PhD Scholarships

1) Call for Applications – Visiting PhD Scholarship

The Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH) invites international PhD students to conduct research on a project relating to the history of the Mediterranean, during one or two semesters.

HCMH, which began its work in 2016, promotes the historical study of the pre-modern Mediterranean at the University of Haifa, and aims to connect it to the vibrant international networks of Mediterranean research.

Proposed PhD projects should engage meaningfully with a Mediterranean theme and show relevance to the current historiographical discourse. They will be mentored by a Haifa researcher from one of the Humanities departments, such as History, Maritime Civilizations, Archaeology, Art History, Middle Eastern History, Israel Studies, and Jewish History. For a list of researchers affiliated with the Center click here.

The scholarship criteria are as follows:

  1. The student is enrolled in a doctoral degree program at a non-Israeli accredited institution of higher education. The scholarship will be open to students from all countries.
  2. The student has completed their first year of doctoral studies successfully. An approved PhD prospectus is recommended.

Applicants should supply the following documentation:

  1. Updated CV.
  2. List of publications (if any).
  3. Summary of the doctoral research proposal, including the topic and its importance, sources and its expected contribution to the field (2 pages).
  4. One-page statement of your academic goals during the scholarship period, including the requested dates.
  5. Two letters of recommendation – must be sent by the referees directly by email.
    • One from the Master's thesis supervisor or from the PhD supervisor
    • One from your hosting academic advisor at the University of Haifa.

Please note that this is a competitive scholarship. The HCMH academic committee will evaluate all applications and inform the candidates of their decision. Successful applicants will be granted $4,000 per semester in scholarship funds. No other costs involved will be covered. Shorter stays (two months minimum), including summer visits, may also be proposed.

This is an open call for applications. Every application will be considered upon submission.

Application materials should be emailed to Ms. Shiri Barnhart, HCMH administrator, at hcmh@univ.haifa.ac.il.

2) Call for Applications – PhD Scholarships Starting October 2021

The Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH) is offering a three/four-year PhD scholarship on its research cluster – FIRST ENCOUNTERS: The Ancient Mediterranean Sea as a cultural bridge and barrier under the directorship of Dr. David Friesem and Dr. Gil Gambash. The scholarship should begin in October 2021, or as soon thereafter as possible.

The PhD project will be dedicated to the historical role of the sea in facilitating new cultural connections and exchange between unacquainted ancient societies across the Mediterranean basin, and to the ways in which these societies interacted with unfamiliar ideas and came to conceptualize ‘the other’, be it religious, technological, culinary, intellectual, et cetera in nature.

For more information on the research cluster click here

The successful applicant will develop a research plan dedicated to the topic of first encounters over the Mediterranean during antiquity, focusing on a theme, period, and case-studies of her/his choice, and employing methodologies and corpora of sources relevant for the specific research questions produced. Suitable candidates may likely come from an anthropologically-oriented disciplinary spectrum ranging from the historical to the archaeological.

Applicants should supply a personal statement which would include a brief description of the envisioned project, a CV highlighting relevant courses and experience, BA and MA transcripts and diplomas, a writing sample (up to 5,000 words – a chapter from the MA thesis is possible), and a single letter of recommendation.

The PhD program and research will be conducted in English, and will become a part of a wider HCMH focus on first encounters, producing additional relevant academic activities. Successful candidates will be expected to apply for the institutional PhD scholarship. Whether successful in the institutional bid or not, they will be entitled to a stipend of 60,000 NIS per year for three years. A fourth year will be considered if necessary.

Please note that this is a competitive scholarship. The HCMH academic committee will evaluate all applications and inform the candidates of their decision. The awarding of the scholarship is pending on academic and administrative good standing, according to the regulations of the Graduate Studies Authority. Renewal of the scholarship will be reviewed each year according to the student's report and the supervisors’ evaluation.

Application materials in PDF format should be emailed to Ms. Shiri Barnhart, HCMH administrator, at hcmh@univ.haifa.ac.il. They are best submitted by the end of May 2021, but will continue to be read until the position is filled. Recommenders should mail their letters directly to HCMH.

Dr. David Friesem and Dr. Gil Gambash, HCMH
dfriesem@univ.haifa.ac.ilggambash@univ.haifa.ac.il

3) Call for Applications – PhD Scholarships Starting October 2021 (Scroll down for Hebrew)
Learned Travel and Antiquarianism in the Early Modern Levant

The Haifa Center for Mediterranean History (HCMH) is offering a three/four-year PhD scholarship on the subject Learned Travel and Antiquarianism in the Early Modern Levant, to be supervised by Dr. Zur Shalev. The scholarship should begin in October 2021, or as soon thereafter as possible. Faculty members from other departments in Humanities may be added to the doctoral committee, depending on the particular topic.

European presence in the Levant significantly increased and diversified during the early modern period. The Mediterranean world still firmly held its attraction for the European scholarly community, and moreover, was seen as an active arena of scientific exchange. Europeans arrived in the Levant not only to venerate the sacred sites, but also to appreciate local customs, study nature, and document antiquities, often in conjunction with traditional pilgrimage. Interest in the Levant and its historical and contemporary cultures increased thanks also to developments in European scholarship, which, spurred by religious debate, now emphasized the study of Oriental languages and texts. We invite candidates to pursue their project within the parameters of this large, richly documented field.

Applicants should supply a personal statement which would include a brief description of the envisioned project, a CV highlighting relevant courses and experience, BA and MA transcripts and diplomas, a writing sample (up to 5,000 words – a chapter from the MA thesis is possible), and a single letter of recommendation.

The PhD program and research will be conducted independently in English or in Hebrew, and will become a part of a wider HCMH research focus on Learned Travel and Antiquarianism in the Early Modern Levant. Successful candidates will be expected to apply for the institutional PhD scholarship. Whether successful in the institutional bid or not, they will be entitled to a stipend of 60,000 NIS per year for three years. A fourth year will be considered if necessary.

Please note that this is a competitive scholarship. The HCMH's Israeli and international academic committees will evaluate all applications. The awarding of the scholarship is pending on academic and administrative good standing, according to the regulations of the Graduate Studies Authority. Renewal of the scholarship will be reviewed each year according to the student's report and the supervisors’ evaluation.

Application materials in PDF format should be emailed to Ms. Shiri Barnhart, HCMH administrator, at hcmh@univ.haifa.ac.il. They are best submitted by the end of June 2021, but will continue to be read until the position is filled. Recommenders should mail their letters directly to HCMH.

3) קול קורא למועמדים/ות למלגת דוקטורט – החל מאוקטובר 2021

מסעות וידע בלבאנט בעת החדשה המוקדמת

המרכז לחקר ההיסטוריה של הים התיכון (HCMH) מציע מלגת דוקטורט לשלוש/ארבע שנים במסגרת פרויקט המחקר “Learned Travel and Antiquarianism in the Early Modern Levant” בראשותו של ד”ר צור שלו. המלגה תוענק החל מאוקטובר 2021 או מאוחר יותר בהתאם למועד קליטת הדוקטורנט/ית. צירוף להנחיה של אנשי/נשות סגל מחוגים אחרים בפקולטה למדעי הרוח בחיפה ישקל בהתאם לאופי המחקר המוצע.

בעת החדשה המוקדמת הנוכחות האירופית בלבנט התעצמה והתגוונה. העולם הים תיכוני עדיין היה מוקד עניין משמעותי עבור מלומדי אירופה ואף הווה זירה פעילה של חילופי ידע. אירופאים הגיעו ללבנט כדי להכיר את המנהגים המקומיים, ללמוד את עולם הטבע ולתעד עתיקות, פעמים רבות במשולב עם צליינות מסורתית. ההתעניינות בלבנט ובתרבויותיו ההיסטוריות והעכשוויות התעוררה גם בשל התפתחויות בעולם הלמדנות האירופי, בו חקר השפות והטקסטים של עמי האזור קיבל תנופה מחודשת על רקע הפולמוס הדתי מבית. אנו מזמינים מועמדים/ות להציע פרויקט מחקר במסגרת התחום הרחב והעשיר במקורות.

על המועמדים/ות להגיש הצהרה אישית אשר תכלול תיאור קצר של המחקר המוצע, קורות חיים אשר מדגישים קורסים ונסיון מחקרי רלוונטי, תעודות של תואר ראשון ושני, דוגמת כתיבה (עד 5,000 מלים – ניתן להגיש פרק מתוך התזה), ומכתב המלצה אחד.

תוכנית הדוקטורט והמחקר יתבצעו באנגלית או בעברית, באופן עצמאי, אך תוך זיקה לנושא המחקר הרחב. נעודד את המועמד/ת הנבחר/ת להגיש מועמדות למלגה המוסדית. בין אם תתקבל מלגה מוסדית ובין אם לאו, תתקבל מלגה בגובה 60,000 ₪ בשנה. במידת הצורך, תישקל האפשרות להאריך לשנה רביעית.

חשוב לציין כי זוהי מלגה תחרותית, שתאושר על-ידי הוועדה האקדמית הישראלית והבינ"ל של המרכז לחקר ההיסטוריה של הים התיכון. קבלת המלגה מותנית במעמד אקדמי ומנהלי תקין, בהתאם להנחיות של המל"ג. חידוש המלגה יישקל כל שנה בהתאם לדיווח של הסטודנט/ית ולמשוב של המנחה.

יש לשלוח את כל מסמכי המועמדות בפורמט PDF לגב' שירי ברנהרט, מנהלת המרכז, בכתובת hcmh@univ.haifa.ac.il. מוטב כי המסמכים יוגשו עד סוף יוני 2021, אך יתקבלו הגשות גם לאחר תאריך זה ועד שיימצא המועמד/ת המתאימ/ה. על הממליצים/ות לשלוח המכתב ישירות ל HCMH.