Israel and UNESCO launch post-doctoral fellowship programme

19 February 2001 - Fourteen candidates from Africa, Asia and countries in transition within Europe have been selected for a new post-doctoral fellowship scheme launched by Israel under the auspices of UNESCO.

The researchers – six women and eight men – hail from Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Georgia, Kenya, Moldova, Myanmar, Nigeria, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe. Their field of study varies from pharmacology, pathology and medicine through food, industrial and electronic engineering to ecology, chemistry and biology. Each will be spending the next twelve months at one of seven top Israeli universities.

The scheme is part of Israel’s follow-up to the World Conferences on Higher Education (Paris, 1998) and on Science. In Budapest, participants called upon ‘Governments [to] provide increased support to regional and international programmes of higher education and to networking of graduate and postgraduate institutions, with special emphasis on North-South and South-South cooperation, since they are important means of helping all countries, especially the smaller or least developed among them, to strengthen their scientific and technological resource base (para.45, Science Agenda).

The post-doctoral fellowship programme has been established by the Planning and Budgeting Committee of Israel’s Council for Higher Education, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israel National Commission for UNESCO. Candidates apply directly to the Israeli university of their choice. The fellowships target researchers who demonstrate outstanding intellectual promise, imagination and personal commitment, and who may be expected to make a significant contribution to their country upon their return.

For further information, contact Permanent Delegation of Israel to UNESCO at or one of the following :,,