Doctoral Program for Excellence and Diversity

About the program

The field of neuroscience is both, a growing field of research around the world, and one of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations global network’s fields of expertise.
The Doctoral Program for Excellence and Diversity in Neurobiology serves as a catalyst for advanced research studies among Arab university graduates, who have the potential and appropriate academic skills in the field of neuroscience. Its ultimate goal is to improve the quantity and quality of their representation as faculty members in the field. The program is in line with the University of Haifa’s commitment to promote academic and research excellence and equal opportunity for students seeking social mobility from all parts of society.

This is the first and only program of its kind in Israel directed to the field of neuroscience and suitable for Arab research students. Its implementation will bring new scientists from Arab society into the field, and effect a far-ranging, positive change in their representation in neuroscience.


  1. To encourage research studies among Arab academics in the field of neuroscience.
  2. To achieve quantitative and qualitative improvement in the representation of Arab faculty members in the neurosciences.

Mode of operation

The program focuses on awarding scholarships to outstanding Arab doctoral students in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Haifa, and providing professional accompaniment for doctoral students participating in the program and other doctoral students studying at the University, through the Alruad Association.

Fellows are selected by a professional committee, which includes leading researchers in their fields and Foundation representatives. Participation in the program and eligibility for scholarships depends on social activity, in which participants volunteer in various frameworks and guide other students in the fields of medicine, biology, or psychology for two hours a week. In addition, the fellows contribute two lectures or other activities in Arab schools during the school year.

In the numbers

doctoral students
received a training
people were
affected by
the program
doctoral students
received a scholarship
from the Foundation
* 2017-2018 data