Duration and Termination

Postdoctoral Fellow Status

Postdoctoral fellow status at the Weizmann Institute of Science must commence within seven years of PhD or MD graduation, and is limited to within nine years of the date of your PhD or MD degree. Training in any postdoctoral fellowship category will be terminated if this nine-year limit is reached, regardless of the training durations detailed elsewhere on this website.

Total Period

The total period of postdoctoral training (regular and senior postdoctoral fellowship periods combined) at the Weizmann Institute of Science can be for up to five years. The length of the fellowship period of non-Israeli citizens is subject to the visa extension regulations of the Israeli Ministry of the Interior.

Regular Postdoctoral Fellowship Period

Regular postdoctoral fellowship period at the Weizmann Institute of Science can be for up to three years, with an option for a final extension for a fourth year for those who do not apply for a senior postdoctoral fellowship.

Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship Period

Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship period at the Weizmann Institute of Science can be for up to three years at the most. Note that since the entire postdoctoral training period at Weizmann is limited to five years, fellows that transfer to senior postdoctoral fellow status after three years of regular Weizmann postdoctoral fellowship will be limited to two years as senior postdoctoral fellows.

FGS Graduates

Graduates of the Feinberg Graduate School may stay on as postdoctoral fellows in the same PhD group for up to one year only.

FGS graduates may apply for regular postdoctoral training in a group different than the one in which they did their PhD research provided that the subject of the postdoctoral research is different than the subject of the PhD research, and the PhD advisor is not involved in that research (a signed statement is required).

FGS graduates may apply for Senior postdoctoral training only if they have completed at least two years of postdoctoral training at another academic institution. 

Former Visiting Students

Same rules as for FGS graduates apply to current/former visiting students whose cumulative stay in the same groups they wish to stay on (or rejoin) as postdoctoral fellows was more than two years.

Trial Period

A host scientist may require that the first three months of the postdoctoral training be considered as a trial period. If within the trial period the scientist decides to terminate the training of an international postdoctoral fellow then he/she is entitled to reimbursement of flight expenses back to his/her home country. This condition does not apply if the postdoctoral fellow moves to another research group at WIS.

A host scientist may decide to terminate the postdoctoral fellow's training during or at the end of the trial period, in which case he/she will be entitled to one month’s fellowship in lieu of notice.

If the postdoctoral fellow wishes to seek another host laboratory at the Weizmann Institute, the fellow must contact the Feinberg Graduate School and seek approval of the Head of the Program. Contacting potential hosts prior to a formal approval to do so from the Head of the Program is not allowed.

Early Termination of Training Period

By a host scientist
A host scientist may terminate the training period of a postdoc provided the following conditions are met:

  • If the termination is during the first year of training then notification must be sent, in writing, to the postdoctoral fellow at least three months in advance. If the termination is after the first year then the said notification must be sent at least two months in advance.
  • A copy of the notification must be sent to FGS, and the termination should be approved by the Chair of the Postdoctoral Program.
  • If the fellowship is supported by an external foundation (through an agreement signed between the foundation and the WIS), approval by the particular foundation or agency may also be required.

By a postdoc
A postdoc may end his/her training period provided the following conditions are met:

  • If it happens during the first year of the training period then notification must be sent, in writing, to the host scientist fellow at least three months in advance. Otherwise, if it happens after the first year then the said notification must be sent at least two months in advance.  These early notification periods can be shortened only upon approval by the Chair of the Postdoctoral Training Program.
  • A copy of the notification must be sent to the FGS.
  • If the fellowship is supported by an external foundation (through an agreement signed between the foundation and the WIS), approval by the particular foundation or agency may also be required.

Switching Research Groups

A postdoc may switch between research groups provided all the conditions below are met:

  • The switch is subject to a formal approval, in writing, by the Chair of the Postdoctoral Program at the WIS.
  • Contacting potential hosts at the WIS prior to the above-mentioned formal approval is strictly not allowed.
  • If the fellowship is supported by an external foundation (through an agreement signed between the foundation and the WIS), a formal approval by the particular foundation or agency may also be required.

FGS Coordinators

Physics
Michal Kiri
Contact email
+972-8-934-3839
Chemistry
Michal Kiri
Contact email
+972-8-934-3839
Life Sciences
Dalia Greenberg
Contact email
+972-8-934-3843
Math & CS
Adi Shimron
Contact email
+972-8-934-4553
Science Teaching
Adi Shimron
Contact email
+972-8-934-4553