New call for the JBC "GOLD" PhD Fellowship in Brain Research

June 14, 2020

The Jerusalem Brain Community (JBC) encourages PhD students who want to conduct interdisciplinary research in the field of brain science.

Gold Fellowship Amount up to $15,000

The fellowship is offered for a maximum of two years. Extension of the Fellowship beyond the first year, will depend on the academic performance of the candidate.  


  • The candidate must be a PhD student in one of the JBC Members’ Labs and has received approval of their doctoral program, (stage b), by the Authority for Research Students.
  • A student may not receive the fellowship, if he/she already receives a similar fellowship from ELSC. 
  • Students who receive fellowships from other faculties are eligible for a JBC Fellowship. However, the total combined amount, shall not exceed the maximum allowed by Hebrew University.

Evaluation of an applicant proposal:

The Fellowship will be awarded after a rigorous academic review process of the JBC Academic Committee based on: 

1. Previous academic achievements of the applicant. 

2. The scientific merit of the PhD research proposal. 

3. In some cases, a personal interview of the final candidates by the Academic Committee and the PI. 

4. Preference will be given to students who conduct interdisciplinary research, combining different aspects of brain and behavior research, in two or more labs of JBC members. 

Gold Fellowship Requirements:

  • Play an active role in JBC community.
  • Participate in JBC activities, e.g., attend JBC-sponsored events, etc.
  • Update the JBC on your experience, the fruits of your work, and the insights gained.
  • Submit annual reports to JBC, including recent publications and presentations and other activities related to JBC.
  • Acknowledge JBC in publications and presentations

Extension of the fellowship to the following year:

The JBC is not committed to extend the fellowship in advance. The fellowship may be extended, depending on availability of funds and the scientific achievements of the candidate. A written summary of these achievements and a short description of the research goals for the following year (max, 2 pages) are obligatory. 

Please note:

  • Stipends paid to doctoral fellows are considered grants by the Authorities in Israel and are tax free.
  • All the intellectual rights pertaining to any invention developed by a Fellow as a result of or in the course of his/her research work at the Hebrew University and/or resulting from the use of University laboratories or property, shall entirely belong to the University. The Fellow will be entitled to royalties deriving from patent registration of any such invention, as prescribed in the University Regulations. 

Submission Requirements:

Application form and supporting documents (uploaded to 'Documents Upload' folder according to the instructions):

1.  Photograph

2.  Application form in English (Online Application form).

3.  Research Proposal (max 4 pages, font size 11, 1.5 line spacing).

4.  Curriculum Vitae

5.  List of publications, if applicable.

6.  The most significant academic article/paper (PDF format).

7.  3 Letters of Recommendation (typed in English). The letters should be sent by the referee directly to the JBC fellowship portal according to this mechanism.

8.  Copy of approval of the Doctoral Program.


Consideration will be given only to complete applications. 

Last date to submit applications is July 12 , 2020

Apply here