Women in Science

The Israel National Postdoctoral Program for Advancing Women in Science

A priority project of the Weizmann Institute of Science

Worldwide, there are relatively few women scientists as compared to men. The same problem exists in Israel, and the potential consequences are worrisome: A small country with few natural resources to count on, Israel relies on human talent to drive its economy. Therefore, enlarging the ranks of women in science, and ensuring their brainpower is nurtured and leveraged, is a societal priority.

To take on this challenge, the Weizmann Institute of Science runs a nationwide fellowship program offering financial support to outstanding female PhD graduates of all Israeli institutions of higher learning. It's a one-of-a-kind program whose purpose is to enable female scientists’ postdoctoral training at leading international institutions for two to four years, with the objective that they return to Israel for an academic career. The fellowships offered by the Israel National Postdoctoral Program for Advancing Women in Science are offered in addition to other means of support secured by the candidates themselves.

Prof. Daniella Goldfarb from the Department of Chemical Physics is the President’s Advisor for Advancing Women in Science. Describing the importance of this very unique program, Prof. Goldfarb says, "As the fellowship is highly competitive, receiving it is very positive reassurance for the scientist that they are good enough and should not give up. This argument can also be used to convince the spouse, who must leave his own career, to join his partner."



Our Leading Supporters:

  • Clore Israel Foundation
  • Kaplan Family Fund, USA
  • Francie and Stuart Klein, Canada
  • Pearl Welinsky Merlo Foundation, Ellen Merlo, USA
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation, USA
  • Rueff-Wormser Postdoctoral Fellowship, USA-UK
  • Marla Schaefer, USA
  • S. Donald Sussman, USA

See the supporters page for a list of all supporters.