Call for Applications for the Academic Year 2018-2019

The Martin Buber Society of Fellows aims at fostering inter-disciplinary academic discourse at the highest level among outstanding young scholars (post-doctoral). Scholars who have completed their PhD at an Israeli or German university, as well as citizens of Israel or Germany who have received their PhD in any country, are eligible to apply. Applicants must have their PhD degree approved no earlier than October 1st, 2013, and no later than July 1st, 2018. Application is open for those specializing in all fields of the Humanities and the Social Sciences (with the exception of Law and Applied Economics). We are looking for creative humanists and social scientists with broad intellectual horizons. No special connection of the subject matter to Jewish studies or Israel is required.

Each year the Academic Committee of the Martin Buber Society selects up to ten exceptionally gifted young scholars (up to five from Israel and five from Germany). The Fellows are asked to move to Jerusalem and stay in residence. They receive a monthly stipend of approximately 9000 NIS and an additional housing subsidy that can be used either for apartments in the university’s Student Village (on campus) or help with costs in apartments elsewhere in town. Non-Israeli fellows who move to Jerusalem with their family are eligible for additional support.

Fellows are obliged to participate in biweekly colloquia, workshops, lectures, study excursions, and other cultural and academic activities of the MBSF. They have the opportunity to pursue their individual research under optimal conditions for the term of their fellowship and are expected to become part of the vibrant scholarly community in Jerusalem, reflecting the widest possible disciplinary spectrum in the Humanities and Social Sciences and embodying a spirit of shared intellectual adventure. Discussions in the Martin Buber Society take place in English (not in Hebrew or German).

Scholarships are granted for a maximum of four years (subject to a review at the end of each year), beginning October 1, 2018, on the basis of a detailed outline and description of a research project of major scope and innovative character.

The deadline for applications for 2018-2019 is November 23th 2017. The Academic Committee of the Martin Buber Society will meet before the middle of February to choose next year’s fellows. Outstanding candidates will be invited--at relatively short notice at the beginning of February-- for an interview, either in person or on Skype.

The application process is simple and begins with registration at our Website or, where further instructions are found.

The Martin Buber Society of Fellows, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Mandel Building, Room 321, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, 91905.

For further inquiries please contact Yael Baron at
Tel. 00972 (0)2-5883901 or 00972(0)2 5881747 Website: