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Mandel Scholars

Every year the Mandel Scholars program appoints two postdoctoral fellows in the Humanities. The fellowships are granted to researchers from Israel and abroad who have recently received their doctorates, who have demonstrated exceptional abilities and conducted distinctive and extraordinary research, and whose research interests and expertise can enrich academic and cultural discourse. 
Each year the call for applicants is published toward the beginning of the academic year, usually around September. Applicants are then sifted in a careful selection process. Successful candidates from Israel and abroad are invited to lecture at the center's main annual event - the Mandel Scholion Lectures Marathon. The two deemed most outstanding are awarded the fellowships and come to Mandel Scholion for three years. At the Center they are provided with conditions conducive to research at the highest level, and a munificent grant which allows them to devote the majority of their time to research. Alongside their research, Mandel Fellows also teach one course per year at the Hebrew University.

Research Groups

At any given time, three interdisciplinary research groups are hosted at Mandel Scholion, each focusing on a particular field within the Humanities or Jewish Studies. The groups are composed of senior faculty and doctoral students from the Hebrew University; scholars from outside the University are also frequently invited to participate. The groups strive to study their topics with as much breadth and depth as possible, on the basis of the variety of methodological viewpoints that each scholar brings. Such an opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research is generally quite rare in the humanities.

Each group consists of eight members – four senior faculty and four doctoral students. Around each group there is also an additional circle of research assistants, students, and other junior scholars who take part in the group's activity.

At the beginning of each academic year, the Center announces the annual competition for three-year Research Groups. Mandel Scholion’s academic committee chooses the new group in its January meeting. Press here to see sample call for proposal for Research Groups (in Hebrew)

Doctoral Fellowships

Around February each year, the Center publishes a call for applicants for the four positions of doctoral students who will join the group. Those four positions are open to doctoral students at the Hebrew University whose fields of research are close to that of the group. Press here to see sample call for applicants for PhD students (in Hebrew)


Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities and Jewish Studies for 2018–2021


Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowships

in the Humanities and Jewish Studies for 2018–2021


The Mandel Fellowships are intended for scholars, from Israel and abroad, who have shown exceptional excellence, depth, and originality, and whose research may enrich academic and cultural discourse. Applications will be accepted from candidates who completed their doctoral degrees no earlier than October 1, 2013. Candidates who have not yet completed their degrees may apply if they have submitted their dissertations by September 25, 2017. If awarded the fellowship, their acceptance will be conditional upon approval of their doctoral degrees by April 1, 2018.

Mandel Scholars engage in research in optimal conditions and teach one annual course (2 hours per week). Teaching in English is possible. Mandel Scholars receive approximately 150,000 NIS per year in addition to a research budget. The fellowship is for three years, beginning October 1, 2018. There is an option for a two- or one-year tenure. Scholars are selected on a competitive basis with no preference for a specific field of study in the humanities or Jewish studies.


Deadline for Applications: September 25, 2017


Terms of the Fellowship

Mandel Scholars will devote their time to research and are not allowed to work elsewhere, apart from teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mandel Scholars are each allotted an office in the Mandel Building on Mount Scopus, where they are required to carry out their ongoing research at least four days a week. Scholars will also engage in the Center's joint activities, approximately once a month. The fellowship begins on October 1, 2018 and ends on September 30, 2021. Fellows will submit reports on their research at the end of each academic year (by July 15) and in the middle of the second year (by January 15). Reports should focus on the fellow’s research progress during the period reviewed and research goals for the next period. The Academic Committee is authorized to terminate a fellowship at the end of the first or second year, if the aforementioned terms (sections 1-3) are not met.The Fellowship is subject to the Hebrew University’s postdoctoral regulations


Submission Procedure

Applications are to be submitted via the Humanities section of Hebrew University’s Scholarship System according to the instructions provided there.

Please note! the applications system will close on Monday, 25 September 2017, at 23:59 (Israeli time)

Applicants must submit:

- Online application form
- Curriculum vitae – up to two pages
- List of publications
- Statement of purpose – Please describe, in up to two pages, your academic research goals and intentions for the next couple of years. In your statement, please explain, inter alia, the relationship of your project to your doctoral work and whether it is feasible to pursue it in Jerusalem.
- Academic writing – Please upload an academic publication or writing sample, up to thirty pages long.
- Dissertation abstract – up to two pages
- Two letters of recommendation –   Please ask two scholars who know you and your work to send letters of recommendation according to the guidelines and instructions given on the online system. 


Selection Process

Early in December 2017, shortlisted candidates from Israel and abroad will be invited to come to Jerusalem to be interviewed by the Center’s Academic Committee on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.


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CFA: Doctoral Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2018-2020


The "Historical Linguistics and Formal Semantics" research group, which operates during the academic years 2017/18-2019/20 at the Mandel Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, invites applicants for a two-year doctoral fellowship, beginning in autumn 2018.


The aim of the research group is to better our understanding of natural language by combining two areas of linguistic research whose integration is still nascent: historical linguistics and formal semantics. The group jointly explores, in a systematic manner, how studies in historical linguistics and in semantics can contribute to one another. It strives to draw conclusions about the properties of a variety of semantic categories, their universality, and the mechanisms underlying recurring shifts in meanings over time, or paths of semantic change, within these categories.


The group is led by Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal, Nora Boneh, Eitan Grossman, and Aynat Rubinstein. See the Mandel Scholion’s website for additional information about the group, its aims and members, as well as about the Center itself.


We welcome candidates with excellent research qualifications and an interest in language change and formal linguistics. Prior training in one of these areas is a prerequisite.


The recipient of the scholarships, who must register by October 2018 as doctoral students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will enjoy excellent working conditions for the two years of the scholarship, at the Mandel Scholion Center on the University’s Mount Scopus campus, including office space close to the project leaders and a yearly grant of 75,000 NIS. The recipient will be expected to devote these two years to writing his or her doctoral dissertation. Moreover, the fellow is expected to be present at the Mandel Scholion Center four days a week and participate in the group’s activities and those of the Center, which is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the promotion of excellent research in a wide variety of disciplines. The recipient of the scholarship is not permitted to engage in additional work during this period, other than possibly serving as a teaching or research assistant at the Hebrew University.


Applicants should send the following documents to


  1. CV
  2. Research statement (2 pages), with a focus on how the candidate’s research can contribute to the work of the group and also be enriched by it.
  3. Transcripts of BA and MA


They should also ask two scholars familiar with them and their work to submit recommendations directly to the above address.


Deadline for applications: 31 May 2018


Contact information:

Eitan Grossman (

Aynat Rubinstein (

Research Groups in the Humanities and Jewish Studies 2019-2022