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The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Call for Applications for the Academic Year 2020-2021

04.09.2019 20:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Deadline: November 4, 2019

The Martin Buber Society of Fellows aims at fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse at the highest level among outstanding young scholars (post-doctoral).

Candidates who have completed their PhD at an Israeli or German university, as well as citizens of Israel or Germany who have received their PhD in any country, are eligible to apply. Applicants must have their PhD degree in hand no earlier than October 1st, 2015, and no later than July 1st, 20201. Application is open for those specializing in all fields of the Humanities and the Social Sciences2. We are looking for creative humanists and social scientists with broad intellectual horizons. No connection of the subject matter to Jewish studies or Israel is required.

Each year the Academic Committee of the Martin Buber Society of Fellows selects up to ten exceptionally gifted young scholars (up to five from Israel and five from Germany). The Fellows are asked to move to Jerusalem and stay in residence. They receive a monthly stipend of approximately 9000 NIS and an additional housing subsidy that can be used either for apartments in the university’s Student Village (on campus) or to help with rental costs elsewhere in town. Non-Israeli fellows who move to Jerusalem with their family are eligible for additional support.

Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their individual research under optimal conditions for the term of their fellowship and are expected to become part of the vibrant scholarly community in Jerusalem, reflecting the widest possible disciplinary spectrum in the Humanities and the Social Sciences and embodying a spirit of shared intellectual adventure. They are obliged to participate in biweekly colloquia, workshops, lectures, study excursions, and other cultural and academic activities of the MBSF. Discussions in the Martin Buber Society take place in English (not in Hebrew or German).

Scholarships are granted for a maximum of four years, beginning October 1, 2020 (subject to review at the end of each year), on the basis of a detailed proposal of a research project of major scope and innovative character. Indeed, an imaginative proposal (no longer than 5 pages) that proves the applicant’s ability to carry out cutting-edge research in her or his field is the most important part of the application.

The deadline for applications for 2020-2021 is November 4, 2019. The Academic Committee of the Martin Buber Society will meet before the middle of February to choose the new cohort of fellows. Outstanding candidates will be invited--at short notice at the beginning of February-- for an interview either in person or via Skype.

The application process is simple (a CV and a list of publications, a 1-page abstract of the PhD, a research proposal of 5 pages, and two recommendation letters) and begins with registration at; the entire process of registration and application is done online through this link.

It is crucial to read the instructions on the website before starting the application process (which is entirely online).

The MBSF is committed to diversity and equal opportunity and encourages applicants from all backgrounds and communities to apply.

The Martin Buber Society of Fellows, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Mandel Building, Room 3221, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, 91905.

For further information about the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, for application timeline and frequently asked questions please check our website:

For further inquiries please contact Ms. Gabi Ben-Zion at | Tel. 00972 (0)2-5883901


1 For German institutions, the day of the disputation is the decisive date; for Israeli institutions, the date on the letter of approval of the dissertation. Applicants with children under the age of five (at the time of the November 4 deadline) get an extra year, and may apply if they have their PhD no earlier than October 1st 2014.

2 Applications that are purely technical in nature, such as in the fields of applied economics or practical law, will be not be considered.



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