The Anglo-Israel Association annually awards a limited number of travel scholarships to Israel. The Scholarship is in memory of its Founder, the late Brigadier Sir Wyndham Deedes, CMG, DSO who served as Chief Secretary to the British Mandatory Government of Palestine. The objective of the awards is to enable graduates of British universities, who are normally resident in the UK to make an intensive study of some aspect, (sociological, scientific, cultural, economic, etc.) of life in Israel. The study should be in an area that would be of direct interest to those working in that field in the UK.
The scholarships are open to men and women, normally under 35 years of age, who have graduated from a British university. Preference will be given to those applicants visiting Israel for the first time. Scholarships are not to be used for the funding of full-time degree courses at Israeli Universities. Subjects should be of a secular rather than a religious nature. A short course or activity at an Israeli university is permitted if it forms part of a degree course at a British University. Medical Students wishing to study certain aspects of how hospitals or the health service in general, function in Israel, for a short period will also be considered.
Applicants must undertake to spend at least six weeks in Israel within twelve months of the date of the award and also to submit a report on their project of not less than 5,000 words within twelve months of the date of their return from Israel. The Association retains the right to publish the reports. Alternatively, students may arrange publication of their findings in professional journals on or off-line, mount exhibitions or lecture to their relevant professional body.
Awards are decided by a selection committee that meets annually. The initial selection procedure is carried out following the closing date, when those short-listed are informed and given the date and time of their interview, if required. The interviews take place in London. The closing date for applicants is 30th April annually, but exceptions to this timetable can be considered.
Each Scholarship is worth up to £2,000 and is intended to be a contribution towards the travel and subsistence expenses incurred in visiting Israel.
An application form may be downloaded here or is obtainable from the Anglo-Israel Association direct at Wyndham Deedes Memorial Trust fund, PO Box 47819, London NW11 7WD (Tel. 020 8458 1284). All applicants must provide the following:
- A completed application form.
- A relevant reference on headed notepaper from your university or employer.
- A letter of invitation on headed notepaper from your sponsor/s in Israel.
- A covering letter about yourself and why you wish to come to Israel. The letter should have your full name, current address and contact details.
On the form applicants must include a statement of not less than 300 words outlining the projected study, giving the names of individuals and of institutions willing to advice and assist. Applications are to be submitted by 30th April unless an alternative date has been agreed by the AIA in writing. If acknowledgement of receipt of application is required, a stamped addressed envelope must be enclosed.