In Israel, women in academia are often forced to give up their studies in order to invest time in raising children and the livelihood of their families. Therefore, it is frequently impossible for women who excel at their studies to realize their maximum potential by focusing on studies or research.
In order to promote women in Israeli academia, the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation allows women, including mothers, studying for doctorate degrees, to invest time in studies and qualify for integration in academic institutions while raising their children and providing for their families.
The "Baroness Ariane de Rothschild Women Doctoral Program", launched in 2009, offers four full scholarships annually to doctorate students at the Hebrew University, who excel in their fields and require financial support. This unique program, first implemented in 2009 by the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation in collaboration with the Hebrew University, is part of the Baroness Ariane de Rothschild's activity to promote gender equality around the world.
The Baroness Ariane de Rothschild Women Doctoral Program aspires to promote gender equality in Israeli society and academia by supporting highly motivated and talented women of various backgrounds and different fields. The scholarship includes tuition and living expenses to a total amount of NIS 60,000 per academic year for four years, as well as a one-time grant for participation in an international scientific convention or congress. The scholarships are awarded annually to four excelling female students who represent the diversity of populations in Israeli society and constitute role models for young women and girls in their communities. Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee chaired by the University rector in consultation and with the approval of the Baroness. Recipients are required, throughout the course of their studies, to engage in meaningful and educational activity in their communities.