Amira Margalith Research Internship Program

Amira Margalith, Z"L

From Right: Amira Margalith, z"l with colleague

The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies has established a research  internship to honor the memory of Amira Margalith, who served as the Center administrator for more than two decades. It was Amira’s good nature and helpfulness that made the work of the Center, its fellows, and its visitors so successful for many years. Through a competitive application process, the MDC appoints one undergraduate or graduate from a European or North American college or university  to intern for one semester. Students who have a budding passion for Middle Eastern Studies, are interested in undertaking quality research under the direction of a Center member, and have special linguistic and writing talents are encouraged to apply.

The AMSITAU recipient receives a $3,000 stipend to defray living expenses and transportation costs. The grant is disbursed to the recipient in three $1000 installments over the duration of three months. The minimum period for the internship will be three months and include a minimum of 20 hours per week of work at Tel Aviv University or in a location designated by the supervising Dayan Center member.


What are the requirements and application process for an AMSITAU award?


Applicants for the internship are expected to submit a 1,000 word essay about their career intentions and how the internship fits into those plans. Candidates should specify their area(s) of disciplinary interest. In addition, three letters of recommendation should be submitted on behalf of the student, with at least two of them from present or former teachers. Those letters should speak to the intellectual promise, research skills and experience, language abilities, writing talents, and other qualifications that reflect on the candidate’s credentials. Letters should include mention of the candidate’s character, ability to work autonomously yet with guidance, commitment to a future academic or research position in Middle Eastern studies, and an estimate of how the candidate ranks among former and present students of the teacher.

Applications will be accepted up to February 28 of each year, with decisions made by March 30. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications, including recommendations if sent directly from recommenders, can be sent electronically, with applicant's name in the subject header, in an attached PDF file to If you prefer to send a hard copy, please address it to:


Director, the Moshe Dayan Center

for Middle Eastern and African Studies

Tel Aviv University

Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel, 69978


Successful applicants will be informed by mail and e-mail, with initial disbursement of funds coming as a transportation reimbursement prior to the student’s arrival in Israel. 


How can I make a contribution to AMSITAU?


Initial funding for the internship was provided by Emory Professor Kenneth W. Stein who throughout his thirty year career benefited from the grace, diligence, and thoughtfulness emanating from Amira’s dedication and friendship. If you would like to make a contribution, you may do so here. Please be sure to let us know that you would like to earmark your contribution for this program.


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