Fellowship Opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows at the Weizmann Institute of Science

How to apply through the FGS online CALLs system

Postdoctoral fellows at the WIS:

Please use your WIS username and password to access our online CALLs system (you may access the system only with a computer connected to the WIS network), and follow the instructions below.

Postdoctoral candidates

If you  have already submitted their online application form to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the WIS then please  send an e-mail to calls.fgs@weizmann.ac.il requesting a username and passward. Use them to access our online CALLs system (it's a different link then the one above), and follow the instructions below.


  • Select the relevant CALL
  • Upload the required documents in a PDF format only
  • Input the name(s) of your referee(s) whom you wish to submit a letter on your behalf
  • When you are done, please click SUBMIT CHANGES button
  • The system will send you an email with unique links to each of the referees you have listed. You may send each one of them the link and ask them to use it access the system in order to upload  their letters (no username and password will be required).


  • You may access the system as many times as you wish, view the existing files and upload additional ones until the deadline mentioned below. Thereafter the particular CALL will be blocked.
  • You will be notified when a recommendation letter on your behalf bt one of your refrees
  • Each time you click the SUBMIT CHANGES button the system will send you a reminder with a list of the  documents and letters that are still missing.
  • Another reminder will be sent to you three days before the deadline.
  • Please notify the FGS in case you encounter a problem
  • Incomplete files will NOT be reviewed.

Dean of Faculty Fellowship

The Deans of the Faculties of the Weizmann Institute offer a limited number of fellowships to postdoctoral fellows. The level of support is either 50% or 100% of the regular fellowship and can continue for up to two years. In case the level of support is 50% - the remaining part is paid by the hosts funds.

Please note:

The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science has a single unified applications procedure for all Weizmann fellowship types (Regular, Dean of Faculty, Koshland). Candidates should submit an initial application as per the instructions for the Dean of Faculty Fellowships and will be advised by the faculty if additional information is required.



  • A candidate who has already submitted his/her online application form to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the Institute.
  • Fellows who have already started a postdoc at WIS may also apply, if they are still within the first two years of training


  • Postdoctoral fellows whose postdoctoral training is in continuation of their PhD studies in the same research group at WIS may NOT be nominated.
  • In Chemistry and in Life Sciences Faculties the number of nominees per research group is limited to two.
  • In Life Sciences, preference will be given to research groups who currently do not host a postdoctoral fellow funded in part by a Dean’s Fellowship.


Every year there are two calls for applications:

  • Winter: The next deadline is January 15, 2017
  • Spring: Between June 1st and June 21st


Required Documents (to be submitted)

  • CV (including list of publications, prizes etc.).
  • A Research Proposal (up to 2 pages only).
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from the PhD supervisor).
  • A letter of support from the host/potential host at WIS
(This letter is recommended, but NOT required of candidates applying for a Fellowship by the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science).

How to Apply

Please follow the instructions  under “How to apply through the FGS online system” at the top of this page.

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow

Senior Postdoctoral Fellows

The senior postdoctoral fellowship is an excellence-based career development program to prepare outstanding fellows for independent research leader positions. Full details on this program are available on the FGS website.

Postdoctoral fellows currently at the Weizmann Institute may apply to transfer to senior postdoctoral fellowship status after 2-3 years of regular postdoctoral training.

The senior postdoctoral fellowship period is restricted to three years at the most, and the entire postdoctoral training period at Weizmann (regular + senior postdoc periods) is limited to five years. Hence please note that fellows that transfer to senior postdoctoral fellow status after more than two years of regular postdoctoral training at Weizmann may stay as senior postdoctoral fellows until the five-year overall training limit is reached, and not longer. The training period for fellows that do not apply for senior postdoc status is limited to four years at the most.

Please note:

  • Candidates who were not successful in the previous round may re-apply only once, and only after discussing their application with the Chair of the postdoctoral training program. Please consider the appropriate deadline for re-application very carefully, since candidates whose application are not approve for second time will not be allowed to re-apply in future deadlines.
  • FGS Ph.D. graduates may apply for Senior postdoctoral training only if they have completed at least two years of postdoctoral training at another academic institution


Every year there are two deadlines for applications for aSenior Postdoctoral Fellow positions:


  • April 20th
  • October 31st


Applications must include:


  • Endorsement by the postdoctoral mentor and confirmation that funding will be available to cover the increased fellowship and travel allowance.
  • An updated short curriculum vitae and list of main publications (2 pages maximum).
  • A research plan of 2-3 pages, including details of publications in preparation or in submission.
  • A career development plan (1 page) describing the candidate’s career plans beyond the senior postdoc training period and how he/she intends to achieve these goals. Please note that the career development plan is not an extra page to describe the candidate's science, rather it should describe the practical steps the candidate intends to take towards an independent career in science.
  • Up to four letters of recommendation from senior academics who can attest to the candidate’s potential to advance to an independent research leader position. At least two letters must be from individual who had not worked directly with the candidate, preferably from other institutions (not the host institution for PhD or postdoc). 
  • Applicants who were not successful in a previous round and were given permission to re-apply should attach a one page document detailing the changes in the application.


The applications will be reviewed by a committee headed by the Chair of the Postdoctoral Training Program. The review process may include a personal interview.

How to Apply

Please follow the instructions  under “How to apply through the FGS online system” at the top of this page.


Koshland Prize

Twice a year the Feinberg Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute of Science awards the prestigious Koshland Prize to a limited number of regular postdoctoral fellows. Koshland Prize awardees receive an augmented monthly fellowship that is 25% higher than the regular WIS fellowship. The delta (i.e. the extra 25%) is covered by the Koshland Foundation and the regular fellowship must be covered by other sources. If an applicant receives an external fellowship that is over 125% of the regular WIS postdoctoral fellowship, he/she may be named a Koshland fellow without support. The prize is awarded for up to three years.

Please note:

  1. The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science has a single unified applications procedure for all Weizmann fellowship types (Regular, Dean of Faculty, Koshland). Candidates should submit an initial application as per the instructions for the Dean of Faculty Fellowships (available at the top of this page), and will be advised by the faculty if additional information is required.
  2. The Koshland award is not transferable. Koshland awardees that move to another host group at the Weizmann Institute may be nominated again for the award by the new host P.I., such renominations will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee convened by the Chair of the Postdoctoral Program.


  • Candidates for Koshland should be within two years of Ph.D. graduation at the time of application.
  • Candidates must have an outstanding academic and scientific record.
  • Candidates who have been accepted as regular postdoctoral fellows and have not yet started their training, or are still within their first year as regular postdoctoral fellows at the Weizmann Institute.
  • Applicants that receive support from external agencies are also eligible for the prize, subject to the caveat above regarding the level of the external fellowship.
  • Postdoctoral fellows who did their PhD in the same lab are not eligible to apply.
  • Each P.I. may nominate only one candidate for Koshland in each deadline. If there are multiple nominations by the same P.I., all those candidates will be disqualified and will not be discussed by the committee.
  • Candidates for Senior Postdoctoral Fellow who did not receive a Koshland Prize in the past may be nominated for up to two years of partial support as Senior Koshland Fellows. The 25% increased fellowship for Senior Koshland fellows will be covered jointly by the Koshland foundation and by the funding sources of the nominating P.I., at a ratio that will be determined on case by case basis.

The selection Process

Heads of Research Groups may nominate candidates for the Koshland Prize, with a limit of one candidate for each deadline. Koshland Prize awardees are selected by a committee of representatives of the FGS Boards of Studies (one representative from each Board of Studies), headed by the Chair of the Postdoctoral Training Program at the Weizmann Institute.


Deadlines for Nominations

Nominations may be submitted twice a year:

  • Winter: The next deadline is January 15, 2017
  • Spring: Between June 1st and June 21st


How to nominate

In case of a nomination to both the Dean of Faculty Fellowship and the Koshland Prize please submit the file to the Dean of Faculty CALL by using the online nomination service for FGS calls , and also register to the Koshland Prize CALL (Please Select the Koshland Prize

Please upload all documents to each CALL separately Deans & Koshland.

The letter of support from the host/potential host at WIS should clearly indicate that the nomination is for both the Koshland Prize and the Dean's Fellowship.


Daniel E. Koshland Jr. (1920-2007)

Daniel E. Koshland Jr. was an eminent biochemist at the University of California at Berkeley, who was internationally known for his work on proteins and enzymes. From 1985 to 1995 he achieved the status of scientific statesman when he served as editor of the leading US science journal, Science. He was a Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences. Prof. Koshland served for many years on the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science and on its Scientific and Academic Advisory Committee, and also contributed generously to the Weizmann Institute, including the establishment of the fund that supports these Koshland Postdoctoral Awards.


Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program

CALL for Nominations: The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program for Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018-2019

The Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program attracts high-achieving postdoctoral researchers from premier universities in the United States to do research at one of four Israeli universities. Once they complete their research, many Zuckerman postdocs are expected to accept faculty positions at top North American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit U.S.-Israeli scientific cooperation. In addition, Zuckerman scholars enjoy programming and activities specially organized for them by the host universities, such as sightseeing tours, educational experiences, and social programs. These activities are aimed at strengthening the scholars’ knowledge of and affiliation with Israel, and at cultivating an esprit de corps within the program.


Duration and funding

  • Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholarships are up to two years.
  • The amount of the stipend is $50,000 per year up to two years, with $36,000 each year devoted to living expenses and $14,000 each year for research ($10,000) and travel ($4000) expenses
  • If circumstances allow, Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholarships may be renewed on a competitive basis for an additional one or two years.


  • Candidates may apply to more than one university.
  • Candidates must be citizens of the United States or Canada, or have a documented status that allows them to study and work in the US.
  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree from a premier university, or if still studying for a Ph.D., must submit their Ph.D. thesis before October 1, 2018.
  • Candidates who began their postdoctoral training at the host institution after October 1, 2017, or who will arrive to begin their training no later than October 1, 2018, may still apply for the upcoming deadline.


Deadline and Results

  • Deadline for applications: November 30, 2017
  • Expected notification of results: April 15, 2018


Required documents

  • Curriculum vitae, including a paragraph on demonstrated leadership qualities.
  • List of at least three publications, noting the impact factor of the journals in which the papers were published.
  • Short letter of intent declaring the candidate’s plans to return to the United States or Canada and compete for a university position there.
  • Research proposal (maximum 3 pages).
  • Letter of consent from a potential supervisor at the Israeli university/universities the candidate is applying to.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including a letter from the candidate’s Ph.D. supervisor. If possible, one letter should be from a university other than the one where the candidate’s Ph.D. was granted.
  • Personal statement detailing the candidate’s future career plans.

How to Apply

Please follow the instructions  under “How to apply through the FGS online system” at the top of this page.


Zuckerman Scholars are required to participate in sponsored events and activities during the academic year. These events include but are not limited to:

  • A day-long academic event at each participating university campus
  • Visits to various departments, research programs, and research facilities, including opportunities to meet students and faculty at other universities
  • A Zuckerman Institute scientific seminar with media coverage that will be open to the public, where selected postdoctoral scholars from the participating universities in the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program will present their research
  • In addition, scholars will be invited to social activities and sightseeing trips. They will be exposed to Israeli culture, meet with various sectors and ethnic groups, and visit science parks and high-tech incubators in Israel.



Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars must identify themselves as members of the Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program in all academic and scientific papers, articles, publications, presentations, etc.


Fellowships by the Czech Academy of Sciences


The Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) support three-year postdoctoral fellowships for researchers from the CAS Institutes at the WIS.  

Research domains

Interested young researchers from the CAS Institutes in Life Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science or Mathematics, are welcome to contact Heads of Research Groups in the various scientific departments at the WIS to explore the opportunity to join their groups as postdoctoral fellows  and to prepare their research proposals. 


  • Employment at one of the CAS Institutes before the start of the fellowship.
  • Not more than 5 years of experience after receiving the PhD title.
  • Submission of an online application to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the WIS.
  • The potential host at the WIS is not the candidate’s PhD advisor


  • Deadline for applications: August 22, 2017
  • Announcement of results: October 3, 2017
  • Beginning of postdoctoral training: Before December 31, 2017

Required Documents

  • CV (including list of publications, prizes etc.).
  • A Research Proposal (up to 2 pages only).
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from the PhD supervisor).
  • A letter of support from the host/potential host at WIS.
  • Filled CAS call form with the required statement of the CAS institute (to be submitted to CAS)

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted to the WIS, with the exception of the CAS call form. Please consult the instructions at the top of this page.

Selection of winners

The selection of winners is coordinated between the CAS and the WIS.

Points of contact

For further information you may write to:

Call coordinator, Ms. Petra Revicka: revicka@kav.cas.cz

Calls Coordinator, Ms. Yael Karhash: calls.fgs@weizmann.ac.il

Further information:


Combined Weizmann-Abroad Program for Advancing Women in Science

The Feinberg Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) is pleased to announce a new deadline for applications to this postdoctoral fellowships program, combining research in a Weizmann Institute laboratory with a leading laboratory in another country. The program will encourage progress towards an independent academic career, by offering opportunities for international research experience to excellent female Ph.D. graduates who are unable to relocate for a conventional postdoctoral training abroad.

The program will allow maximal flexibility in the division of the candidate’s time between the two host laboratories, and successful fellows will be free to modify their research plans and time commitments to each of the host laboratories according to the evolving needs of the project.


Applications are evaluated once per year, and the next deadline for applications will be Novembver 1, 2017.


  • Ph.D. graduates from all Israeli universities with excellent academic and research track records.
  • Applicants must be within 2 years of Ph.D. approval date.
  • WIS Ph.D. graduates who wish to conduct postdoctoral training with their Ph.D. advisor MAY NOT apply to this program.
  • The candidate should have already submitted her online application to the Postdoctoral  Program.

Funding and duration

The fellowships will provide $ 10,000 per year for two years, with an option to extend for an additional two years if warranted. The funding will be used for travel, accommodation and per diem costs of the fellow related to the collaboration with the overseas laboratory. Postdoctoral stipends of the fellows should be funded from other sources, and fellows are encouraged to apply for other competitive fellowships to this end, including the Faculty Deans fellowships and the Koshland awards of the Weizmann Institute.

Funding may be carried over from one year to the next if the budget is not fully utilized, as long as the fellow does not carry over more than $ 10,000 in any given year. Unused funds that cannot be carried over will be returned to the overall program budget, for the future benefit of other fellows.

Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis, and academic excellence will be the overriding consideration in choice of awardees.

Required documents

  • Short CV (2 pages maximum).
  • list of main publications (2 pages maximum)
  • Research plan- please submit a research plan under the co-mentorship of two postdoctoral advisors, one from the Weizmann Institute and one from a leading laboratory in another country. The research plan will outline the topic, the collaborating laboratories, and the mode of collaboration (3 pages maximum).
  • Supporting letters from the two co-mentors.
  • A letter of support from the PhD advisor.
  • Additional letters of support are welcomed.


How to Apply

Please follow the instructions  under “How to apply through the FGS online system” at the top of this page.

Swiss Friends of WIS Fellowships

Each year, the Swiss Association of Friends of the Weizmann Institute of Science supports a number of postdoctoral fellows from Switzerland, enabling them to come to the Institute. As a candidate for this fellowship, you may apply for acceptance in any field of research that is pursued at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The program provides an annual fellowship paid through the Weizmann institute of Science, and covers some of the participant’s relocation expenses. This fellowship replaces the regular WIS fellowship.

Minimum Requirements

All candidates for this fellowship must:

  • Hold Swiss citizenship or have Swiss residency.
  • Meet the academic requirements of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
  • Have a PhD degree.
  • In addition, candidates should come from a Swiss academic institution, and be able to return to an academic center in Switzerland after their research stay at the Institute.

How to Apply

To apply for this fellowship, contact a scientist in whose lab you would like to be trained. At the same time, submit a formal application by communicating with Ms. Sharon Teitler, Secretary of the Swiss Association of Friends of the Weizmann Institute of Science:


Phone: +41 44 380 32 01
Fax: +41 44 380 32 04
Email: Ms. Sharon Teitler
Mailing: Sekretariat
 Schweizer Gesellschaft der Freunde des
 Weizmann Institute of Science
 CH-8027 Zurich

Sergio Lombroso Fellowships

These fellowships are established in memory of the lawyer Sergio Lombroso, of Verona, Italy, whose generosity enables the Weizmann Institute to provide these funds in support of cancer research.


Lombroso Fellowships are awarded to qualified candidates from Italy, wishing to pursue cancer research as Postdoctoral Fellows at the Weizmann Institute.

The Selection Process

Candidates should seek acceptance with a scientist in whose lab they would like to research, and in parallel communicate with Ms. Daniela di Segni, coordinator of the Lombroso Program in ItalyAcceptance depends on approval by the Feinberg Graduate School of formal student status or eligibility for postdoctoral status, acceptance by a host lab at Weizmann, and academic achievements.

Contact Information

For further details and contact information of Ms. di Segni, please vist the Sergio Lombroso website.

Time Limit

Lombroso Fellowships are awarded for one year, with the possibility of an extension for a second year.


Lombroso Fellows are entitled to the same benefits all other Postdoctoral Fellows enjoy. The Lombroso Fellowship that is equal to the regular WIS Postdoctoral Fellowship is not paid in addition to the regular fellowship but it replaces it.


ASH Royal Society Fellowships for UK citizens

By agreement between the Academy and the Royal Society, two-year fellowships will be granted annually to worthy UK researchers who have been accepted for two-year post-doctoral research positions at one of Israel’s universities. The post-doc fellowships granted in Israel under this program will be provided by the respective universities according to their procedures and will be consistent with the financial support policy of the particular host university. Those applicants found worthy will be granted an additional one-time relocation grant of ₤ 2,000 (paid in new Israeli shekels) by the Academy.


The statutes stipulate that the UK recipients shall be early career researchers who have already received the Ph.D. degree who plan to undertake research in Israel in a field within the physical, chemical and life sciences (excluding clinical sciences). Recipients of the fellowships are expected to reside in Israel for the two-year term of the fellowship.

How to apply

Application by UK scientists should be made to the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The selection of recipients will be based on the merits of the candidates and their proposed programs. Application forms (including a list of required documents) and further information are available by request from IASH-RS-Fellowships@academy.ac.il.
The application form and supporting documentation should be typed in English and submitted in a single email (with attachments) addressed to


The application form and supporting documentation must be submitted by October 29, 2015.


Armando and Maria Jinich Fellowship

The Armando and Maria Jinich Fellowship was established by Weizmann Institute supporter and Board Member, Armando Jinich of Mexico.

In addition to full fellowship funding, the Jinich Fellowship covers expenses such as relocation and travel to conferences, in keeping with comparable fellowships at the Weizmann Institute of Science. This fellowship replaces the regular WIS fellowship.

The Jinich Fellowship is awarded for a period of two years. You may apply for this program at any time during the year.

Minimum Requirements

The fellowship is awarded to exceptionally qualified Mexican candidates. In order to be considered you must:

  • Meet the academic requirements of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
  • Have a PhD or MD degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, or alternatively, a confirmation from such an institution of fulfillment of the requirements of a doctorate, including submission of a thesis.
  • Have received confirmation of your doctorate no more than four years prior to the designated start date of the Jinich Fellowship Program.

How to Apply

To apply for this fellowship, contact a scientist in whose lab you would like to be trained. At the same time, please submit a formal application to calls.fgs@weizmann.ac.il specifying that it is for the Jinich Fellowship.


Fulbright Fellowships

The full program announcement is available at: www.fulbright.org.il

Program Highlights

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) offers each academic year eight fellowships in all academic disciplines to American postdoctoral researchers at Israeli institutions of higher learning, including the Weizmann Institute of Science.


This is an excellent funding opportunity for outstanding postdoctoral fellows from the USA.

The program grants each recipient a total of $20,000 per year, and is awarded for up to two years, for a total of $40,000.

The Fulbright Fellowship is in addition to the regular WIS scholarship and does not limit the scholar in any way. In other words, a winner of a Fulbright Fellowship is eligible to receive a total fellowship of $50,000 per year.

Holders of tenure track positions or individuals who already begun research activities in Israel prior to the application date are not eligible to apply.

To become a Fulbright Fellow at the WIS you must be accepted first as a postdoctoral fellow by the Head of one of the Institute’s research groups. The Head of the research group must also agree to provide you with a standard postdoctoral fellowship – which you will receive in addition to your Fulbright Fellowship.

Deadline and further information

The full program announcement (including the current deadline) is available at: www.fulbright.org.il



Potential candidates seeking advice and assistance may contact:


Mr. Imri Grinberg
US Program Manager
US-Israel Educational Foundation
Phone: +972-3-517-2131
Email: ImriG@fulbright.org.il
Those interested may also contact the CIES staff member responsible for the Middle East region for further information:

Maria Gahan
Regional Head
Phone: 202-686-6244
Email: MGahan@iie.org

Azrieli Fellows Program

The Azrieli Fellows Program promotes excellence in research and graduate studies at accredited institutions of higher learning in Israel, including the Weizmann Institute of Science. This prestigious and competitive program, established in 2007, provides financial support to the best and brightest scholars from Israel and around the world. These scholars become leaders in their respective fields, raise Israel's profile internationally, and maintain strong academic and professional links between Israel and the rest of the world.

The value of the fellowship is $40,000 (CDN) annually, and replaces the regular Weizmann Institute of Science postdoctoral fellowship. The Azrieli Foundation has no objection to the fellow's receipt of additional research funds, with the exception of other postdoctoral fellowships or scholarships from Israeli sources. Funding from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs is permissible.

The duration of the fellowship is one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

Minimum Requirements

The fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. As a candidate, you will be assessed based on your potential to make cutting-edge contributions in your respective field. Aspects of personal merit and leadership abilities are also taken into consideration without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity or age.
In addition, to be considered for this program you must:


  • Be a Canadian citizen, or have completed a doctorate at a Canadian university.
  • Obtain an academic supervisor – a Head of a research group at WIS.

How to Apply

Further information on the application process, including guidelines and an online application form is available at the Azrieli Fellows Program website.


Renewable Energy Fellowships

The Sustainability And Energy Research Initiative (SAERI) at the Weizmann Institute is expanding, with activities spreading over the Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences and Mathematics departments. Outstanding candidates from abroad, wishing to join a Weizmann research group for exciting research in an energy related scientific field, are encouraged to apply for this three-year postdoctoral fellowship. The level of the fellowship is identical to the regular postdoctoral fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The SAERI fellowship replaces the regular WIS fellowship.

SAERI International Postdoctoral Fellows are awarded a two-year fellowship, with the unique opportunity of pursuing a third year fellowship of the same level that can be used either at the Weizmann Institute or anywhere else you wish. The third year fellowship is at a level identical to that of the first two years, payable in Israel or anywhere else in the world. If pursued outside of Israel, it is up to the candidate to clarify protocol regarding taxation and other financial issues surrounding such a stipend.

The goal is to enable our postdoctoral fellows an easy transition to permanent academic positions. If you are accepted, you will spend the first two years in the host laboratory at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Toward the end of the second year, you simply need to inform the host laboratory and the SAERI Program of your intentions for the third year. Should you decide to carry the fellowship to another university, proof of acceptance to that university will be required.

How to Apply

For details regarding the application process, and to learn more about SAERI and its activities, please visit the SAERI website.


Indian/Chinese Citizens

In order to promote academic ties with India and China, the Government of Israel has created a postdoctoral program that encourages researchers from China and India to come research at universities in Israel. To this end, Israel’s Council for Higher Education Planning and Budgeting Committee (VATAT) supports a certain number of  fellowships for Chinese and Indian postdoctoral fellows in Israel each year.


Each postdoctoral fellow selected for this program receives an annual stipend of NIS 69,000 (constituting part of the WIS regular postdoctoral fellowship).
The fellowship can be received for up to three years (starting in October 2017).

In addition to this grant, your host is responsible for covering the difference between the regular Weizmann Institute of Science Fellowship (currently ~NIS 110,000) and the above-mentioned VATAT Fellowship. This additional funding can only come from Weizmann Institute sources and not from Chinese or Indian sources, or funds that you personally have available to you.

In addition, the university will provide at least NIS 5,000 each year for the purpose of covering international travel expenses ("travel budget"). The travel budget can be utilized for the following purposes: arrival in Israel at the beginning of the fellowship, travel abroad for conferences, workshops, and work meetings throughout the duration of the fellowship, and travel to Israel for up to one year after the conclusion of the fellowship, for the purpose of maintaining and developing connections with Israeli researchers. In the event that the annual amount of 5,000 NIS is not utilized each year, the remaining sum will accumulate in the following year. The universities will be responsible for the administration of the travel budget.

Minimum Requirements

In order to apply for this fellowship you must:

  • Hold Chinese or Indian citizenship (without dual Israeli citizenship).
  • Have had your PhD degree approved and/or awarded no more than five years prior to your application to this program (i.e. after September 10, 2010), from a leading institution either within or outside of China or India. In exceptional cases it is possible to apply before your PhD degree is approved, provided it is approved within the first year of training. Recipients of the fellowship whose PhD degree is not approved within the first year of their fellowship will not be allowed to continue their training.
  • Begin your postdoctoral training in Israel not before September 29, 2016, and not later than March 1, 2018



Tuesday, October 17, 2017


  • Please note that before submitting an application to this fellowship, candidates MUST first register their candidacy for a postdoctoral training position through the FGS postdoctoral registration online form.
  • Heads of Research Groups may supervise up to two awardies of this fellowship at any given time.
  • Heads of Research Groups may submit up to 2 candidates only per CALL.


Required DocumentsA completed application form.

  • CV
  • List of publications, including the impact factor of each journal (if it exists).
  • Certified translated copies of your BSc, MSc and PhD diplomas.
  • For candidates who have not yet finished their PhD, please attach a confirmation from the relevant authority where the doctorate is being carried out, of the fact that the candidate will fulfil all of his/her academic obligations and is expected to receive his/her doctoral degree no later than during his/her first year of study in Israel.
  • A summary of your research plan in Israel (up to 2 pages).
  • The reasons for your choice of institution and academic supervisor and the connection, if any, with your present and planned future work (up to half a page).
  • An abstract of the PhD dissertation (up to 1 pages)
  • A TOEFL (or equivalent) score of English proficiency. Candidates that do not have TOEFL results should provide a letter from their prospective host or equivalent authority attesting to their English proficiency
  • Three letters of recommendation (to be sent by your referee via our online service. Please see details below).
  • A letter of commitment by a faculty member of the Weizmann Institute of Science stating his or her agreement to host and supervise your stay. The letter should include an explanation of the supervisor’s reasons for wishing to take on the candidate (to be sent by your referee via our online service. Please see details below).


How to Apply

Please follow the instructions  under “How to apply through the FGS online system” at the top of this page.

FGS Coordinators

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Eti Colb-Uzana
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Dalia Greenberg
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