Each year the Institute hosts approximately 40 fellows. Fellows of the Institute are members of Collaborative Research Groups that convene for a period of up to ten months. In any given year the Institute hosts three to four Collaborative Research Groups, composed of scholars from Israel and abroad in comparatively equal proportions.


A wide range of disciplines has been represented by the Research Groups hosted at the Institute. Fellows of the Institute participate in the IAS programs, free of their normal teaching obligations and administrative duties. Any scholar may submit a proposed topic for a research group along with the names of those who will be part of the group.


Research groups are composed of eight fellows as well as additional guests. The Institute attracts scholars who constitute the vanguard in their various disciplines.


By encouraging long-term interaction, the Institute contributes to the interchange of knowledge and the vitality of academic life in Israel and throughout the world.


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September 1, 2019 -June 30, 2020
Re-theorizing the Architecture of Housing as Grounds for Research and Practice
Yael Allweil (Technion) and Gaia Caramellino
(Politecnico di Milano)
September 1, 2019 -January 31, 2020
Deconstructing and Reconstructing Consciousness:
An Interdisciplinary Approach to a Perennial Puzzle
Daphna Shohamy (Columbia University) and
Leon Deouell (The Hebrew University)
November 1, 2019 -January 31, 2020Constitutional TransplantationsAnat Scolnicov (University of Winchester)
November 1, 2019 -January 31, 2020
Interrupting Kafka: Research Laboratory for
Scholarship and Artistic Creativity
Ruth Kanner (Tel Aviv University) and
Freddie Rokem (Tel Aviv University)
March 1, 2020 -July 31, 2020
Variety and Variability: Mapping the Cultural and Social Diversity of the Southern Levant in the Hellenistic Period
Adi Erlich (Haifa University) and Uzi Leibner
(The Hebrew University)
March 1, 2020 -July 31, 2020
Cosmopolitan Spaces in an Urban Context: A Case Study of Odessa, 1880-1925
Mirja Lecke (Ruhr University) and Efraim Sicher
(Ben-Gurion University)




May 1, 2019 –
July 31, 2019

Big Data and Planets

Tsevi Mazeh (Tel Aviv University)

Sept. 1, 2018 -
July 1, 2019

The Reception and Impact of Aristotelian Logic in Medieval Jewish Culture

Charles Manekin (University of Maryland) and
Yehuda Halper (Bar-Ilan University)

Sept. 1, 2018 -
July 1, 2019

New Directions in the Study of Javanese Literature

Ronit Ricci (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Sept. 1, 2018 -
July 1, 2019

Rethinking Early Modern Jewish Legal Culture: New Sources, Methodologies and Paradigms

Jay Berkovitz (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and
Arye Edrei (Tel Aviv University)




March 1, 2018 -
August 1, 2018

The Day Unit in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Jonathan Ben-Dov (University of Haifa) and
Sacha Stern (University College London)

Sept. 1, 2017 -
July 1, 2018

Geometric, Topological and Computational Aspects of High-Dimensional Combinatorics

Alexander Lubotzky (The Hebrew University) and 
Tali Kaufman (Bar-Ilan University) 

Sept. 1, 2017 -
July 1, 2018

The Subject of Antiquity: Contours and Expressions of the Self in Ancient Mediterranean Culture

Ishay Rosen-Zvi (Tel Aviv University) and
Maren Niehoff (The Hebrew University)




April 1, 2016 –
July 1, 2017

Stochasticity and Control in the Dynamics and Diversity of Immune Repertoires: an Example of Multi-Cellular Co-Operation

Uri Hershberg (Drexel University) and
Gur Yaari (Bar-Ilan University)

Sept. 1, 2016 -
July 1, 2017

From Creation to Sinai: Genesis and Exodus in Antiquity: Jewish, Christian, and Early Muslim Traditions in Interaction

Esther Eshel (Bar-Ilan University) and
Menahem Kister (The Hebrew University)

Sept. 1, 2016 -
July 1, 2017

Jewish Women’s Cultural Capital from the Late Middle Ages Through the Early Twentieth Century

Moshe Rosman (Bar-Ilan University)




June 1, 2016 -
August 31, 2016

Health and the Environment: A Unifying Framework from Individual Stress to Ecosystem Functioning

Dror Hawlena (The Hebrew University)

March 1 2016 -
July 31, 2016

The Legitimization of Modern Criminal Law

Alon Harel (The Hebrew University)

Sept. 1, 2015 -
January 31, 2016

A Lasting Vision: Dandin’s Mirror in the World of Asian Letters

Yigal Bronner (The Hebrew University)

Sept. 1, 2015 -
June 30, 2016

The Poetics of Christian Performance: Prayer, Liturgy, and their Environments in East and West (5th to 11th Century)

Brouria Bitton-Ashkelon (The Hebrew University)
Derek Krueger (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Sept. 1, 2015 -
January 31, 2016

Computability: Historical, Logical and Philosophical Foundations

Jack Copeland (University of Canterbury) and
Eli Dresner (Tel Aviv University)




March 1, 2014 -
July 31, 2015

Galicia: Literary and Historical Approaches to the Construction of a Jewish Place

Ariel Hirschfeld (The Hebrew University) and
Alan Mintz (Jewish Theological Seminary)

Sept. 1, 2014 -
June 30, 2015

The Visualization of Knowledge in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

Marcia Kupfer (Independent Scholar, Washington DC) and
Katrin Kogman Appel (Ben Gurion University)

Sept. 1, 2014 -
June 30, 2015

Interpretation as a Generator of Religious Law: A Comparative Perspective 

Rami Reiner (Ben Gurion University) and
Vered Noam (Tel Aviv University)




Sept. 15, 2013 -
February 15, 2014

Arithmetic & Dynamics

Peter Sarnak (Princeton University),
Shahar Mozes (The Hebrew University), and
Elon Lindenstrauss (The Hebrew University)

Sept. 1, 2013 -
June 30, 2014

Chinese and Tibetan Tantric Buddhism

Yael Bentor (The Hebrew University) and
Meir Shahar (Tel Aviv University)

Sept. 1, 2013 -
June 30, 2014

Contextualizing the Cult of the Southern Levant in the Greco-Roman Period: Monotheism and Polytheism between Continuity and Change

Oren Tal (Tel Aviv University) and
Zeev Weiss (The Hebrew University)




Sept. 1, 2012 -
July 1, 2013

Convergence and Divergence in Pentateuchal Theory: Bridging the Academic Cultures of Israel, North America, and Europe

Bernard M. Levinson (University of Minnesota),
Konrad Schmid (University of Zurich) and
Baruch Schwartz (The Hebrew University)

Sept. 1, 2012 -
July 1, 2013

Neo-Aramaic Dialectology

Steven Fassberg (The Hebrew University),
Simon Hopkins (The Hebrew University),and
Hezy Mutzafy (Tel Aviv University)

Sept. 1, 2012 -
Feb. 1, 2013

Patterns and Processes in Organizational Networks

Yuval Kalish (Tel Aviv University) and
Amalya Oliver (The Hebrew University)

March 1, 2013 -
August 1, 2013

The Influential Child: The Role of Children's Psychobiology and Socialization in Development

Maayan Davidov (The Hebrew University) and
Ariel Knafo (The Hebrew University)




Sept. 1, 2011 –
Feb. 29, 2012

The Migration of Criminal Law Principles 
From National to International Law

Miriam Gur-Arye (The Hebrew University)

Sept. 1, 2011 –
Feb. 29, 2012

Practical and Theoretical Rationality: 
A Comparative Study

Ruth Weintraub (Tel Aviv University)

March 1,2012 –
Aug 31, 2012

Bounded Rationality: Beyond The Classical Paradigm

Elchanan Ben-Porath (The Hebrew University & Center for the Study of Rationality)

March 1,2012 –
Aug 31, 2012

Jewish Physicians in Medieval Christian Europe: 
Professional Knowledge as a Cultural Change

Gad Freudenthal (CNRS Paris & University of Geneva) and
Reimund Leicht (The Hebrew University)

March 1,2012 –
May 31, 2012

Integrability and Gauge/String Duality

Romuald A. Janik (Jagiellonian University) and 
Matthias Staudacher (Humboldt University)

June 1, 2012 –
Aug 31, 2012

Molecular Electronics

Amnon Aharony (Ben-Gurion University)