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Doctoral Fellowships from the Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical T

The Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times

Call for Applications for Stipends for Doctoral Studies

“The Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times” is an international, inter-disciplinary, and inter-university center for the study of various aspects of the relations between the cultures of Israel and Aram – primarily in ancient periods – but in some cases, up until the modern period. The center is located at Bar-Ilan University (BIU), and collaborates with the University of Leipzig in Germany, as well as other academic institutions in Israel and the world. The center’s directors are Prof. Aren Maeir (BIU) and Prof. Angelika Berlejung (Leipzig), and the center members at BIU are Prof. Esther Eshel, Dr. Yigal Levin and Dr. Leeor Gottlieb.

As part of the center’s activities, we are calling for applications from suitable candidates, for stipends for doctoral studies at BIU, in topics related to the fields covered by the center, to be carried out in one of the following departments: Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Jewish History, and Bible (according to the topic to be researched, the advisor, and previous studies). In certain cases, it may be possible to register in another relevant department. The stipend is meant for students who will commence their doctoral studies in the 2015/2016 academic year (beginning in October 2015). The stipend will be to the sum of 4000 NIS per month for 4 years, as well as a full exemption from tuition. The grantees will commit to not work in other jobs, and to complete their PhD within 4 years (in certain cases, an extension of one year will be permitted). In addition, the grantees will be required to participate in the center’s activities, including workshops and conferences, in Israel and abroad.

We are interested in applications from students in the following fields:

  1. Archaeology of Israel and Aram

  2. History of Israel and Aram

  3. The Bible and its Aramaic Translations

  4. Hebrew and Aramaic Epigraphy

  5. Ancient Hebrew and Aramaic Language

  6. Second Temple Period Literature (Hebrew and Aramaic)

The deadline for applications for the stipend is June 15th, 2015

For details, questions and applications, please contact Prof. Aren Maeir (center director):

Applicants should send: an updated CV, transcripts of previous studies, the suggested topic to be researched, and names and contact information of former professors who can provide recommendations.


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