General Information

Welcome to the Feinberg Graduate School

Founded in 1958, the Feinberg Graduate School (FGS) is the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science. As a student at the Feinberg Graduate School, you will be able to immerse yourself fully in research and study, and work directly with research groups conducting groundbreaking and innovative research in their fields.

The Feinberg Graduate School is named after the parents of the late Abraham Feinberg LL.B. (USA), the founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The First Dean of the Feinberg Graduate School was Prof. Joseph Gillis.

Mission

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

Study Tracks and Fields of Study

The Feinberg Graduate School offers the following study tracks:

The main fields of study and research are: Physical Sciences | Chemical Sciences | Life Sciences | Mathematics and Computer Science | Science Teaching.

Recognition

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

The official language of instruction at the Feinberg Graduate School is English. This enables international students to benefit from its programs.

Non-discrimination Policy

The only criteria for admission to the Feinberg Graduate School is academic excellence and integrity. The Feinberg Graduate 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. See How to Apply for MSc Studies.

Fellowships

All students at the Feinberg Graduate School receive fellowships so that they can devote their time to research and study. For further information, see Fellowships and Aid.

Tuition

All students at the Feinberg Graduate School are exempted from paying tuition fees.

Areas of Study and Research

Physical Sciences

Astrophysics

High energy astrophysics | relativistic plasma astrophysics | supernova explosions | dynamics of stellar systems | observational astronomy | black holes | dark matter and dark energy | cosmic radiation | neutron stars and pulsars | astrophysics of neutrinos |

Condensed Matter Physics

Mesoscopic physics | semiconductors and submicron devices | high-temperature superconductivity | correlated electrons | quantum Hall effect | quantum phase transitions | ultra-cold gases | quantum computers |

Particle Physics

Statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics | hydrodynamics | classical and quantum chaos |

Physics of Complex Systems

Statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics | hydrodynamics | classical and quantum chaos |

Biological Physics

Physics of the cell | single molecule experiments | nanodosimetry and digital radiography |

Optics

Ultra-fast devices and nonlinear phenomena | laser cooling | quantum optics | nano-optics | laser physics | quantum information |


Chemical Sciences

Biological Physics and Soft Matter | Environmental Sciences | Materials & Bio-materials | Nano Sciences | Organic Chemistry | Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics | Structural and Molecular Biology |


Life Sciences

Molecular Cell Biology

Structure, function and regulation of cellular mechanisms | mechanisms of intracellular communication |

Molecular Genetics

Developmental biology | differentiation and apoptosis |

Biochemistry/Biophysics

Roles of proteins in signaling | trafficking | maintenance of DNA integrity and gene expression I

Immunology

Cellular and humoral responses, autoimmune processes, transplantation, hematopoiesis, tumor immunology |

Neurobiology

Brain research, the links between brain and behavior, regeneration of neural systems |

Plant Sciences

Plant studies in the genome era, development, responses to the environment |

Biological Regulation

Growth and fertility | regulation of normal and malignant processes |

Bioinformatics

Understanding the genome and its implications on gene expression systems | Multi-disciplinary studies in the Life Sciences and the Exact Sciences | Combining practical work and theoretical analysis in various biological systems |


Mathematics and Computer Science

Computability, Complexity and Algorithms | Cryptography | Combinatorics, Probability and Randomness in Computations | Semantics, Logic and Verification | Computer Vision, Robotics and Brain Research | Bioinformatics, Computational Biology | Algebra, Algebraic Geometry | Geometry and Representation Theory | Analysis (Classic and Modern) and its applications | Scientific Computations and Mathematical Models | Control, Optimization and Mathematical Economics | Differential Equations and Dynamic Systems | Stochastic Processes |


Science Teaching

Physics | Chemistry | Biology | Mathematics | Computer Science | Earth Sciences | Science and Technology for Middle School |

Management

The Feinberg Graduate School is headed by a Dean, who receives the assistance of the FGS Academic Secretary and of a Steering Committee consisting of the directors of FGS five Research Schools. The Graduate School Office, headed by a Director Operations, coordinates all the services, activities and duties for which the School is responsible.

Framework

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 and laboratory work; admission of students; and evaluation of their progress in both research and studies. The instructors and mentors of students at the Feinberg Graduate School are Weizmann Institute of Science faculty members, as are most of the lecturers teaching the courses offered by the FGS.

Non-degree Undergraduate Programs

The Feinberg Graduate School runs non-degree undergraduate programs designed to offer their participants an opportunity to experience science by becoming part of a research group at the Weizmann Institute. The goal is to support and cultivate the interest of undergraduate students in pursuing a career in the sciences and strengthen their curiosity and commitment through real laboratory experiences. The programs are:

Postdoctoral Training

The Feinberg Graduate School is also responsible for the administrative and academic aspects of the postdoctoral training at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Applications

Applications to the PhD tracks and postdoctoral fellowships 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. See the Admissions section to find out how to apply to each of the study programs.