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Special Fellowships for Russian Researchers

Following the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, many members of the scientific and academic community of Russia had to flee the country because of their disagreement with the government’s policy. These people find themselves in trying circumstances abroad. As an immediate response, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities is offering to fund up to 10 Emergency Fellowships for Russian researchers throughout the year, to allow them the opportunity to continue their scientific work in Israel.
  • The application process will take place solely through the rectors of Israel’s universities.
  • The funds will be distributed from the Academy to the universities, for them to directly support the researchers.
  • The fellowships will be for the duration of up to three months, with an option for an extension of two more months. 
  • The fellowships will cover international travel costs for the researcher, and lodging and living expenses, up to a total of at most 25,000 NIS (ca. 7,600 USD) per researcher for the three-month period.
I. The fellowship program is open to candidates of Russian Nationality who left the Russian Federation in the course of the invasion of Ukraine and who reside outside Russia at the time of their application.
II. The fellowship program is open to candidates from all academic disciplines.
III. The candidates must hold a PhD degree.
IV. The candidates should be researchers affiliated with a Russian university or research institute, or members of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
V. Candidates are required to have been accepted as visiting researchers at one of the following Israeli universities (in alphabetical order): Ariel University, Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Open University of Israel, Reichman University, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa, Weizmann Institute of Science.
The fellowships will be awarded based on academic excellence, without regard to religion, gender, age or ethnicity.
Submission Guidelines
The following material should be submitted by the rector of the host institute, in English, in a single PDF file per candidate, in the following order:
1. Letter of commitment on formal letterhead to host the candidate for up to 3 months.
2. CV and List of Publications.
3. One page description of the candidate’s proposed research.
The submission file should be sent to Mrs. Batsheva Shor, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, at the following address: with the subject “Application Material for Dr./Prof. NAME OF CANDIDATE”. 
Selection Process
A committee comprising members of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities will evaluate the candidates based on academic and research excellence and will decide on the awardees.
Awardees’ and Host Institutions’ Commitments:
1. The host university must report any change in or termination of the awardee's visit.
2. Any publication resulting from the research activities conducted during the research visit should acknowledge the support of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
3. The awardees are allowed to receive additional fellowships in the same period.
4. The fellowship will not be subject to any overhead charges.

For further information, please contact Meira Brandwein at

This fellowship program is no longer open for applications.

Following are the names of the guest researchers from Russia who are being hosted at Israel’s universities on this program:

1. Dr. Tatyana Baturina, Physics, BAR-ILAN UNIVERSITY

2. Dr Dmitry Biriukov, Dept of Russian and Slavic Studies, HEBREW UNIVERSITY

3. Dr Vladimir Bratov, Dept of Marine Geosciences, UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA

4. Dr Alexander Guterman, Mathematics/host laboratory, WEIZMANN INSTITUTE

5. Prof. Edward Hirsch, Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, TECHNION

6. Prof. Viktor Khroul, Faculty of Education, UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA

7. Dr Arseniy Kumankov, Dept of Sociology, Political Science & Communication, OPEN UNIVERSITY

8. Dr Ilya Osterman, Faculty of Life Sciences, BAR-ILAN UNIVERSITY

9. Prof. Maria Ovsjannikova, Dept of Linguistics, HEBREW UNIVERSITY

10. Prof. Igor Rozhansky, Dept of Condensed Matter Physics, WEIZMANN INSTITUTE

11. Dr Anna Sokolova, Dept of General History, TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

12. Prof. Ilona Svetlikova, Dept of Literature, OPEN UNIVERSITY

13. Prof. Natalia Tsilevich, Mathematics, WEIZMANN INSTITUTE

14. Dr Alexander Zorin, Dept of Comparative Religion/Asian Studies, HEBREW UNIVERSITY

15. Dr Maksim Zhukovskii, Dept of Chemical and Structural Biology, WEIZMANN INSTITUTE