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The University of Cambridge has received a multi-million pound pledge to fund Israeli scientists interested in pursuing post-doctoral research at the university.
One of the university’s benefactors, the Blavatnik Family Foundation, donated the money.
The British Council in Israel, which promotes academic and scientific exchange between the two nations, will administer it.
“I am very pleased to strengthen the foundation’s existing links to Cambridge with this important initiative, which will serve the mutual interests of the university, the Israeli scientific community and those selected to be Blavatnik Fellows,” foundation head Leonard Blavatnik said.
The program, which will run for an initial period of five years, will award annual stipends of £30,000, and fellowships can be held for up to two years.
At least three fellows will be appointed each year, and this number may increase, the university said.
“We are committed to enabling the very best people from around the world to come to Cambridge, to drive forward our pioneering research and address new questions,” Prof. Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, vice chancellor of the university, said.
“We are delighted that the generosity of Leonard Blavatnik and the Blavatnik Family Foundation adds a further way in which we can support this ambition,” he said.
A committee of senior academics has already selected three Israeli scientists for the fellowships and they have begun their research at the university in the fields of engineering, genetics and physics, respectively.
The Blavatnik Family Foundation, headed by Leonard Blavatnik, is an active supporter of many educational, scientific, cultural and charitable institutions in Israel, US, UK, Russia and throughout the world. Among the recipients of its support are Tel Aviv University, Harvard University, Oxford University, the Moscow Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center and numerous other Jewish institutions.