The MIT-Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund


The Zuckerman Institute is proud to announce a new collaboration between MIT and seven Israeli universities.

The MIT-Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund supports new collaborations between faculty and
research scientists at MIT and their counterparts in Israel.

The new fund is open to MIT faculty from all disciplines to collaborate with Israeli faculty at one of the following institutions: Bar-Ilan University; Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Technion–Israel Institute of Technology; Tel Aviv University; University of Haifa; and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange
between a team at MIT, including one MIT PhD student, and colleagues in universities in Israel.

The maximum award is $30,000.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and Israeli participants
  • Demonstrate complementarity between the MIT and Israeli teams
  • Include MIT PhD students

Call for proposals will be in May 2019 with proposals due in September.

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“MIT is excited to be working with the Zuckerman Institute on the new MIT-Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund. This Fund will create new opportunities for collaborations between MIT researchers and their counterparts at Israeli universities, and we are confident that it will further strengthen the intellectual bridge between MIT and Israel that has been decades in the making.”
– Richard K. Lester
Associate Provost for International Activities
Japan Steel Industry Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“In an effort to strengthen the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program, we have chosen to support MIT, a leading U.S. STEM university, to accelerate the cycle of academic exchange with Israeli universities. Providing opportunities to share innovative ideas and collaborate on ground-breaking projects between academic institutions in the U.S. and Israel is the essence of the Zuckerman Institute.”
– Eric J. Gertler and James S. Gertler
Zuckerman Institute Trustees