NLI Fellowships

For more than 120 years, the National Library of Israel (NLI) in Jerusalem has been a world center for the preservation of Jewish thought and culture. NLI holds the largest collections of written Judaica, Jewish and Israeli music, as well as world-class collections of manuscripts, ancient maps, rare books, photographs, archival materials, and more.  Mandated to serve as the national library for both the State of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide, NLI is currently in the midst of a transformative renewal process driven by the principle of opening access to its treasures for diverse local and international audiences. The renewal is taking place in the realm of content, with a wide range of cultural, educational, and technological initiatives already under way, as well as in the physical realm, with the construction of a new landmark facility in the heart of Jerusalem adjacent to the Knesset.
In an effort to enhance the quality of courses, instruction, and research in Jewish Studies at universities throughout the world, a Visiting Fellowship program has been created by Yad Hanadiv and the Beracha Foundation, together with the National Library of Israel.

Fellowships are awarded each year to scholars in Jewish and Israel studies, who hold non-tenured university positions at the time of their application. Fellows will spend a year in Israel, pursuing their research, while meeting regularly with a senior scholar in their field who will serve as an academic advisor. Fellows will also gain access to resources and archives across Israel in addition to the guidance of the NLI curators and staff. The Fellowship offers young scholars not only financial and professional assistance but also the opportunity to interact and be part of an international community of scholars.

The Fellowship is open to scholars of all disciplines studying different aspects of the Jewish experience; be it historical, philosophical, sociological or cultural.

Candidates wishing to apply for a Fellowship for the 2017/2018 academic year must meet the following criteria:
1.    Dissertations must be submitted by 1 April 2017, with the Ph.D. degree awarded before the beginning of the fellowship period.
2.    Ph.D. degree must have been obtained on or after 1 September 2011.
3.    Permanent non-Israeli residence.
4.    Courses taught by the candidate must be specifically in Jewish Studies.

Amount of Fellowship
The Fellowship for 2017/18 will be in the amount of ILS 130,000. A family allowance of ILS 10,500 per accompanying family member will be added where applicable. Fellows will also be entitled to a modest travel grant. Expenses for housing and medical care are the sole responsibility of the Fellow.

Deadline for receipt of applications:  31 January 2017.
Applicants will be advised as to the Steering Committee decision by 1 March 2017.

Further information and application forms may be obtained from:

Before submitting, please read the application guidelines.
Application Form
Application Form