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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.
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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


Mandel Scholion Doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities and Jewish Studies for 2021-2024


Doctoral Fellowship at the Mandel Scholion Center

This call is now closed


The Mandel Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center is now calling for applications for a three year doctoral fellowship related to the theme "The Evolution of Attention in Modern and Contemporary Culture: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Making of the Human." The fellows will be part of  a research group devoted to this theme that will operate from October 2021 until September 2024 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Research will be devoted to a tracing of the emergence of current debates on attention  as a method to gauge cultural shifts in the way we bolster or challenge common conceptualizations of attention. By looking back to artistic and literary explorations of attention, we will seek to ask, first, whether the seismic shift associated with the digital revolution has indeed radically changed the value of attention in human life, or whether such shifts are already  evident in our past history; second, how technology complements or is in competition with cultural commentary on attention, and, third, what the comparative analyses of these epistemes might contribute to our understanding of the human. Our exploration will be cognizant of empirical data from ongoing studies on questions of attention and perception in an attempt to test the commonalities between disciplines. We aim to investigate how the rise and fall of competing terms such as distraction, boredom and attention deficit are suggestive not only of the bon ton of an era, but of significant shifts in the way we understand community, the individual and the state that holds them together.

The group is led by Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi, Prof. Gal Ventura, Prof. Yael Levin, and Prof. Ayelet Landau. 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 our topic from a wide range of fields in the Humanities and Social Studies. The Mandel Scholion Research Center is a center for excellence in interdisciplinary studies. It seeks to foster a wide range of critical approaches and welcomes candidates whose research represents the broad reach of human endeavor. Four candidates will be chosen to take part in the group’s work.

Terms and Conditions:

*The recipients of the scholarship must register by October 2021 as doctoral students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

*The recipients of the scholarships will enjoy excellent work conditions for the three years of the scholarship at the Mandel Scholion Center at the University’s Mount Scopus campus. This includes office space close to the project leaders and a yearly grant of 75,000 NIS subject to the rules and regulations of the Hebrew University by laws for doctoral fellowships.

* The recipient will be expected to devote these three years to writing his or her doctoral dissertation and contribute to the group's research products. The fellow is expected to be present at the Mandel Scholion Center four days a week and to participate in the activities of the group and of the Center, which is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the promotion of excellence in a wide spectrum of disciplines.

*The recipient of the scholarship is not permitted to engage in additional work during this period, other than teaching or a research assistantship at the Hebrew University.


*Students who will be registered as Ph.D students in October 2021 at the Hebrew University may apply.


Applicants should send the following documents to:

1. Confirmation of their status as a doctoral student at HUJI in Fall 2021. If they are not yet registered they must apply by 01/07/2021 and be registered by 10/10/2021 as a PhD candidate.

2. Research proposal. Please submit the proposal approved by the research authority. If the proposal has not yet been approved, please submit a short description of the planned project for the dissertation. A short abstract of the candidate's PhD project.

3. 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.

4. CV

5. Two recommendations from scholars familiar with the applicant and their work that will be submitted to the application website email.

6. Transcripts of BA and MA

Deadline for applicationsMarch 14th   2021

Interviews are planned for the afternoon of Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

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Questions Answers

I have difficulties registering or uploading files.

For any technical difficulties with the registration website, please contact the support staff:

If I have further questions, can I get in touch?

Yes, feel free to ask any questions via our email:

Does it matter when one submits the application?

Yes, you have to submit all the required documents, including the recommendations by the 14th of March, 2021. We will not receive materials after the final date.

My research is related to the group's theme, but I cannot commit to being present on campus four days a week, can I still apply for the scholarship?

You have to be present at Mandel Scholion a minimum of four days of the week. You can apply only if are willing to undertake all the conditions of the scholarship.

I have two more years until I finish my PhD, may I apply?

Yes, you can apply, even if you are in the middle of your PhD.

I am in the final stages of completing my M.A thesis at another institution and I intend to continue to a PhD, may I apply for the doctoral fellowship in Mandel Scholion?

In order to be accepted, you have to be affiliated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. You may apply if you commit to start your PhD at HUJI and participate in the group's activities. You have to confirm your status as a doctoral student at HUJI in Fall 2021. If you aren't registered yet, you must apply by 01/07/2021 and be registered by 10/10/2021 as a PhD candidate. You also must find a supervisor in order to register

I intent to start my PhD next year at another institution; may I still apply for the scholarship? In order to be accepted, you have to be affiliated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities and Jewish Studies for 2021-2024

    Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowships

in the Humanities and Jewish Studies for 2021–2024

This call is now closed. Please check back in the spring for information about the fall 2021 applications

  • 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, 2016. Candidates who have not yet completed their degrees may apply if they have submitted their dissertations by September 15, 2020. If awarded the fellowship, their acceptance will be conditional upon approval of their doctoral degrees by April 1, 2021.
  • 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, 2021. There is an option for a one- or two-year fellowship.
  • 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 15, 2020

Mandel Scholion Website:

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Terms of the Fellowship

  1. Mandel Scholars will devote their time to research and are not allowed to be employed elsewhere, apart from teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  2. Mandel Scholars are each allotted an office in the Mandel Building on Mount Scopus, where they are 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.
  3. The fellowship begins on October 1, 2021 and ends on September 30, 2024. 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.
  4. The Center’s 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.
  5. 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 system will close on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.


Applicants must submit:

  1. Online application form
  2. Curriculum vitae – up to two pages
  3. List of publications
  4. Statement of purpose – Please describe, in up to two pages, your research goals 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.
  5. Academic writing – Please upload an academic publication or writing sample, up to thirty pages.
  6. Dissertation abstract – up to two pages.
  7. Two letters of recommendation –   Please ask two scholars who know you and your work to submit letters of recommendation, by the Sept. 15 deadline, according to the guidelines and instructions supplied by the Scholarship System.


Selection Process

In the first week of December 2020, shortlisted candidates will be notified. Interviews for potential candidates will be held via Zoom on December 30th  and December 31 st.

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