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AIS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Association for Israel Studies announces a dissertation completion fellowship for outstanding doctoral students in any field of Israel Studies. The fellowship aims to provide support to doctoral students for the final stages of the completion of their dissertations.

Based in its commitment to fostering multidisciplinary research about Israel, these fellowships will constitute recognition of the contribution and potential of an emerging scholar. One fellowship, in the amount of $5,000, will be offered annually to an outstanding doctoral student, chosen by a committee of AIS-member scholars. The fellowship will be offered for a single year only. As a dissertation completion fellowship aimed at providing assistance for the final stages of doctoral work, the fellowship will not be renewable. Students are expected to complete their dissertations during the completion year.

The grantee will be asked to acknowledge the source of funding in all publications that rely on the funds of the AIS scholarship.


The AIS dissertation completion fellowship will be available to students at universities in any country who:

  • Have completed all departmental and university requirements (obtain ABD status).
  • Have completed an approved dissertation prospectus.
  • Have completed at least two draft dissertation chapters (or one draft article for students in fields where the dissertation consists of three articles), confirmed by the dissertation advisor.
  • Are current members of the AIS at the time of application.
  • Eligible dissertations will be written in English or Hebrew.


Applications and should include:

  • A cover letter (up to 1500 words) describing:
    • The purpose, objective and rationale for the research project.
    • The methodology or methodologies employed.
    • Major findings of the dissertation and their importance/ contribution to the field of Israel Studies.
  • A chapter of the dissertation.
  • A bibliography (no more than 2–3 pages).
  • A one-page timeline outlining the schedule for completing and successfully defending the dissertation within the fellowship year.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the student’s doctoral adviser/supervisor.
  • Professional CV and a full list of publications
  • Status Confirmation Form to be completed by department chair or director of graduate studies

Applicants should mail a single PDF comprising all aspects of the application (with the exception of letters of recommendation) as an attachment to this address: by February 15, 2024. Recommenders can submit their letters of recommendation by emailing them as attachments to the same email address.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The AIS will notify applicants of the AIS Academic Committee’s decisions by the beginning of April. For additional information please see:,and%20many%20in%20the%20humanities.

Names of winners will be published on the AIS website.