SPME, in cooperation and with the support of the Jewish National Fund and MediaWatch International along with SPME Network contributors like you, are pleased to announce that after a year of dormancy, we are once again co-sponsoring the highly successful and competitive Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel Academic Program from June 9-17, 2010. To learn more about the Fellowship click here.
The application deadline is April 15, 2010. To apply click here.
The Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel is a competitive academic fellowship that invites full-time university and college faculty members to apply to participate in a two-week Summer Fellowship in Israel. The Program seeks to link scholars from diverse disciplines with their Israeli counterparts at major institutions for the purpose of initiating exchanges and collaborations.
The program will be enhanced with participants meeting with professionals and experts involved in government, industry, education, media and other sectors to understand the many facets of Israel’s evolving national and international policies.. Participants will gain a deeper awareness of the many challenges faced by the country and the creativity, spirit and ingenuity that Israelis bring to tackling these issues.
To provide a dynamic and academically productive experience, the program will highlight several key categories:
- Academic Exchange, Networking and Collaboration: This is the central focus of this fellowship. Participants will engage in unique opportunities to partake in cross-cultural academic and professional dialogues and exchanges with colleagues in specific disciplines at leading Israeli institutions.
- History: Explore how the history of the region continues to shape contemporary issues.
- Society: Observe the many faces of Israel – its heterogeneous and complex population with historical connections to many faiths and traditions – that is rarely portrayed in its complexity.
- Economy: See why many argue that the future of peace in the region begins with the economic alliances that are being built today.
- Politics, Diplomacy and the Media: The politics of the region are the subject of intense debate in mainstream media and of intellectual dialogue in our classrooms. Get a close-up look at political discourse on the ground and the role of the media.
- Culture: Art reflects life – and Israel is no exception. See ways in which the drama of the region plays out on stage, screen and in literature.
- Science and Technology: Expand collaborative academic ties and gain insight into Israeli advances in science, information, medical and pharmaceutical technologies and how these developments are playing a role in shaping the future of the region.
- Law, Democracy and Human Rights: Debate and discuss the development of Israel as a democracy that is committed to principles of transparency, human rights and the rule of law within the framework of the contemporary Middle East.
Universities involved in this year’s program hopefully include and are not limited to: Haifa University, Technion, Ariel University Center, Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University, Ben Gurion University, The Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya( IDC), Sapir College and Weizmann Institute and have all been contacted in order to support the program by facilitating Fellows visits and working with them to schedule peer-to-peer meetings, presentation of papers, any conferences or forums that may be happening on their respective campuses at the time and matching that with the specialized disciplines of our successful candidates.