The Rotenstreich stipend program of the CHEI (Council for Higher Education of Isael) is aimed at honors doctoral students in the humanities. The purpose of the program is to train teaching and research staff that will advance and enrich research in Israel. The program allows students to allocate the most of their time to studies, thus maximizing their academic and research capabilities and providing the necessary conditions for completing their dissertation within three years (or in rare cases four years).
The following students are eligible for applying to the stipend: students holding a graduate degree who have applied for a doctoral degree within two years of receiving approval of their graduate degree, if and only the program was approved; students who are in a direct route for a doctoral degree, whose program was approved.
Students receiving the stipend commit to the following requirements:
- Competing their research within the stipend’s three years, or at most within four years from receiving the stipend.
- Not to be employed. Under written approval from the mentor, the student may be employed as a TA within the university at an extent of no more than two weekly hours and for a period of no more than two years. Any other employment related to the student’s research field (e.g., archeological excavations) will be limited to 11 weekly hours for a period of no more than two years.
- Any suspension of research for a continuous duration of more than six months requires the university’s approval. The university will not approve suspension of research for more than a year.
- If there is a special academic need requiring traveling abroad during the student’s doctoral studies, they must apply to a CHEI committee for approval.