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. Upon 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 two draft dissertation chapters (or one draft article for students in

fields where the dissertation consists of three articles), confirmed by the dissertation


• 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:

o The purpose, objective and rationale for the research project.

o The methodology or methodologies employed.

o 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


• Professional CV and a full list of publications

• Status Confirmation Form to be completed by department chair or director of graduate


Incomplete applications will not be considered.


All information should be sent by email to:

Names of winners will be published on the AIS website.