The Israel Taxonomy Initiative offers the following grants and fellowships:
  • PhD scholarships: 4 years in an Israeli university.
  • Post Doctoral fellowships: 1-2 years for Israeli scholars abroad.
  • Biodiversity surveys: Israeli researchers may apply for systematic surveys in Israel. To date six surveys were granted every year.
  • Travel funds: ITI will assist in travel expenses for Israeli PhD students who train to become taxonomists, for research and study in leading institutions.
  • Visiting Scientists: Experts from around the world are invited to give taxonomy courses in Israel. See below.
Call for proposals for visiting scientists in the field of Taxonomy

During the academic year 2013/2014 the Israel Taxonomy Initiative wishes to invite scientists with expertise in specific taxonomic groups, for a period of about three weeks. The visiting scientist will be asked to teach a course of about one week in his/her area of expertise to be held at an Israeli academic institute. The course should address students and professionals and contribute taxonomic knowledge to areas where it is required such as nature conservation, agriculture and forestry. The visiting scientist will also be invited to conduct survey/fieldwork and use the National Collections of Natural History at Tel-Aviv University and the Hebrew University for research. We expect, if possible, that the visiting scientist will prepare a key of the fauna/flora of Israel in his/her area of expertise, one to two years following this visit.

The Israel Taxonomy Initiative will fund the air fare to and from Israel, accommodation and per diem, a vehicle for field work, teaching aids and a teaching assistant. Unfortunately we are not able to compensate the scientist for his/her teaching. Expenses are subject to regulations of Tel Aviv Univeristy's guidelines for visiting scholars. Priority will be given to proposals with matching sources.

Priority will be given to scientists conducting research on taxonomic groups for which information in Israel is lacking or those with economical and agricultural significance. Priority will also be given to applications that are matched by a personal or institutional fund.

Proposals should include the following materials:

C.V of the visiting scientist including list of publications

A course outline (maximum 1 page English)

A detailed budget

A letter of recommendation from the inviting scientist, explaining the importance of the proposed visit.

Please send all application materials by email to the Israel Taxonomy Initiative:

Deadline for submitting applications is May 1st, 2013.

For further details or inquiries please email us at the above address.