Call for proposals

The Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) invites scholars from Israel and abroad to submit Research Group (RG) proposals for the 2021-2022 academic year. Research proposals may be submitted by initiator(s) affiliated with any academic institution in Israel or abroad. Proposals may cover any research topic from all disciplines including interdisciplinary research, and must seek to be innovative with potential impact on their research field. RG size is flexible, ranging from 5-8 core fellows, and each RG can include postdoctoral fellows. Scholars spend their residency at the IIAS, located at the Edmond J. Safra Campus in Givat Ram, Jerusalem. The IIAS provides its fellows and visiting scholars a nurturing and stimulating academic environment, as well as administrative support. Fellows from abroad receive a generous fellowship and a family accommodation.

What is a Research Group?

Each RG brings together a diverse group of scholars to engage in research questions of common interest. The group fellows benefit from integrative thinking and rich dialogue, while expanding individual fellows’ research. Our expectation is that the RG’s period of residence will result in creative and original research that will be shared with the international research community. For more about Research Groups see:

Period of Residence

The IIAS academic year runs from September 1 to August 31. Proposals should include a request for a five- or ten-month residency period. Exceptions may be granted to Research Groups to be in residence for a three-month period (e.g. for experimental sciences). These are the possible options:

  • The ten-month residencies begin September 1

  • The five-month residencies begin September 1 or March 1

  • The three-month residencies begin September 1, March 1, or May 1

Application Deadline and Notification

Submission of proposal is a two-step process:
Pre-proposal: April 1– July 31, 2019
Full proposal: September 1– December 1, 2019

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

For a revised, detailed description of our proposal submission process, see:


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Step 1: Pre-proposal

Pre-proposals are MANDATORY.

At the pre-proposal stage the initiator provides a brief outline of the research focus of the RG with a letter of intent. A pre-proposal application should be limited to 2-3 pages. It should include an extended abstract that clearly poses the core research question to be examined by the RG. It should describe the importance and originality of the topic and specify the potential contribution and relevance of the core fellows toward the main theme. Key scholars should be mentioned.

The initiators are expected to schedule a meeting with the IIAS Director. The goal of the pre-proposal is to familiarize the initiators with RG residency life, both academically and administratively.

Materials for submission:
Pre-proposal Submission Information.docx
Biosketch Initiator.docx

Due Dates:
2020-2021: July 31, 2018 (midnight)  > Full timeline
2019-2020: June 1– September 1, 2017 > Full timeline

Step 2: Proposal Submission

At this step, the initiator will submit a request to open a user name and password for the proposal submission system.

The request will be reviewed by the IIAS and the initiator will receive an e-mail from the IIAS with approval to move to a full proposal submission.

Materials for submission: 
Proposal Application Submission Information.docx
Biosketch Initiator.docx

Due Dates:
2020-2021: November 23, 2017 (midnight)  > Full timeline
2019-2020: December 1, 2017 (midnight)  > Full timeline
2019-2020: September 15 – December 1, 2017  > Full timeline

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.