At the Summer Institute for Israel Studies, faculty from universities in North America and around the world participate in seminars at Brandeis and in Israel that will help them design courses in Israel Studies for their home universities.
Over 225 fellows have completed SIIS and taught thousands of students with syllabi developed at SIIS.
During the first two weeks, SIIS fellows are in residence at Brandeis and participate in seminars taught by distinguished Israel Studies scholars. These seminars focus on Israel’s society, history, politics, culture, foreign affairs, and diplomacy. Fellows are then required to present syllabi for the courses they plan to teach on their home campuses. Accommodations are in shared suites at the university's newest residence halls.
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In Israel, fellows meet with leading figures in public life, the academy and the arts; including politicians and civil servants, writers, public intellectuals, and Jewish and Arab community leaders. Fellows also visit select historical and cultural sites. Participation in this portion of the Summer Institute is highly recommended but optional. Accommodations are in single rooms in hotels.
Brandeis University will cover travel expenses (within North America and to Israel), accommodations and meals. Fellows participating in the full course of the Summer Institute will receive a stipend of up to $2,500. Fellows participating solely in the Brandeis seminar will receive a stipend of up to $1,500.
Israel Studies Resources
We have created a vast online resource center known as Jellyfish which allows our fellows to access SIIS syllabi, articles, archives, podcasts and more.
Following the program, fellows join an SIIS listserve and facebook page, providing a community of peers with whom to network and exchange ideas on Israel Studies pedagogy and course development.
The Summer Institute cultivates meaningful programming for SIIS fellows by inviting them to attend annual conferences, webinars and workshops at Brandeis. They engage with an academic community that includes Israel Studies faculty at Brandeis and beyond, Brandeis post-doctoral fellows, and heads of Israel Studies centers worldwide.
In 2013, our Zionism in the Twenty-First Century conference included an SIIS fellows workshop with Anita Shapira "On Constructing Narratives" using her new book as a reference, Israel: A History.
Our webinar series for that academic year included discussions about Israel's recent election, its post-1948 visual landscape, and the politics of the Arab sector.
In 2009, our SIIS-only workshop, "On History, Memory and Commemoration," featured a discussion by Amos Oz of his novel, A Tale of Love and Darkness.
SIIS Fellows’ Academic Homes
Fellows have come from nearly 200 universities in the United States and across the world. Institutions range from small liberal arts colleges, to Jewish and Christian academic institutions, U.S. military academies, large research universities, and the Ivy League.