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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 2020-2023

Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowships

in the Humanities and Jewish Studies for 2020-2023


  • 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, 2015. Candidates who have not yet completed their degrees may apply if they have submitted their dissertations by September 15, 2019. If awarded the fellowship, their acceptance will be conditional upon completion of their doctoral degrees by April 1, 2020.
  • 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, 2020. 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, 2019

Mandel Scholion Website:    

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, 2020 and ends on September 30, 2023. 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 Sunday, September 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (Israeli time).


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

During the third week of November 2019, shortlisted candidates from Israel and abroad will be invited to come to Jerusalem to be interviewed by the Center’s Academic Committee on Thursday, January 2, 2020.


Any questions?






CFA: Doctoral Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2019-2022


Attention! The registration for this open call has closed.

We will publish a new open call for upcoming years during the next academic year.


Doctoral Fellowships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem


The research group “Setting Tables: Eating, Social Boundaries and Intercultural Transfers,” which will operate for three years beginning 1 October 2019 at the Mandel Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, invites applicants for four three-year doctoral fellowships.


The group’s members are Dr. Yair Furstenberg of HUJI’s Dept. of Talmud and Halakha, Dr. Dana Kaplan of the Open University of Israel’s Dept. of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, and Prof. Zeev Weiss and Prof. Nathan Wasserman of HUJI’s Institute of Archaeology. See the Mandel Scholion Center’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 in related fields. Recipients of the scholarships must be registered as doctoral students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem by October 2018. They will enjoy excellent working conditions for the three years of the scholarship, at the Mandel Scholion Center on the University’s Mount Scopus campus, including office space close to the group’s senior scholars and a yearly grant of 75,000 NIS. The recipients will be expected to devote these three years to preparing their doctoral dissertations. Moreover, they are expected to be present at the Mandel Scholion Center four days a week and to participate in their 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. Doctoral prospectus or, if that has not yet been approved, a statement of research interests.
  3. A brief statement (up to two pages) that explains how the candidate’s research can contribute to the work of the group and also be enriched by it
  4. Transcripts of BA and MA studies


Applicants should also ask two scholars familiar with them and their work to submit recommendations directly to the same email address.


Any questions may also be addressed to the same address, or to one of the members of the group.


Deadline for applications: 5 March 2019. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held at the Mandel Scholion Center during the afternoon of March 20.




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