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Current VIPs

-Uriel Abulof
(Princeton University)

- Erga Atad
(Tulane University)

- Haya Bar-Itzhak
(University of Michigan)

- Sariel Birnbaum
(San Diego State University)

- Julia Chaitin
(University of Texas)

- Assaf Gavron
(University of Nebraska)

- Gal Levy
(University of Kansas)

- Gershon Lewenthal
(University of Oklahoma)

- Anat Maor
(Brooklyn College)

- Tikva Meroz-Aharoni
(University of Kentucky)

- Ben Mor
(University of Missouri)

- Ilai Saltzman
(Claremont McKenna College)

- Noam Shoval
(University of Pittsburgh)

- Mohammad Wattad
(University of California Irvine)

- Michael Weinstock
(University of California Los Angeles)

- Rafeket Zalashik
(Vanderbilt University)

- Ido Zelkovitz
(University of Minnesota)

- Daniel Zisenwine
(U.S. Naval Academy)

About the VIP Program

The Visiting Israeli Professor (VIP) program accepts applications from Israeli faculty interested in being considered for university teaching positions in the United States for at least one full academic year.

The aim of the VIP program is to present American students with a broad understanding of Israel's history, society, politics, culture and relations with its neighbors and the broader international community.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D., have a distinguished publishing record and be prepared to spend a full academic year in residence at the U.S. institution. VIPs should also be fluent in English and engaging teachers, as they will be expected to teach four courses - at least two on topics relating to modern Israel.

The definition of Israel studies varies among the campuses and positions, but should be considered flexible. The greatest demand is usually in the fields of history and political science; however, scholars in other fields of social science, humanities, as well as law, economics and education will also be considered.

VIPs will be asked to participate in an orientation conference held during the summer in Israel. They should also be prepared to spend time and work with students and faculty outside of their classes and to engage in public education about Israel through the media and by speaking on their campus and in the wider community.

Since the program began in 2006, more than 100 VIPs have been brough to more than 50 campuses across the United States. In 2013-2014, the program is supporting 21 Visiting Professor and one Meyerhoff visitor. Universities hosting scholars include Berkeley, the U.S. Naval Academy, Tulane, George Washington and Virginia. Some of these institutions may receive grants for 2014-15, but other universities will surely be added to this list.

VIPs are recommended to the universities based on select qualifications, but the institutions ultimately make hiring decisions and negotiate directly with the scholar on terms of employment. No funds are distributed directly to VIPs through the program, with the exception of reimbursing expenses associated with participation in the orientation meeting.

A VIP can receive funding for a period not to exceed three academic years. The purpose of the program is to facilitate an exchange of knowledge, to build international cooperation and to promote the field of Israel studies. To ensure that these objectives are respected - and the impact on the brain drain from Israel is minimized - professors are expected to return to Israel upon completion of their visit.

Interviews for future VIPs are conducted with applicants in Israel in October.

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, at least 20 major American universities receive grants to appoint VIPs each year. We anticipate funding from other foundations to support several additional visiting professors. Each university will receive a $60,000 toward the salary, benefits and travel expenses of the VIP. Universities are required to contribute a minimum of $15,000.

To be considered for a Visiting Professor position, please click the link below to send a CV, cover letter that includes courses you would like to teach, and a sample syllabus (note any syllabi may be published on this website). Please include in the subject line “VIP Application.”

** Applications for VIP positons for the 2014-2015 academic year are now closed **