Israel's first sustainable development 
 experiential research program 

The NITSAN Fellowship aims to connect TAU’s classrooms and laboratories to circumstances of poverty and environmental degradation across the developing world, and to educate the next generation of global problem solvers through an innovative, experiential curriculum. ​

We are looking for outstanding, pioneering, innovative and adventurous students to:

  • Spend months in field sites in Asia and Africa;

  • Develop a deep understanding of the complex local challenges;

  • Identify, pilot, test and adapt technologies with potential impact;

  • Work with Israeli start-ups and innovators;

  • Develop innovative interventions and business models;

  • Lead cutting edge, data-driven and evidence based learning.

NITSAN fellows:

  • Take part in new TAU courses in cutting edge Sustainability Science;

  • Receive academic credit;

  • Conduct research using a mix of methods, with an emphasis on field work and empirical data science;

  • Can write theses and dissertations on the basis of NITSAN research;

  • Receive academic guidance from Prof. Hadas Mamane (Engineering) and Dr. Ram Fishman (Social Sciences).

The Fellowship is open to all TAU graduate students, from all backgrounds and disciplines. Candidates from engineering, social science, policy, data science and public health are especially welcome. Undergraduate students can be admitted in exceptional cases. Candidates are expected to spend at least 3 months in field sites (according to research needs), and to commit to continue working on the project upon their return to Israel.  Scholarships can be available for strong candidates. 

Applications for the 2020-21 NITSAN program are now open. APPLY HERE.

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 With the kind support of 

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NITSAN Fellowship


NITSAN is Tel Aviv University's Sustainable Development Lab. Supported by the Boris Mints Institute (School of Public Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences), the lab conducts inter-disciplinary research on all aspects of sustainable development, with an emphasis on the diffusion of Israeli technologies in developing countries. Our research involves intensive field work in multiple locations in Asia and Africa. 


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