The Polonsky Academy


About the Academy


Polonsky Fellows form a vibrant research community in the humanities and social sciences, with the freedom to conduct their own research independently or in collaboration. Fellows areable to connect with ongoing projects at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and have the status of Visiting Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, including access to university databases.

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Dr. Leonard Polonsky


Dr. Leonard S. Polonsky is executive chairman of Hansard Global, PLC, an international financial services company. Dr. Polonsky grew up in New York City, where h was a pupil at theprestigious Townsend Harris High School. He received his BA degree at age eighteen,Phi Beta Kappa, from New York University, where he was president of the student council, officer of several clubs, and editor of the literary magazine.

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About the Building


In February 2014 a new building was completed on the Van Leer campus: the Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. 

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