Shultz Fellowship

The George and Charlotte Shultz Fellowship for Modern Israel Studies

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Thanks to the generosity of Stanford alumna Ann Friedman and her husband, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, Hillel@Stanford is pleased to establish the George and Charlotte Shultz Fellowship in Modern Israel Studies to support student research on issues relevant to modern Israel and the betterment of Israeli-Arab relations. Each year, Hillel@Stanford will award up to three $6,000 fellowships to Stanford students to conduct research pertaining to modern Israeli politics, culture, society, and economy, and/or the betterment of Israeli-Arab relations (including Israeli-Palestinian relations). 

The application deadline is February 25th, 2018.

Eligibility + Process

Applicants must:
  • Be currently enrolled at Stanford University.
  • Complete a cohesive research project to be presented on campus at the conclusion of the research term.
  • Submit a written proposal to Hillel@Stanford. Proposals should adopt an academic point of view.
A committee composed of the executive director of Hillel@Stanford and four Stanford faculty members in fields pertaining to the fellowship will review applications. The fellowship will be awarded each spring. Applicants will be required to sign a fellowships agreement, outlining the requirements and responsibilities before, during and after the experience. Applicants will also be required to sign a travel liability waiver before research funds are granted. Upon completion of the projects, research reports will be sent to both Tom Friedman and George Shultz. Recipients will present research findings at Stanford, through both written and public presentations.

For questions or more information, please contact Nathalie Landesman at

Previous Fellowship Award Winners
2016 – Yisroel Quint 
2015 – Ariella Axler, Noam Rosenthal, Aaron Zelinger, Yael Wulfovich
2014 – Caroline Keller Lynn, Lisa Wallace
2013 – Maya Kornberg
2012 – Emily Warren

“Secretary Shultz is the individual who, more than any other, inspired me to pursue graduate studies at the intersection of international security and economics. It is an honor to receive this fellowship commemorating his work.” ~ Emily Warren, 2012 recipient

Because of Stanford University restrictions on funding research opportunities in Israel while the State Department maintains a travel advisory there, the fellowship fund was established at Hillel@Stanford, which administers the award. Other universities, including the University of California, recently have updated their guidelines and sanctioned travel to Israel. As a result of this generous fellowship opportunity, Hillel@Stanford will work with university officers to try to attain a similar university travel approval.

Summer 2017 Testimonials

The armed conflicts of the twenty-first century, which often take place among civilians rather than on formal battlefields, tend to cause what has come to be known as ‘collateral damage’ to civilians.  How should legal systems come to grips with such harm to civilians caused in the course of an armed conflict? Thanks to the Shultz Fellowship, I was able to travel to Israel and explore the Israeli mechanism for addressing damage to Palestinian civilians caused in the course of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. This mechanism enables Palestinians from the West Bank and—until recently—the Gaza Strip, who were injured or suffered property loss as a result of Israeli military actions, to bring lawsuits for damages before Israeli civil courts. As part of my fieldwork in Israel, I conducted in-depth, semi-structured interviews with a variety of stakeholders involved in these lawsuits, including lawyers, plaintiffs, human rights NGOs and government representatives. Through these interviews, my research offers insight into how to balance military accountability and transparency with victims’ needs and motivations when designing programs to effectively address the harm modern-day conflict causes to civilians.

- Gilat Bachar

What I found most inspiring about my time in Israel was the persistent resilience of its people often in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. My research project paid particular attention to Israel’s contributions in the field of water management.  As will come as a surprise to no one, the land of Israel is decidedly
 not awash with remarkable, natural water resources.  Undaunted by this condition, the Israeli people persisted, demonstrating a relentless commitment to Israeli innovation and ingenuity that eventually saw the desert bloom, just as Israel’s patriarch, David Ben-Gurion, once envisioned.  This perseverance extends far beyond the field of water management and has long distinguished the Jewish people.  It is this defining quality that continues to inspire me even now that I have returned.

- Alexander Daniel

With Gratitude

The fellowship was made possible by generous gifts from New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman and his wife, Ann, Class of ‘75, and by The Honorable George and Charlotte Shultz.


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