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Ariane de Rothschild Women Doctoral Program

About the program

The Ariane de Rothschild Women’s Doctoral Program grants scholarships to outstanding female PhD students from various fields of study, who study at research institutions in Israel. As part of the Baroness’s efforts to promote equal opportunity for women around the world, the program supports talented and motivated female doctoral students from diverse backgrounds, whose scholarship is a necessary condition for their success in academia.

The program was inaugurated in 2009 at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has since grown to include the Technion, Tel Aviv University, the Weizmann Institute of Science, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Each year, four new scholarships are awarded to outstanding female students in each institution. Participants also receive a one-time grant for travel to conferences abroad. Furthermore, the Foundation has developed a holistic program for the participants, encompassing training, workshops, and social activities.


  1. To promote equality of opportunity in academia for women who come from diverse backgrounds.
  2. To integrate women from diverse backgrounds in key positions in Israeli society.
  3. To grant financial aid to female doctoral students, whose scholarship is a significant factor in degree completion, so that they can focus on studies and research.

Mode of operation

The scholarship is awarded to female students selected by representatives of the academic institution’s management and in consultation with the Foundation and its approval. Screening includes examining candidates’ compliance with the criteria of academic excellence (50%), and a personal background that takes into consideration social diversity, leadership, social involvement, and socio-economic needs (50%).

The scholarship is provided for up to four years, and is contingent upon the student’s progress in studies and research. It includes tuition fees, a living stipend, and a grant to present research at international conferences abroad. Students who receive scholarships are committed to 56 hours of volunteering in educational projects each year, thus empowering young people and serving as role models, excellence and giving to the community.


Academic excellence meets social responsibility: A decade’s review 2009-2019

In the numbers

years of activity
doctoral students,
from program
from the
Arab sector
from the Jewish
* 2019-2020 data