General Information

The purpose of the postdoctoral fellowship is to enable young researchers, holding a doctoral degree, to continue their scientific studies whilst being accompanied by a senior faculty member with established research. This training is intended to advance the young researcher to another stage and to train him/her to serve as an independent researcher in academia or outside it.

International post-docs General information

Candidacy Terms

1.  A person who holds a doctoral degree (PhD) from a recognized institution of higher education is eligible for post-doctoral training at the Hebrew University (hereinafter: post-doctoral fellow).

2.  A candidate who has submitted his/her doctoral dissertation for evaluation and has produced confirmation thereof, may pursue post-doctoral training and will be eligible for a post-doctoral fellowship for a period of up to six months prior to approval of the doctoral dissertation. In special cases, the Dean is authorized to extend the period of training and eligibility for a fellowship beyond the six months, after having examined the information pertaining to the progress of the judging process.

3.  Post-doctoral training will start no later than five years after approval of the PhD. degree. In relation to this matter, a period of one year for each child born to the candidate during the relevant period will not be counted. In special cases, the Vice Rector is authorized to approve registration at a later date.

4.  The post-doctoral supervisor will be a member of faculty on the regular academic track, either in active employment or a pensioner.


Post Doctoral Regulations

Following is a brief of the Post-Doctoral Fellows’ regulations list (PDF).

  • All Post-Doctoral Fellows will be registered as such in the Department of Student Administration.
  • Stipends paid to Post-doctoral Fellows are considered by the Authorities in Israel as grants and are free of any tax in Israel.
  • Grants that are awarded by the University Fellowships Committee are for the duration of one year, with the possibility of extension for one additional year only.
  • The award of a grant may not be made conditional upon the performance of any work whatsoever other than the post-doctoral research in which the post-doctoral fellow is engaged.
  • Questions concerning the possibility of obtaining permission to engage in other work should be addressed to the person responsible for post-doctoral fellows in the Department or the Faculty. Employment within the Hebrew University shall be for pay and not on a voluntary basis.
  • The period of the fellowship will be determined at the time of registration. The period may be extended, to the length of time as stated in section 8 above.
  • Ending the fellowship on the initiative of the supervisor, prior to the expiry of the set period, will occur in special cases only, with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty and for reasons that will be recorded. The post-doctoral fellow will be notified of such, at least two months in advance, or in accordance with a decision of the Disciplinary committee.
  • All the intellectual rights pertaining to any invention developed by a Fellow as a result of or in the course of his/her research work at the Hebrew University and/or resulting from the use of University laboratories or property shall entirely belong to the University. The Fellow will be entitled to royalties deriving from patent registration of any such invention, as prescribed in the University Regulations.

How to Find a Supervisor?

To find an academic supervisor, send an email to the head of the relevant academic unit and indicate, as briefly as possible, the field of research. The head of the unit will forward your request to the appropriate faculty member for review. Here’s a list of heads of academic units.
Alternatively, you can browse the Hebrew University website and use the search engines provided there to locate academic units.