Postdoctoral Scholar Guidelines for the 2017–2018 Academic Year

Please note: The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program is no longer accepting applications for 2017-2018.
Guidelines and applications for 2018-2019 will be posted on this site on August 1, 2017.

Duration and Funding
  • Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholarships are for up to two years.
  • Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars receive a stipend of $50,000 per academic year for up to two years, with $36,000 each year for living expenses and $14,000 each year for research ($10,000) and travel ($4,000) 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 are requested to write a short letter of intent declaring their plans to return to the United States or Canada and compete for a university position there.
  • 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, 2017.
  • Candidates must submit written consent from a potential supervisor at the universities where they are applying along with their application.
  • Candidates who began their postdoctoral training at the host institution after October 1, 2016, or who will arrive to begin their training no later than October 1, 2017, may still apply for the upcoming deadline.
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, and presentations, etc.
Supporting 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.

Applications to the Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholarship Program should be sent by the hosting supervisor(s) via email in one pdf file to the selected university/universities.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
International Office
Limor Levy

Technion -Israel institute of Technology

Tel Aviv University
Head, Foundations & Grants unit
Academic Secretariat
Bat-Sheva Cohen

Weizmann Institute
Feinberg Graduate School

Deadline for applications: March 1, 2017
Expected notification of results: April 20, 2017