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Supporting promising women pursuing research careers in mathematical & computational sciences or engineering in Israel

The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Postdoctoral Award for Women in Mathematical and Computing Sciences (“Israeli Women’s Postdoctoral Award”) supports promising women who receiving their doctorate from a university in Israel and pursuing academic research careers in the mathematical and computational sciences or engineering in Israel. Each recipient receives US $50,000 upon beginning a fellowship in her discipline outside of Israel within a year of the award announcement, with a possibility of another $50,000 for a second year based on research progress and Program guidelines.

The goal of the Program is to increase the number of women faculty members in research universities in Israel in the fields of mathematical and computational sciences and engineering. Carrying out research in a center abroad is an important step in a research career, as it provides exposure to broader trends in a researcher’s field, increases visibility and participation in professional networks, and establishes a position in the global field.

Approximately 10 women per year will be competitively selected for this award, and will receive assistance in pursuing a postdoctoral or early career research fellowship abroad in specified areas by supplementing their annual income. This award will enable them to pursue and focus on their research while maintaining other obligations they might have.

An international committee of distinguished researchers will assist in evaluating the applications and identifying the top candidates:

  • Shiri Artstein-Avidan, Tel Aviv University
  • Hagit Attiya, Technion
  • Ron Brachman, Cornell Tech
  • Michael Elhadad, Ben Gurion University
  • Stuart Feldman, Schmidt Futures
  • Yoelle Maarek, Amazon Research
  • Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University
  • Jeff Rosenschein, Hebrew University
  • Lihi Zelnik-Manor, Technion

Eligibility

Applications will generally be accepted through May 15, 2018 from women who plan to complete their PhDs the subsequent year and would like to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship abroad for the following year. Applications will also be accepted from early-career (less than three years after receiving their PhD) untenured women faculty members in universities in Israel who are considering a research leave abroad. Applicants will complete an online form and provide a CV, research plan, and letters of reference. To be eligible, the applicants’ research must be in the areas of mathematical and computational sciences or engineering.

Recipients of the award will be announced in the fall of each year, in time to permit them to apply for appropriate fellowships abroad and reference the award on their applications.
The Program will award each recipient US $50,000. The award only will be made to women who take an offer of a fellowship in her discipline outside of Israel within a year of the award announcement and will be paid when they start their stay abroad. Support will be offered for one year with a possibility of a renewal and another $50,000 for a second year based on research progress and Program guidelines. The Program also will assist awardee travel to universities where they may seek a postdoctoral position. For women who are approved for a second postdoctoral year, the Program also will assist in paying for a return trip to Israel to reinforce ties with one or more universities.

This fellowship is made possible through funding from The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation. We also thank the Technion for their assistance in managing the data for the candidates.