Shultz Fellowship

The George and Charlotte Shultz Fellowship for Modern Israel Studies

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Thanks to the generosity of Stanford 130504-1279 copyalumna 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 3 $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). Last year, thanks to the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford, there was funding for a student who is interested in pursuing energy-related research in Israel.

Stay tuned for application details. The application deadline is February 15th, 2017.

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 notified of the fellowship grant by March 30th, 2017 to allow adequate time to make travel arrangements. 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 Rabbi Serena Eisenberg 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.

 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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