The Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants for Young Scientists

United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation

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Grant amount: US $4,000

Anticipated deadline: May 7, 2020 7:00am PDT

Applicant type: PhD Student

Funding uses: Conference, Research

Location of project: Israel, United States

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Location of citizenship: Israel, United States

Age restriction: No more than 35 years of age

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About this funder:




Prof. Rami Rahamimoff (1937 – 2008) was a world renowned scientist who played a key role in the leadership and governance of the BSF, and was the recipient of numerous BSF grants before joining its Board. 

Prof. Rahamimoff was a professor of physiology at the Hebrew University, and was awarded the Israel Prize in Medicine in 1998. Born in Sofia in 1937, Prof. Rahamimoff earned his M.D. in 1963 from the Hebrew University, where he continued to become a full professor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical campus. He served as Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Health from 2001 until his death, and won international recognition for his pioneering work on calcium regulation of synaptic transmission. 

In light of this contribution, and his life’s work in science and medicine, the BSF has decided to honor Prof. Rahamimoff’s memory by naming the new travel grants program for young scientists after him. 

The Program

The Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program is open to PhD students doing research that requires facilities or expertise not available in their home countries. The trips will be only to a higher education or a research facility in the U.S.A. (for Israelis) or Israel (for Americans).  Each trip will be for a maximum length of 2 months.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be U.S. or Israeli citizens.
  • Applicants must be conducting supervised research towards a PhD in an accredited higher education institution, or in a non-profit research institution (government or other, including hospitals).
  • 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.


  • The program will not support participation in conferences or trips by late-stage PhD students.
  • Submitting an application before the PhD research program/plan is formally approved by the university is not recommended.
  • Students in their last year of PhD studies are not eligible to submit applications to the program.
  • 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.
  • One of the criteria frequently used by the panel is the stage of the research program.
    • Trips planned very early or very late in the research program are often not approved. 
  • The BSF will not provide funding for institutional overhead.