The Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources (MIEW), Dr. Yuval Steinitz, and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Dr. Ernest Moniz, announced Tuesday that the United States and Israel will launch a program that will award scholarships to energy postdoctoral students for a research exchange program as part of an effort to increase collaboration and enhance research and development efforts for science and technology in Israel and the U.S.
The announcement of the scholarship project was made by Minister Steinitz and Secretary Moniz during a visit to the Weizmann Institute of Science. At the Weizmann Institute, the ministers met the President of the Institute, Professor Daniel Zajfman, and a group of researchers and students focused on groundbreaking clean energy research.
“The U.S. – Israeli student exchange program is another example of our commitment to bolstering energy research and development by leveraging our country’s most promising researchers to share best practices and ideas that will contribute towards a clean energy future,” Moniz said. “I look forward to welcoming Israeli students to some of the world’s most cutting-edge facilities for research and development at top U.S. universities and Department of Energy’s National Laboratories across the country.”
“The shared scholarship program is the result of the cooperation between the Israeli and US ministries of energy.” Minister Steinitz said. “The program graduates will integrate in the leading energy institutions in Israel, and establish the position of Israel as a leading country in the field of energy research.”
The framework of the agreement provides Israeli postdoctoral students the opportunity to study at leading U.S. Department of Energy laboratories and facilities, including Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) and various national labs. The Israeli students will also be allowed to apply to other national laboratories and academic institutions, while the Government of Israel estimates that it will make over one hundred top research laboratories available for U.S. postdoctoral students to apply for internships.
The program will help to reinforce collaborative efforts for research between the countries and will be initiated by a call for proposals for students hoping to receive one or two year internships for Israeli and U.S. researchers through MIEW and DOE.