Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Be A member
Membership in ScienceAbroad requires the following conditions:
(a) Israeli citizenship (b) Post-graduate degree (Masters’ degree at least) (c) Involvement in research (d) Living overseas (or planning an overseas stint).
Non-members may register on the site as potential employers and/or join our mailing list.
We do not collect membership fees. We expect active participation by our members in the organization’s various activities, and encourage them to help advance our initiatives among academic circles overseas to improve Israel’s image and to help create a bridge between the local community and Israel.
Living overseas without the supportive environment of friends and family is a challenge for many academics. ScienceAbroad membership ensures:
A supportive community for the member and his/her family – professional and social encounters
Contacts and tools to advance your professional career
Support upon return to Israel
Membership also allows you access to the Job Center; a database of Israeli colleagues worldwide (“Find a member”); scholarships to subsidize plane tickets for work interviews in Israel; and contact with key figures in Israeli academia and industry.
If you’re about to leave Israel to go overseas, the organization will arrange a “soft landing” and connect you with a supportive community of Israeli academics. You can use the list of center directors and the colleagues database to make contact and receive information.
Members of the organization who have returned to Israel continue to help colleagues who are still overseas and seeking to return to Israel, and maintain professional exchanges.circles overseas to improve Israel’s image and to help create a bridge between the local community and Israel.
A center is a local community of Israeli scientists who have regular professional and social meetings. The center is run by a volunteer Israeli scientist who functions as the regional director of ScienceAbroad vis-à-vis members of the organization and external bodies, in the geographical region for which he or she is responsible.
The volunteer’s role is to maintain and broaden the organization’s membership within the region, to identify the members’ needs, and to communicate them to the organization’s management. The organization currently includes more than 20 centers on prominent campuses worldwide.
Israeli scientists in areas that currently have no center are invited to participate in our online activity, including webinars and social networks.
Establishing a new center requires two elements:
A group of Israeli scientists who are interested in forming a community
A scientist who is willing to volunteer to serve as regional director
Inquiries regarding the establishment of new centers should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The organization’s activities are funded by the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, Israeli American Council, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Tel-Hai college, commercial and philanthropic bodies, and income from activities.
Only jobs in Israel may be advertised, but the target audience consists of the entire membership of the organization: Israeli researchers in the sciences who hold at least a Master’s degree.
You can post a job for free on the Jobs page, which is accessible to ScienceAbroad members only, for a period of three months, with an option for renewal.
Paid advertising is available on the home page, which is accessible to the public, and in the ScienceAbroad newsletter. Organizations that make an annual contribution to ScienceAbroad can advertise on the home page or in the newsletter for free.
To advertise a job, click here / send an e-mail to: email@example.com with the following details: Title, name of organization – department, location of the job, professional sphere, job description, requirements, contact person, and e-mail.
Advertising with ScienceAbroad allows to you reach a focused target audience that meets the criteria expected of researchers in Israeli academia and industry.
Registered employers are able to actively can headhunt candidates by specialty.
The organization appeals to a limited target audience, allowing employers to focus their advertising. The Jobs page is a service offered to members; therefore, access is limited to registered users who meet the criteria for membership in the organization.
ScienceAbroad offers a scholarship program providing partial funding for plane tickets for the purposes of job interviews in Israel, in cooperation with the Israel National Brain Gain Program and the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.
These scholarships are offered to:
ScienceAbroad members and academics registered with the Israel National Brain Gain Program who intend to attend employment interviews in Israel in the country’s academic, research, medical, or industrial spheres
Entrepreneurs in the technological sphere, owners of hi-tech companies, and senior personnel of companies seeking to explore the possibility of establishing a hi-tech initiative in Israel, or moving their R&D to Israel, or realizing the initiative in Israel.
Information for scholarship applicants
A webinar is a seminar that is broadcast live online, allowing participants around the world to connect at the same time and to interact with the speaker.
ScienceAbroad holds monthly webinars on topics related to career advancement, familiarity with research institutions in Israel, familiarity with industry, tools for management and entrepreneurship, and general information about returning to Israel.
Registration for webinars (for members only) must be completed in advance. Each registered participant receives a unique link, which cannot be transferred to anyone else, in order to connect to the webinar. View a list of upcoming webinars.
Webinars can be accessed via either computer (recommended) or smartphone, and participants can ask questions during the transmission.
ScienceAbroad webinars are recorded, and past webinars can be accessed here.
Meetings with ScienceAbroad members at overseas centers – If you are planning an overseas trip (conference, sabbatical, business meetings), we would be glad to host you for a meeting with our members. These meetings are important opportunities for them to receive up-to-date information about research in Israel and how best to prepare themselves for their return. Click here for a list of centers; click here to contact us for the purposes of setting up a meeting.
Participation in our webinar program – ScienceAbroad offers online seminars on topics related to career development and information on projects seeking to recruit scientists for research in Israel. We would like to hear about ideas and subjects that can help scientists abroad planning their return to Israel. The webinars are broadcast live and recorded for future access. To contact us about leading a webinar, click here.
Job Center – We’ll be glad to advertise positions available and calls for tenders on our Jobs page and via our new media channels.
Seminars for doctoral students planning post-doctoral studies – ScienceAbroad conducts seminars at the universities for doctoral studies who are planning post-doctoral studies abroad. The seminars offer useful tips and we invite participants to sign up as members before they leave, so as to ease the transition period and help them maintain contact with Israel during their time abroad. To lead or to participate a seminar for doctoral students, click here.
We are a commercial company. What do we gain from cooperation with ScienceAbroad?
Since 2006, ScienceAbroad has served as a central address for Israeli scientists and researchers throughout the world, and is currently the largest such network.
We offer you focused access to Israeli academics studying and working abroad, as well as their families and colleagues. This community is characterized by strong ties to Israel and frequent visits. All our income is directed to promoting our Zionist endeavor to bring Israeli scientists back home and to maintain Israel’s position in world-class research.
We are a small organization and our staff is committed to providing timely response, personalized assistance, and the benefit of our knowledge and contacts.
The following cooperative possibilities are available:
If you decide to offer a benefit to ScienceAbroad members, this benefit will appear on our Benefits page, alongside your company’s logo and a dedicated link to your website. The benefit will also be reported in our newsletter.
Sponsorship of events
Advertising banner and paid content on the ScienceAbroad website
ScienceAbroad has official recognition for tax-deductible contributions both in Israel and in the US (section 46 in Israel – link to certification; 501c3 in the US).
If Israel’s “brain drain” is a matter of concern to you; if you care about Israel’s economic and academic future and its status as a research and hi-tech superpower; and if you are disturbed by Israel’s image on overseas campuses – we’d be glad to receive your support!
Since 2006, ScienceAbroad has served as a central address for Israeli scientists and researchers throughout the world, and is currently the largest such network. The organization promotes international contacts in the sciences, connects scientists working or studying overseas back to Israel, and supports their return, so that their accumulated knowledge, skills, abilities, and contacts can generate growth in Israeli academia and industry.
The organization acts against calls for academic boycotting and de-legitimization of Israel and runs programs to promote Israel on campuses worldwide.