Polonsky Academy

The Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, established by Dr. Leonard Polonsky in 2014, is one of the newest international fellowship programs worldwide that aims to produce cutting-edge research in these fields.

Each year, the Polonsky Academy awards six post-doctoral fellowships, tenable for up to four years, to outstanding international scholars working in any field of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Polonsky Academy is committed to providing an environment for research excellence. Fellows work under the best possible conditions for innovative research, including professional autonomy, a scholarly community, and a highly efficient network dedicated to supporting fellows in pursuit of their academic goals. They are provided with state-of-the-art services, including individual offices, a library, advanced IT, a lecture hall, and multiple meeting spaces in the award-winning facility in which they are housed.

Our current cohort of Polonsky Fellows comprises an international community of scholars working on topics as diverse as literature and therapy, democracy and technology, ethics and virtual reality, philosophy of sounds, Ottoman history, 16th Century Kabbalah, and more. Their research is conducted both independently and in collaboration with ongoing projects at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

Polonsky fellows emerge from the program as desirable candidates for coveted positions at leading institutions of higher learning, and past fellows have gone on to faculty positions at such prominent universities as Berkley, Oxford, and the Hebrew University.

The call for Polonsky Academy scholarships is published annually in November on the institute's website, in the press and on relevant websites. The deadline for registration is early January.

For more details see the Polonsky Academy website.

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