The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) promotes academic relations between the U.S. and Israel by supporting innovative, hypothesis-driven, collaborative research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Successful projects explore timely questions that are pertinent to the field, advance our knowledge of properties and processes that underpin the discipline, and serve peaceful and non-profit purposes.
The Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program is open to Ph.D. students doing research that requires facilities or expertise not available in their home country. The program has two calls annually, each supporting 10 awards. The awards are for $6,000 each. The trips will be only to a higher education, or a research facility in the U.S.A. (for Israelis) or Israel (for U.S. students). Each trip will be for a maximum length of 2 months. The program will not support participation in conferences.
The BSF avoids funding Ph.D. students near the end of their thesis work, since the trip will not contribute much to their research. On the other hand, students in the very early stages of their Ph.D. work may not be clear yet on the direction of their research, and on their needs. An exception to this is in the case of students who continue their Ph.D. studies at the same lab they did their MSc, and the work is the extension of their previous work. In this case, early application makes sense and is treated accordingly. The typical application is in the second or third year of the Ph.D. studies.