from different institutes, and ideally one from Israel and one from abroad.
  • Initiators must have completed a PhD in their field of research.
  • Initiators must hold a faculty position at a research university in Israel or abroad.
  • Initiators are responsible for selecting the most appropriate scholars for composing a RG.
  • Initiators are responsible for submitting a pre-proposal and for arranging a meeting with the IIAS Director.
  • Initiators submit the application on behalf of the RG candidate fellows, and must update the IIAS on any changes in the RG fellow composition after the submission of the proposal.
  • Following approval of the RG, initiators are responsible for sharing information with the fellows and visiting scholars, appointing a research assistant for the group, coordinating special needs with the IIAS and building a detailed plan for the residency period (including weekly seminars and other weekly activities).
  • Following approval of the RG, the initiator is responsible for compiling a mailing list of Israeli researchers, graduate students and postdocs in the RGs field of research and sharing this list with the IIAS.
  • The initiator is expected to be in continuous interaction with the IIAS concerning administrative and academic issues.
  • The initiator will communicate with the RG fellows and long term scholars the expectation for contributing a public/outreach lecture.

Core Fellows

  • A fellow must hold a faculty position at a research university in Israel or abroad.
  • A fellow must have completed a PhD degree in his/her field of expertise and be active in scholarly and academic activities.
  • No more than two scholars may be nominated from the same institution. Exceptions must be justified and require the approval of the Academic Committees.
  • At least half of the RG fellows should be from abroad.
  • A full-time appointment may only be shared between scholars in the case of a 10-month residency, one residency position may be shared between two fellows (i.e. 5 months each).
  • Group members need not have worked together or collaborated on research in the past.
  • Postdoctoral scholars from Israel and abroad may be accepted as fellows under these conditions:
    • They must have approval for PhD submission at the time of the RG proposal submission.
    • Fellows are considered to be postdocs only within three years of their PhD approval.

Long Term Visiting Scholars

In addition to the full-time appointments (core fellows), RGs may invite short and long-term visitors to the IIAS.

  • Visiting scholars may be international or local.
  • The minimum stay for a short-term scholar is three weeks (15 working days).
  • Long-term visiting scholars may visit more than once during the residency period. Travel expenses are limited to visits longer than three weeks. The maximum reimbursement available for individual scholars is limited to two visits for a 10 month RG, and one visit for a 5-month RG.

Residency Terms and Conditions

Attendance and Absences

Fellows are required to spend the working day at the Institute in order to facilitate group meetings and seminars. They are expected to be present at the IIAS five days per week for a full 8 hours per day.

Fellows are entitled to leaves of absence: maximum 20 working days for fellows in 10-month groups, 10 working days for fellows in 5-month groups and 6 days for fellows in 3-month groups. These include absences for personal and medical reasons as well as the fulfillment of academic or professional obligations (e.g. participation in international conferences). Expenses for such outside academic/professional obligations will not be reimbursed by the IIAS. Absences must be reported as soon as possible. Approval for the absence will be granted on an individual basis. Absences beyond the permitted allowance will result in deductions from the fellow’s monthly stipend.

Research Assistant

RGs may hire an assistant for a maximum of 11 weekly hours, paid in accordance with the university’s PhD fellowship rate. Assistants are graduate students (MSc/PhD) in fields of study closely related to the group's area of research.

Research Group Activities

During its term of residency, the RG is expected to conduct activities and participate in events.

Weekly Seminars

During its term of residency, RGs are required to hold weekly seminars. Seminar times must be coordinated with IIAS staff. Seminars may be open to guests, closed or by invitation only. The RG research assistant is responsible for coordinating seminar topics, registration and distributing invitations. In addition, fellows are expected to establish working relationships with PhD students, postdocs, and scholars from Israel in their fields of expertise. Networking opportunities will be available during weekly or monthly seminars, conferences, and workshops. Fellows are encouraged to further pursue such collaborations in other mediums as well.

RG Conference/Workshop

RGs are expected to hold a conference or workshop during its term of residency. The IIAS funds the conference (up to $10,000) and provides logistical assistance and coordination of the conference.

RG organizers are encouraged to seek additional sources of funding.

Reunion workshop (limited funding): RGs are invited to hold a reunion meeting within three years from the end of the residency. The IIAS funds the event (up to $7000). We encourage RG organizers to seek additional sources of funding.

Outreach Lecture

RGs are expected to provide at least one outreach lecture by a fellow or long term visiting scholar during its residency. The lecture must be given in English. IIAS will prepare a poster and distribute the announcement of the lecture.

IIAS and RG Social and Cultural Events

During their residency, fellows are expected to participate in social and cultural events as well as formal events organized by IIAS (i.e. Bruno award ceremony, fellow tours, movie screenings, etc.).

Group Dinner – Fellows may attend a group dinner at a restaurant in Jerusalem. Dinner expenses for the fellows is covered by the IIAS. Spouses/partners are invited at their own expense.

Group Tour – Fellows may propose a tour (relevant or not to the topic of the group) as part of the RG activities. IIAS will assist with expenses, ideas and logistics (bus, food, guide, etc.).

RG and Fellows Reports

The RG is required to submit a midterm report, conference report, and final report.

Fellows will be requested to submit a personal reflection report at the end of their residency and within 2 weeks of departure.


Fellows must update the IIAS on any publications/presentations/awards that the IIAS has contributed to (i.e. an authored or edited book, keynote talks, journal articles). This applies to the period during and following the end of the residency. An Acknowledgement must appear in the book/publication that it originated/was initiated or supported by the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) during the author’s period of residency. Fellows should also provide the IIAS with a hard copy of the book/publication.

RGs are eligible for up to $10,000 in support of a joint publication. The publication should be a joint project by the RG fellows. This fund is available for three years from the beginning of the RG residency.

Residency Conditions

General Residency Conditions for fellows and long-term scholars are as follows:

Temporary Faculty Card

All IIAS Fellows will receive a Hebrew University Visitor’s card, which allows for access to the various libraries on Hebrew University campuses, serves as a means of identification on all campuses, and is required for membership in the Belgium House (Beit Belgia) Faculty Club, Cosell Sports Center, etc.

Office Resources

All fellows receive office space and computer facilities. Offices are equipped with a desktop computer, printer connection, phone, bookshelf and basic office supplies. Wi-Fi Free Wi-Fi is available on all Hebrew University campuses.

Daily Lunch

Participation in the daily lunch is an essential element of life at the IIAS. Dairy and vegetarian food is served Sunday through Thursday, between 12:30-13:30, at a subsidized rate of NIS 400 per month. Fellows are welcome to invite guests for lunch at the cost of NIS 40 per additional meal. RG organizers receive 10 guest coupons for lunch per semester.

Parking at Givat Ram

Parking is available on the Givat Ram campus. Please see Efrat Shvily (Room 32) to arrange for parking permits.

University Sports Facilities

The Cosell Sports Center offers a membership for fellows at a reduced rate. The center has a pool, spa and physical fitness center.

Residency Conditions for Core Fellows from Abroad

Flight Expenses and Taxi Service from Ben Gurion Airport

Core fellows from abroad receive flight reimbursement (roundtrip economy class) as per Hebrew University regulations.

A spouse/partner joining the fellow for a long-term period (that is, >60% of the residency period), will receive flight reimbursement as well (economy class). The same criteria apply for children under the age of 18.

The IIAS covers the cost of taxi service from the airport to Jerusalem and back (at the start and end of the residency).

Shipping Expenses Coverage

Reimbursement is available for up to $500 for fellows arriving from North America, Australia, or Japan and up to $300 for fellows arriving from Europe. This amount may be divided into shipments to and from Jerusalem.

Monthly Stipend

RG fellows receive a monthly stipend of $6,000 for each full month of residency. Apartment utilities and lunch payments will be deduced from this sum.

Postdoc RG fellows receive a monthly stipend of $3,000. Payment shall cover the actual period of stay at the IIAS.


The IIAS provides fellows from abroad with an apartment in Jerusalem for the duration of their residency - rent-free. Fellows must pay utilities (approximately $400 per month).

Fellows who wish to arrange their own accommodations (e.g. rental swap) should first consult with the IIAS staff.

All apartments offered to IIAS fellows are completely furnished. Apartments also include basic appliances. Wi-Fi service is available in all the apartments and will be compatible with any computers/cell phones. The apartments are insured.

Residency Conditions for Core Fellows from Israel

Fellows affiliated with Hebrew University

Scholars must approach their Dean and Rector offices for approval to be a fellow at the IIAS for the relevant academic year.

Fellows are relieved from all administrative duties for the period of residency. During a 10-month residency, Fellows may teach up to four credit points (usually up to two credit points per semester).

Fellows affiliated with The Hebrew University will continue to receive their full salaries from The Hebrew University directly but will not accumulate sabbatical months.

Fellows affiliated with Israeli Universities (excluding HUJI)

Scholars must approach their Dean and Rector offices for approval to be a fellow at the IIAS during the relevant academic year. Each university may define details of the exchange agreement with the IIAS according to its own individual guidelines.

IIAS proposes the following 3 models:

FATMA - Fellows who are faculty members at research universities in Israel are required to utilize their sabbatical months in order to take up residence at IIAS (either full or part time). Their residence at IIAS will be considered "FATMA") - exemption from teaching. Fellows will continue to receive all academic and social benefits which accompany this status. For each month in which a fellow uses his/her FATMA status and is an active member of the Institute, IIAS will provide a fellow grant in the amount of 9,000 NIS per month (or 12,000 NIS for RG organizers, limited to two organizers). This fund is allotted for fellow residency needs only and available for use only during the period of the fellows' residency. Any remaining funds shall return to the IIAS at the end of the residency period.

Associated Fellow - Fellows will be able to teach up to one -third of their curricula at their home universities, limited to one day per week (e.g. 2 -4 hours a week). In cases in which a loss of teaching arises, IIAS will compensate the relevant university for 'teaching replacement’ payments up to 5,000 NIS per month of the fellows' residency, with the maximum compensation available being 50,000 NIS for a 10-month residency period. In such a case, the fellow will not be required to use his/her sabbatical months and also will not receive an IIAS fellow grant. Use of this model must be coordinated with the fellows’ home university.

Young Researcher - IIAS will fully compensate the salaries of young researchers during the first seven years of their appointments. The seven years will be measured from the start date of their appointment as faculty until the beginning of the academic year of their IIAS  residency.

Note: The two models – FATMA (teaching exemption status) and Associated Fellow (teaching compensation) – may be combined, for example: six months of FATMA and four months of Associated Fellow.

Postdoctoral Fellows

An Israeli fellow who is not yet affiliated with any university and has full confirmation and approval for his/her PhD (approval must be dated prior to start of residency) may join a Research Group as a fellow and receive the same stipend as a postdoc fellow from abroad ($3000/month).

Emeriti Fellows

A faculty member who is an emeritus during his/her residency at IIAS will not receive a stipend or payment but will have at his/her disposal a fellow emeritus grant in the amount of 3000 NIS/month (4000 NIS for emeritus RG organizers). This fund is allotted for fellow residency needs only and available for use only during the period of the fellows' residency. Any remaining funds shall return to the IIAS at the end of the residency period.

Accommodation for Israeli Fellows

If available, accommodation will be made available for Israeli fellows who live far away (e.g. Haifa) in the form of an apartment for the duration of their residency, rent-free. The fellows must pay utilities in the amount of approximately $400 per month.

We encourage Israeli fellows to share apartments.

Residency Conditions for Long-Term Visiting Scholars

Flight Reimbursement  and Taxi Service from Ben Gurion Airport

Long-term visiting scholars from abroad receive flight reimbursement for fellows (roundtrip economy class) as per Hebrew University regulations.

IIAS covers the cost of a taxi service from the airport to Jerusalem and back at the start and end of the residency.

Per Diem

Long-term visiting scholars from abroad receive a per diem of $40 for the duration of their stay at the IIAS.

Accommodation Arrangements

Long-term visiting scholars receive accommodation for the duration of their stays in one of the following formats:

  • IIAS apartments: Rent free, payment of utilities required (about 500 NIS per week). Utility payments will be shared by visitors when sharing an apartment.
  • If no apartments are available, the IIAS will seek other accommodation solutions (such as nearby hotels).
  • Scholars arriving for a period of a month or more will be offered the option of renting their own apartment in Jerusalem and receive reimbursement from the IIAS. The rental is limited to 1200$ /month.

Office Resources

Long-term visiting scholars receive office space and computer facilities. Offices are equipped with a desktop computer, printer connection, phone, bookshelf and basic office supplies. Scholars may occasionally be asked to share an office on need basis.

Application date
3-10 months
Middle East : Israel
Social sciences
Required post-doc experience
Between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
3-4 groups; ca. 40 fellows
Award granted
Up to US$ 6.000/month + housing + travel costs