Young Weizmann Scholars is a program at the Weizmann Institute that is designed for undergraduate students in Israeli institutions of higher learning who are studying science. The program was developed to support and develop the interest of undergraduate students in pursuing a career in the sciences and strengthen their curiosity and commitment through real laboratory experiences. Participation in the program provides a unique educational opportunity to join a research group and be involved in experimental or theoretical research under the direct guidance of scientists at the Institute.
Participating FGS Boards of Studies
- Chemical Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- Mathematics & Computer Science
Financial Awards for Participants
While the primary and obvious benefit of this program is educational - the privilege of being part of a research group and contributing to scientific research at the Institute -participants in the program also receive a more tangible benefit: A grant of NIS 15,000, received in two equal payments. This money is designed to cover any expenses and to make it easier to participate in the program’s activities.
Who is Eligible
If you are a science major in your second or third year of a three-year program, or in your fourth year of a four-year program, then you are eligible to apply. If you are a student of Mathematics & Computer Science, you are eligible to apply to the program in the third year of a three-year program or in the fourth year of a four-year program.
Applicants to the program must meet the following minimum academic requirements:
- Candidates must have a sincere interest in scientific research.
- Candidates are not required to have prior experience with scientific research, but having such experience is an advantage.
- Candidates must be fluent in English.
- Candidates must have a grade point average of at least 85.
As a participant in the program, you will be required to join the activities of your research group for at least four hours per week for eight months throughout the academic year, in order to maximize the success and benefits of the program.
Alternatively, the work can be done during the summer months in a more concentrated fashion i.e. full days for two months.
In both configurations the exact starting point of your association with the research group as well as what is practically expected of you should be coordinated and agreed upon directly with the Head of the research group.
If you are interested in expanding your scientific activities beyond the minimum required by the program, you are encouraged to do so. The FGS is happy to try to provide whatever support or assistance is necessary in order to facilitate this kind of participation.
The application deadline for participation in the program is as follows:
- For participation throughout the summer: May 31
- For participation throughout the year: September 30
When to Apply
You are eligible to apply to the Young Weizmann Scholars program after you complete your first year of undergraduate studies or, alternatively, if you will have completed your first year of studies before beginning the program.
In Mathematics & Computer Science, you cannot apply to the program until you have completed your second year of undergraduate studies or, alternatively, if you will have completed your second year of studies before beginning the program.
How to Apply
To apply to the program, submit the following documents (in ONE single combined PDF file) to the FGS Coordinator for this program:
- CV: Your CV should include information about prior experience with experimental or theoretical research, where relevant.
- Passport photo: The first page of your CV should include a passport photo.
- Transcript (with the logo of your university): You should submit an official transcript signed by the appropriate authority at your university.
- Copy of your Israeli ID card.
- Letters of reference (an advantage): Letters of reference should be sent to FGS directly by the individual who wrote the letter (unless the letter has already been submitted to the Institute as part of the application to another program that the Institute offers undergraduate students, such as Ulpana De-Shalit). Letters of reference are not required but are an advantage.
Official Status at the Weizmann Institute
Participants in the program have an official status at the Institute that is equivalent to that of visiting students. As a result, all participants are required to follow the regulations defined in the protocols of the Feinberg Graduate School, including following the school’s ethical code and conduct, respecting intellectual property guidelines, and following safety rules. In some cases, requirements vary, depending on your specific field of research.