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Research Group Application Information 2020-2021

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.  Proposed topics similar to research groups in residence 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 February 2018]

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



Application Submission Process


Prior to submitting a pre-proposal, the initiator must fill out an online RG Initial Form requesting to begin the process for submitting a proposal. The request will be approved by the IIAS and once it is approved, the initiator will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to proceed to the Pre-proposal submission stage.



1. Pre-proposal: May 6– July 31, 2018. 

Pre-proposals are MANDATORY and are to be submitted online. The goal of the pre-proposal is to familiarize the initiators with RG residency life, both academically and administratively.

Upon submission of the pre-proposal, the initiators will be invitedto meet  with the IIAS Director. 

While filling out the  online pre-proposal formyou will be asked to provide/upload the following:

  • Personal information of organizer/s
  • Proposal Name and an abstarct Pof 500 words. The abstract should explain the project’s special significance to scholars that are not necessarily experts in this research topic and scholars from other disciplines.
  • Fellows information is not required but  may be entered at this stage: personal details and a short summary of the fellow's relevant research explaining his/her unique contribution to the group
  • List of publications to be uploaded: All publications / bibliography/ references should appear in a full format (and no more than 10 co-authors). Please mark the most relevant publications for the proposed research topic with an asterisk (not restricted to the group members, limited to 12 publications). Please list for each proposed fellow his/ her most relevant and significant publications which are related to the proposed research (limited to 4 publications). Explain in 1-2 sentences the contribution to the field by each of these listed publications.
  • Additional Needs of the group
  • Conflict of Interest: Please mention any potential conflict of interest (e.g., family relations, academic relationships). If none, please add a statement to this effect.
  • Diversity: Please mention issues related to (lack of) diversity. (e.g. geographical, women, post-doctoral, academic maturation of members/ guests).

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2018 (midnight)


2. Proposal Submission: September 2 - December 1, 2018


At this step, the initiator will receive an e-mail from the IIAS with approval to move to a full proposal submission. 


Materials for submission: 

Proposal Application Submission Information 

Biosketch Initiator


Submission Deadline: December 1, 2018 (midnight)


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 June 30, 2019.


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 July 2019. 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.