Submission of proposal is a two-step process:
1. Registration (June 1 - July 31, 2020)
2. Submission of the full proposal (September 1 - December 1, 2020)

The IIAS Academic Committee announces its decisions regarding the selected proposals within six months of the submission deadline. Rejected proposals may be resubmitted.



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Innitiators are welcome to consult with the IIAS Director prior to submitting the proposal.

To schedule a meeting please fill out this online form and e-mail IIAS secretary, Keren Rechnitzer ( to schedule a meeting.

At the pre-proposal stage the organizer provides an extended abstract that clearly poses the core research question to be examined by the RG and describes the importance and originality of the topic.

The organizer provides a list of potential members of the RG and specifies the potential contribution and relevance of each and every one of them toward the main theme. Key scholars should be mentioned.

Following the submission of the pre-proposal, the organizers will be invited to schedule a meeting with the IIAS Director.

The goal of the pre-proposal meeting is to familiarize the organizers with RG residency life, both academically and administratively.

Pre-proposal Period and Deadline:   June 1– July 31, 2020

Click here for the pre-proposal form

Proposal Submission

Period and deadline:  September 1 - December 1 (midnight) 

The Proposal

Length: Approximately 3000 words (not including Footnotes/ Bibliography/ References):

  • A description of the project, including subtopics and questions to be addressed.

  • A description of the anticipated contribution to the field of research and the discipline. Please describe the potential impact of the Research Group on the current status of this field

  • Proposed activities of the RG (seminars/workshops, conference or other activities) that the group plans to initiate. Please describe the nature of these activities for the benefit of the RG and for the benefit of the academic community outside of the Institute.

  • Potential interactions with other academic programs and national/ international projects during residency (if relevant)

  • A list of anticipated results of the Research Group (articles, books, etc.) and how / when you plan to achieve these results.

  • Add information that will help to evaluate the proposal (including possible additional funding; special honorary guests; relation to Advanced Schools and other national and international academic programs)

Evaluation Process

IIAS Committees

The Academic Committees and the IIAS Board of Directors oversee the proposals to endure the diversity and balance of topics and disciplines for the academic year.

Proposals are evaluated by the Institute & Academic Committees, appointed by the Rector of The Hebrew University, the President of The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the Yad Hanadiv Foundation.

The IIAS has two Academic Committees: (i) for evaluating proposals in the Natural Sciences and (ii) for evaluating proposals in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Its members are listed on our website.

Short List

All proposals are reviewed and evaluated by the IIAS Academic Committees who will select a number of proposals to be includedon a short list. Notification of rejection will be sent to all other proposal initiators. Proposals that have been selected for the short list will be evaluated by external referees. The majority of the external referees are from abroad. Each proposal will be evaluated by at least 3 external referees in addition to the assessment of the Academic Committee members.

Upon receiving approval of the proposal in the short list the proposal initiator is required to submit an updated and confirmed listing of all group participants with their explicit consent, and to complete missing information (e.g. CVs, change in academic status, key visiting scholars). In addition, the initiators should address specific comments and requests raised during the evaluation process (when appropriate).

The updated proposal is then reviewed by the Academic Committees and by a number of external referees. In recent years, the acceptance rate for proposals that were on the short list was 40-50%.

Submission of a detailed proposal does not constitute a commitment on the part of the IIAS or the nominees until a proposal receives final approval. Nominees must be informed that their appointment is subject to the approval of the IIAS Academic Committees.

A letter of acceptance or rejection will be sent to applicants. See timeline for specific dates.

Post-acceptance steps

The IIAS asks the initiator of an accepted Research Group to schedule a meeting with the IIAS Director and Administrative Director (see timeline for specific dates). The agreement between the initiator and the IIAS will be signed in order to clarify the commitment of the group initiator. Additional practical and budget information will be shared with the RG initiators.

Nominee consent is considered a "declaration of intent & Once a group has been created and fellows and visitors have been approved, any changes to the list of participants or the status of a participant must be determined in consultation with the IIAS Director and the Academic Committees. Any change in the approved list of Research Group members should be justified in writing by the group initiator and approved by the IIAS Director and representatives of the Academic Committees.