Visiting Scientists

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Scientists from all fields are invited to come for sabbaticals at Technion.

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is Israel’s premier center of science and technology education and applied research, and is over 100 years old. It is ranked among the world top 50 technological universities and has achieved special recognition for being one of the world leaders in creating a special ecosystem which promotes innovation and entrepreneurships.International scientists will experience Technion’s high-level academic standards and join a supportive multidisciplinary environment encouraging scientific collaborations at cutting-edge facilities.

Technion is home to three Nobel Laureates and top-notch faculty with a proven record for educating leaders in science and technology, and the birth place of many of Israel’s most exciting tech innovations and helped give rise to the country’s modern start-up economy.

Application Process

Visiting scientists must have an academic host at the university and a formal visiting appointment at Technion.

The application process for visiting scientists is handled by the hosting faculty and the Office for Academic Affairs. The Office for Academic Affairs (in Hebrew abbreviated “Manla”) is responsible for all the aspects of academic and administrative pertaining to the academic staff, which include senior staff members, adjuncts and visiting scientists. More information and application forms are available here

Visas Pre-Departure Information

As part of your preparation, we suggest you follow the following guidelines when arranging your visa:
• Any visa request requires at least four weeks to be approved by the Israeli Ministry of Interior. The Technion visa coordinator must be contacted at least two months in advance.
• Stays of up to three months can be covered by a tourist visa. Stays of more than three months require either another type of visa or an extension of the tourist visa to be issued at the Ministry of Interior in Israel.
• Tourist B/2 Visa: Citizens of some countries can receive this visa at Ben Gurion Airport. Check prior to departure whether this applies to you.
• Student A/2 Visa: Students and academic guests can obtain this type of visa to stay in Israel for up to one year. This visa must be obtained through the Technion visa coordinator. A request form will be sent to you by the Faculty with the formal invitation letter. Review a sample visa application request letter. You may download the visa application form here.
Candidates are invited to contact the Visiting Scientists Coordinator Office for Academic Staff for assistance with their visa processing.
Please send an email to Ms. Ayellet Katalan:


Living in Haifa

Technion’s vibrant campus is located on the pine-covered north-eastern slopes of Haifa’s Mount Carmel. Basic living expenses in Haifa, covering food and travel for a single person is estimated at between $550-$600 each month. Off-campus housing near the Technion starts at $450 per month for a studio apartment, not including utilities.
Learn more about Haifa here

Additional Information

General information about research in Israel is available here (EURAXESS Israel)

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarships to international academic visitors to the Technion from multiple countries. Visitors must be under the age of 35, must hold a BA or BSc degree (or higher) and have a good record of academic achievement, and must be citizen of one of the following countries: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada (Quebec Province), China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, The Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Republic of Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.
Contact information:
Tel: +972-2-666-4646

US Citizens

For US citizens, potential sources of funding include:

  • US Government’s Fulbright Program – This is considered one of the world’s most prestigious and widely-known academic exchange programs. The program, initiated in 1946 by Senator J. William Fulbright, is to strengthen the basis for peace by enhancing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the peoples of partner countries around the world. Post-doc and faculty exchanges at the highest possible level of academic excellence are the principal means employed by the Fulbright Program to achieve this goal.
  • The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust – This trust provides funds for international scientists and scholars, post-docs and doctoral students to teach, study and participate in research at the Technion. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to people of all nationalities, genders and fields of scholarship.