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Call for Applications: Visiting Fellow in Israel Studies at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

The visiting fellow will teach at least one course during the quarter of the visit on some aspect of Israel’s politics, society, economy, modern history, technological development and/or regional or international relations.

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) is pleased to announce a new visiting fellowship in Israel studies.  This unique position will appoint an Israel-based scholar to serve as a recurrent visiting fellow at FSI, Stanford, for a period of three years.  The visiting fellow will spend at least one academic quarter (Autumn, Winter or Spring) at Stanford University in each of the next three academic years (2022-23, '23-'24, and '24-'25). Should the visiting fellow be available for a longer visit, the program could support up to a year-long visit during one of these three years, ideally in the first year, and it might be able to support a longer visit in other years. The visiting fellow will be asked to teach at least one course during the quarter of the visit (or at least two during an academic year) on some aspect of Israel’s politics, society, economy, modern history, technological development, and/or regional or international relations.

Quarter-long visitors will be expected to be present on campus full-time (save for possible short trips) over the course of the quarter. The position is open to applicants in all social science disciplines as well as history and other fields bearing on public policy.  Applicants are expected to have outstanding records of scholarship and teaching, and tenured faculty from Israeli universities (with the equivalent rank of Associate Professor or higher) are strongly preferred.

In addition to teaching, the position also requires:

  • Agreement from the professor’s university in Israel to grant the professor leave to teach one quarter per year at Stanford for three consecutive years. Salary for the duration of a quarter-length term (three months) at Stanford would be provided at a rate approved by Stanford University and would take into account the cost of housing in the Stanford area. A quarter-long appointment would not be benefits-eligible as it is less than six months. Travel and relocation expenses would be reimbursed.
  • Willingness to advise and mentor Stanford students (graduate and undergraduate) interested in Israel, during the quarter in residence.
  • A commitment to organize at least one major public event or small-scale workshop on Israel during the professor’s quarter in residence on campus. 
  • Willingness to engage Stanford faculty interested in Israel and the Middle East, and to participate in discussions about how Stanford could deepen academic ties with Israel.

Applicants should submit by November 15, 2021, a current c.v., at least one syllabus or description of a course they might teach, and a letter describing their research, teaching, and interest in the program. Applications and inquiries should be emailed to Patrick Laboon at

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