Israel and Ione Massada Fellowships Programme
The Massada Fellowships Programme at Worcester College is funded by the generous donation of the late Ms Sheila (Storm) Kelly, in memory of her parents Israel and Ione Massada. Its aim is to promote academic interchange between Oxford and Israel.
The Massada Fellowships extend to practising scholars from all disciplines who are affiliated with an institution of higher education in Israel, whose work would benefit from being in Oxford for a two to three-week period. During their stay, Massada Fellows are encouraged to foster connections with local scholars, meet graduate students, advance their research and take part in College life. The programme provides a sociable academic environment, encouraging collaboration.
The programme covers the Fellow's flights and accommodation, and provides access to the Worcester College Library and the University libraries. The Fellowship includes 'full dining rights' in the Senior Common Room. Meals provide the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of our College, and to meet and exchange ideas with a wide range of academics from different disciplines.
Each Massada Fellow is the guest of a particular local scholar, who co-hosts with the Director of the Programme, Dr Naomi Rokotnitz. Together, the collaborating Fellow and the Director arrange for the visiting Massada Fellow's introduction to the relevant department or faculty and coordinate related events.
The highlight of the fellowship is the Massada Seminar, at which each visiting Fellow delivers a public address. Whether a lecture or a workshop, the event is open to an audience of students, academics, Old Members and the public. Massada Fellows will receive guidance, supervision and assistance from the Director of the Programme throughout their stay, and in preparation for this event. Visiting Fellows usually deliver further talks, seminars or workshops, depending on their research interests and their collaborations with local scholars and students.
The College is grateful to Old Member and Honorary Fellow, Martin Paisner, for establishing the link that has made this programme possible.
Massada Fellows and their colleagues at Worcester are also eligible to apply for an extended project grant. This can cover a return visit to Oxford to continue a joint venture; a return visit to Israel by the collaborating Worcester Fellow; a symposium or similar event.
Who is eligible to apply?
*Practising scholars from all disciplines who are affiliated with an institution of higher education in Israel
*Scholars whose work would benefit specifically from being at Oxford
*Scholars whose research interest overlaps with that of at least one Oxford Fellow who has expressed an interest in co-hosting the visit
*Scholars who are likely to have a continuing collaboration with Oxford
For further information, please contact the Director of the Programme: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See Dr Rokotnitz's academic profile at oxford.academia.edu/NaomiRokotnitz
List of Massada Fellows
2020- Hilary Term is currently open.
2019-20 Michaelmas Term Massada Fellow: Professor Renee Poznanaski, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, History; Collaborating Fellow: Professor Robert Gildea.
2019 Trinity Term Massada Fellow: Professor Irad Malkin, Tel Aviv University, Archaeology and Ancient History; Collaborating Fellow: Professor Scott Scullion.
2019 Hilary Term Massada Fellow: Professor Oren Rakaz-Ayal, Dean of Law, Haifa University; Collaborating Fellow: Professor Julian Roberts.
2018-19 Michaelmas Term Massada Fellows: Professor Shlomi Segall, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, PPE, and Professor Daniel Statman, Haifa University, Philosophy and Political Theory. Collaborating Fellow: Dr Zofia Stemplowska. Seminar titles: Professor Segall, 'The Value of Equality: Positive or Negative?'; Professor Statman, 'Can Preferential Treatment Discriminate Against its Beneficiaries?'
2018 Trinity Term Massada Fellow: Dr Tovi Bibring, Bar Ilan University, French; Collaborating Fellow: Dr Laura Ashe. Seminar title: 'Exceptional Medieval Story-tellers: How Three Jewish Writers of Hebrew in Europe Challenged the Dominant Culture of their Times'.
2017-18 Michaelmas Term Massada Fellow: Professor Avishai Dekel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Astrophysics; Collaborating Fellow, Dr Sugata Kaviraj. Seminar title: 'The Magic Scale of Galaxies: how the preferred mass and time for galaxy and black-hole formation originate from the physical processes of supernova feedback and gas heating in massive dark-matter haloes'.
2017 Trinity Term Massada Fellow: Dr Amy Gelbart, Herzog College, Education; Collaborating Fellow, Dr Gabriel Stylianides. Seminar title: 'How the fundamentals of improvisation and playback theatre can help you enhance creativity, cultivate listening skills and adopt a growth mindset that improves communication'.
2017 Hilary Term Massada Fellow: Professor Ronen Perry, Haifa University, Law; Collaborating Fellow: Professor Donal Nolan. Seminar title: 'Online anonymous speech: Technology, Law and Economics: problems and solutions arising from social networks'.
2016 Summer Massada Fellow: Dr Yaakov Falkov, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, History; Collaborating Fellow: Professor Robert Gildea.