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


Deadline for Applications:  September 15, 2020


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.   
Terms of the Fellowship
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:

Curriculum vitae – up to two pages
List of publications
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.
Academic writing – Please upload an academic publication or writing sample, up to thirty pages.
Dissertation abstract – up to two pages.
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.

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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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