Scientists in Israel

Are you a scientist with a thirst for new horizons? Consider the exciting possibilities that await you in Israel through Aliyah. This vibrant nation welcomes you with open arms and provides numerous avenues for scientists from diverse fields to flourish in their careers. With innovative research opportunities and supportive networks, Israel is also a land where your scientific aspirations can truly take flight.

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Science and Israel go hand in hand, with Israel holding a prominent global position in science and engineering. Israeli scientists have earned numerous awards, including four Nobel Prizes in chemistry, three Turing Awards in computer science, and one Fields Medal in mathematics. Israel ranks seventh worldwide in citations per scientific publication, excelling in computer science, engineering, chemistry, and life sciences. Studying in Israel offers you a unique chance to collaborate with top researchers and world-class facilities in these fields. So, if you’re pondering the next chapter of your scientific journey, let’s explore how Israel can be your canvas for discovery and achievement.

Who Qualifies as a ‘Scientist Oleh'?’

First, it’s important to clarify who qualifies as a ‘scientist.’ According to the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, Olim Chadashim who meet one or more of the following conditions, as well as returning residents who meet conditions A, B, or E, may be recognized as scientists:

Category A

  • Degree – Ph.D. degree or equivalent
  • Experienc – At least three years of research and development work out of the five years before immigrating to Israel (Ph.D. study period is counted as experience)
  • Publications – Three scientific publications or three patents in the scientist’s name

Category B

  • Degree – M.Sc. or equivalent
  • Experience – At least four years of research and development work out of the six years after receiving the degree and before Aliyah
  • Publications – Three scientific publications or three patents in the scientist’s name
  • Employer – Olim Chadashim – all employers except universities; Returning residents – only research and development positions in industry

Category E

  • Degree – M.Sc. or equivalent
  • Experience – At least four years of research and development work out of the six years after receiving the degree and before Aliyah
  • Publications – No publications or patents registered in their name
  • Employer – Only research and development positions in the field

Category E (Young Scientists)

  • Degree – M.Sc. or equivalent, up to the age of 32
  • Experience – No prior research and development experience
  • Employer – Only research and development positions in the sector

Category E (Scholarship for Doctorate)

  • Degree – M.Sc. or equivalent, up to the age of 37
  • Experience – Acceptance as a research student in a university
  • Employer – Only research and development positions in the industry
Please be aware that recognition by the Center for Integration in Science is determined using these criteria, except in cases of uncertainty when the Bureau for Evaluation of Overseas Degrees and Diplomas (under the Ministry of Education) may be involved. To initiate the process of becoming a recognized scientist in Israel, complete the form below

The Center for Integration in Science

Scientists who meet the outlined criteria can benefit from valuable professional guidance, counseling, and vocational support offered by the Center for Integration in Science. This assistance is available to both newly arrived Oleh Chadash and Returning Resident scientists, as well as those considering Aliyah or returning to Israel, even if they are seeking support from abroad.

The Science Integration Center – Contact Information

Technology and Exact Sciences
Tel: 972-2-6214664
Email: [email protected]

Social Sciences
Tel: 972-2-6214596
Email: [email protected]

Biology and Medicine
Tel: 972-2-6214631
Email: [email protected]

Mailing Address:
Science Integration Center
Ministry of Aliyah and Integration
15 Hillel Street
Jerusalem 94581
Fax: 02-6214638

The Science Integration Center

Who is Eligible for Assistance from the Center for Integration in Science?

An Oleh scientist and their employer are eligible to receive grants and rights, provided both meet the criteria set forth by the State of Israel.

The criteria that determine which scientists are entitled to rights and grants

  • Olim Chadashim are recognized by the Center for Integration in Science as meeting the qualifications of a scientist up to age 70
  • Returning residents who meet both stages of eligibility:
    • Confirmed residency abroad for 5 or more years before returning to Israel by the Division for Returning Residents
    • Approval from the Center for Integration in Science as a “scientist” within age limitations (up to age 70)

Definition of an Employer

Israel offers financial incentives to companies and institutions to hire Oleh scientists.

  • Academic Institutions – Universities, colleges, government research institutes, regional R&D recognized by the Ministry of Science or the Ministry of Agriculture, and research sponsored by universities and hospitals.
  • Institutions in the 3rd Sector – Local authorities, National Authorities (established by law), museums, and non-profit organizations
  • Industry – Business sector employers who hire scientists for R&D positions as defined by the Law of Research and Development. Personnel agencies are not included

Period of Assistance

For Oleh Chadash Scientists

  • Employment in academia and the third sector – Must begin working with Center Assistance within 3 years from the Aliyah date (physicians have 5 years)
  • Duration of assistance – Up to 3 years
  • Duration of eligibility – Up to 6 years from Aliyah date for scientists (8 years for physicians)
  • Employment in the business sector – Must start within 4 years from Aliyah
  • Duration of assistance – Up to 3 years
  • Duration of eligibility – Up to 7 years from Aliyah for scientists

For Returning Resident Scientists

  • Employment in academia and the third sector – Commencement of employment within two years of returning to Israel
  • Duration of assistance – Up to 2 years
  • Duration of eligibility – Up to 3 years from the return date
  • Employment in the business sector – Commencement of employment within two years of returning to Israel
  • Duration of assistance – Up to 2 years
  • Duration of eligibility – Up to 4 years from the return date

Types of Aid for Emerging Scientists

Employment Assistance

Eligible scientists can access extensive support from the Center for Integration in Science. This assistance is available to Olim Chadashim, Returning Residents, and scientists considering Aliyah or returning to Israel, even when seeking support from abroad.

The Center’s comprehensive assistance program is designed to facilitate the seamless integration of scientists into Israel’s research and development community. This program offers personalized guidance, advice, and one-on-one consultations with vocational advisors specializing in the scientist’s field. These advisors are instrumental in assisting scientists in locating suitable R&D positions in Israel, utilizing their extensive networks within both industry and academia.

In addition to advisory services, the center provides financial support for the scientist’s employment over a period of 2 to 3 years, with the assistance gradually decreasing. The center also offers research scholarships for doctoral and post-doctoral studies.

It’s essential to note that this employment assistance is available to scientists across various fields, including life sciences, medicine, technology, social sciences, and humanities. Importantly, this support is accessible even before making Aliyah or returning to Israel.

Click here to learn more or contact the Center for Integration in Science:

The Center for Integration in Science
The Ministry of Aliyah and Integration
22 Rehov Kanfei Nesharim, Entrance B
Jerusalem 9546436
Fax: (02) 6214638

Scholarships for Research Students and Postdoc Fellowships

As part of its commitment to promoting Aliyah and facilitating the integration of Olim Chadashim in Israel, the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration administers a scholarship program and offers postdoctoral fellowships to eligible individuals who have recently arrived there.

Financial Support Guidelines

The Absorption Ministry provides direct financial support to employers to facilitate the employment of scientists in research and development (R&D). Academic and public sector employers may qualify for assistance when hiring doctoral scientists, while industry employers are eligible when employing scientists holding a master’s degree or higher.

Please note that scientists appointed to tenure-track positions are not eligible for financial assistance, as their positions are covered under the current Planning and Budgeting Committee budget. It’s also important to mention that financial assistance is not provided for employment through staffing agencies or for roles as external lecturers.

The disbursement of assistance is contingent upon the employer’s payment of a monthly gross salary (excluding overtime and travel reimbursements) to the scientist.

Below are the assistance amounts available to employers and the corresponding minimum salary requirements for the employer:

For scientists holding a Master’s degree – Monthly support is provided, with the Ministry’s participation amounting to 49,200 shekels in Year A, 36,900 shekels in Year B, 18,300 shekels in Year C, and 30,000 shekels in Year C for those in colleges. The monthly gross minimum wage for this category is 6,500 shekels.

Scientists with a Ph.D.- Are eligible to receive support at higher levels, with the Ministry’s participation being 79,920 shekels in Year A, 59,460 shekels in Year B, 24,600 shekels in Year C, and 42,000 shekels in Year C for those in colleges. The monthly gross minimum wage for this group is 9,000 shekels.

Scientists holding a D.Sc degree – Are eligible to receive support as well, with the Ministry’s participation totaling 82,440 shekels in Year A, 61,500 shekels in Year B, 30,750 shekels in Year C, and 48,000 shekels in Year C for those in colleges. The monthly gross minimum wage for scientists with a D.Sc is 10,000 shekels.

For physicians – Financial support is available with the Ministry’s participation at 47,340 shekels per year for all years listed. The monthly gross minimum wage for physicians is 8,500 shekels. These financial support options aim to assist scientists and professionals in various fields in their career pursuits in Israel.

Scientists with a Master's degree

If you’re at the early stages of your career and considering beginning a Master’s or Ph.D. program, it’s worth exploring graduate programs in Israel. Pursuing your Master’s or Ph.D. studies in Israel can allow you to establish connections within your field. Also, these connections can prove invaluable in your academic journey.

The Misrad Haklita offers support to Olim Chadashim by offering financial assistance in the form of a scientist’s salary for a specified duration through the Merkaz l’Klita b’Mada (Center for Absorption in Science), also known as Keren Shapiro.

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