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Research Group Application Information 2019-2020

Research Group Application Information


Research Group application submissions take place once a year.


There are two stages for submission: a pre-proposal and a proposal submission online. The process of application is competitive (in recent years the acceptance rate ranged from 15-25%). The IIAS considers academic excellence to be the dominant criterion.  Topics that were presented in recent years are less likely to be selected.


To learn more about previous Research Groups click HERE.


For the instructions on how to compose and assemble a research group, please download the

Guidelines to Composing a Research Group [updated July 2017]

Israeli Fellows Terms (non HUJI)  [updated August  2017]



Application Submission Process


1. Pre-proposal: June 1– September 1, 2017


Pre-proposals are MANDATORY.


At the pre-proposal stage the initiator provides a brief outline of the research focus of the RG with a letter of intent. A pre-proposal application should be limited to 2-3 pages. It should include an extended abstract that clearly poses the core research question to be examined by the RG. It should describe the importance and originality of the topic and specify the potential contribution and relevance of the core fellows toward the main theme. Key scholars should be mentioned.


The initiators are expected to schedule a meeting with the IIAS Director. The goal of the pre-proposal is to familiarize the initiators with RG residency life, both academically and administratively.


Materials for submission:

Pre-proposal Submission Information [updated January 2017]

Biosketch Initiator

Submit a pre-proposal HERE. 

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2017 (midnight)


2. Proposal Submission: September 15 – December 1, 2017


At this step, the initiator will submit a request to open a user name and password for the proposal submission system.

Submission Deadline: November 23, 2017 (midnight)


The request will be reviewed by the IIAS and the initiator will receive an e-mail from the IIAS with approval to move to a full proposal submission.

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2017 (midnight)


Materials for submission: 

Proposal Application Submission Information [updated January 2017]

Biosketch Initiator



Evaluation Process


IIAS Committees


The Academic Committees and the IIAS Board of Directors oversee the proposals to endure the diversity and balance of topics and disciplines for the academic year.


Proposals are evaluated by the Institute's Academic Committees, appointed by the Rector of The Hebrew University, the President of The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the Yad Hanadiv Foundation.   


The IIAS has two Academic Committees: (i) for evaluating proposals in the Natural Sciences and (ii) for evaluating proposals in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Its members are listed on our website.


Short List


All proposals are reviewed and evaluated by the IIAS Academic Committees who will select a number of proposals to be includedon a short list. Notification of rejection will be sent to all other proposal initiators. Proposals that have been selected for the short list will be evaluated by external referees. The majority of the external referees are from abroad. Each proposal will be evaluated by at least 3 external referees in addition to the assessment of the Academic Committee members.


Upon receiving approval of the proposal in the short list the proposal initiator is required to submit an updated and confirmed listing of all group participants with their explicit consent, and to complete missing information (e.g. CVs, change in academic status, key visiting scholars). In addition, the initiators should address specific comments and requests raised during the evaluation process (when appropriate).


The updated proposal is then reviewed by the Academic Committees and by a number of external referees. In recent years, the acceptance rate for proposals that were on the short list was 40-50%.


Submission of a detailed proposal does not constitute a commitment on the part of the IIAS or the nominees until a proposal receives final approval. Nominees must be informed that their appointment is subject to the approval of the IIAS Academic Committees.


A letter of acceptance or rejection will be sent by March 30, 2018.


Post-acceptance steps


The IIAS asks the initiator of an accepted Research Group to schedule a meeting with the IIAS Director and Administrative Director during April 2018. The agreement between the initiator and the IIAS will be signed in order to clarify the commitment of the group initiator. Additional practical and budget information will be shared with the RG initiators.


Nominee consent is considered a "declaration of intent." Once a group has been created and fellows and visitors have been approved, any changes to the list of participants or the status of a participant must be determined in consultation with the IIAS Director and the Academic Committees. Any change in the approved list of Research Group members should be justified in writing by the group initiator and approved by the IIAS Director and representatives of the Academic Committees.