About FGS

The Feinberg Graduate School [FGS], the educational arm of The Weizmann Institute of Science, was founded in 1958. The Graduate School is named after the parents of the late Abraham Feinberg LL.B. (USA), the founding Chairman of the FGS Board of Trustees. The First Dean was Prof. Joseph Gillis.


The Graduate School's goal is the advanced training of new generations of creative and original researchers in the natural sciences and mathematics, or, in other words, the education of future scientific leaders. Therefore, all FGS students are directly involved in the research conducted at the Institute.


The Feinberg Graduate School is accredited by the Council for Higher Education in Israel and chartered as a higher education institution in the State of New York, U.S.A.

Language of Instruction
The official language of instruction at FGS is English. This enables international students to also benefit from its programs.

The only criterion for admission to the School is academic excellence and integrity. The School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, and ethnic origin to all the programs, privileges, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School.
All FGS students receive fellowships so that they can devote their time to research and study.
Tuition Fees

All FGS students are exempted from paying tuition fees.
The FGS is headed by a Dean, assisted by a Steering Committee consisting of the directors of the Research Schools. The Graduate School Office, headed by a Director and Academic secretary, coordinates the operations of the school. Studies at FGS are conducted within the framework of research schools. Each school is headed by a director appointed by the FGS Dean.  Each director is assisted by a Board of Studies. The director of each school coordinates all activities in the relevant field of study. These include: guidelines for academic requirements, courses, laboratory work, admission of students, and evaluation of their progress in both research and studies. The instructors and mentors of FGS students are Weizmann Institute of Science faculty members as are most of the lecturers teaching the courses offered by FGS.
Major Fields of Study and Research
Study programs are offered in five major fields of study:

  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Science Teaching.

Study Tracks

  • Regular MSc Track
  • Non-thesis MSc Track in Science Teaching (The Rothschild-Weizmann Program)
  • Direct PhD Track
  • Regular PhD Track
  • PhD Tracks for MD's
  • Teaching Certificate Program

Applications to the PhD tracks are accepted throughout the year, while applications to the MSc degree must be received before the end of March for the following academic year, typically beginning in late October.