The United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation Professor Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program is open to Ph.D. students doing research that requires facilities or expertise not available in their home countries.

  • The program will have two calls annually, and each will support 10 trips. Grants are for $4,000 each.
  • The trips will be only to a higher education or a research facility in the U.S.A. (for Israelis) or Israel (for Americans). The program will not support participation in conferences or trips by late-stage Ph.D. students.
  • Each trip will be for a maximum length of 2 months.
  • Travel should be taken within one year of notification of award.
  • Applications for trips that have already occurred will not be accepted.


  • Applicants must be U.S. or Israeli citizens.
  • The applicant, rather than their thesis advisor, must write the application.
  • Applicants must be conducting supervised research towards a Ph.D. in an accredited higher education institution or in a non-profit research institution (government or other, including hospitals).
  • Submitting an application before the Ph.D. research program/plan is formally approved by the university is not recommended.
  • Students in their last year of Ph.D. studies are not eligible to submit applications to the program.
  • The BSF will only accept applications that are in the scientific fields it supports. For a full list, see Eligible Areas of Research. The split program does not apply to Travel Grants; applications in all fields supported by the BSF can be submitted each year.
  • Applicants must be 35 years old or younger.
  • Israeli and American students doing research in the other country are not eligible to apply.
  • A student who was previously awarded a grant in this program is not allowed to submit again.

Required materials:

  • Cover and signature page (to be downloaded from the BSF website in the Guidelines and Forms section). The form must be completed in 12-point font and 1.5 line spacing. Since it is not protected, the applicants are requested to make sure that the top and bottom letterheads are not lost.
  • Signatures
    The cover page must be signed in the proper places by:

    1. The applicant
    2. The institutional authority of the university (must also include email address!)
  • Letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor.
  • Letter of acceptance and support from the intended host scientist.
  • CV of the applicant.
  • All items should be submitted as one complete Word or PDF file.

Submission of application must be made via email to the Berkeley Graduate Division Fellowships Office. The campus deadline is Thursday, December 6, 2017. For more information, visit the BSF website.