Northwestern University - TAU Postdoctoral Fellowship

Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA, in partnership with the Moshe Dayan Center and Tel Aviv University, announces a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Israel Studies. The program seeks to advance the teaching of Israel Studies at Northwestern University and to provide opportunities for candidates to advance their scholarship. The appointment is for a two-year residency at Northwestern University during the academic years of 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. The Fellowship begins in the Fall quarter of September 2017.

Academic Areas
The field of Israel Studies includes, but is not limited, to the following areas:

  • The Israeli Political System
  • The History of Israel
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • The Economy of Israel
  • Religion in Israel
  • Sociology and Anthropology of Israeli society
  • Contemporary Israeli Culture, Literature, Poetry, Art, Theatre, Music and Cinema

Applicants must have gained their Ph.D degrees no more than five years prior to the date of application. Applications from candidates presently holding ongoing faculty positions will not be accepted. Proficiency in English is essential, as is a demonstrable record of distinguished college- level teaching experience. Employment at Northwestern University is contingent on receipt of an appropriate US Visa. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer guidelines apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


  • Teaching one course per academic quarter (No teaching is required during the first quarter in residence). In total it is 5 quarters of teaching after 2 years.
  • Pursuit of independent scholarship (Fellows are free to follow their own research interests).
  • Presentation of research paper in departmental colloquia.
  • Participation in Israel-related academic activities at Northwestern and the Chicago area.

Submission of Application
Please send a letter of application and attach the following documents in English. 

  • Full and updated Curriculum Vitae.
  • Short abstract of Ph.D dissertation (half a page).
  • A short summary of your research and teaching interests (one page).
  • A sample of scholarly writing (can be a chapter of Ph.D dissertation).
  • A statement describing the research plan that you would like to pursue (one page).
  • An outline of two courses you would be interested in teaching at Northwestern University.
  • Two letters of recommendation, with at least one commenting on the candidate's teaching capabilities. Letters should be addressed directly to the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center at the below address.

Applications should be received by 31 January 2017. Applications can be sent by e-mail to, or by post to the below address:

Dr. Joel D. Parker

The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies

Tel Aviv University

Ramat Aviv, 6997801