Blavatnik Family Foundation Funds Israeli Fellowships at Cambridge

The University of Cambridge has announced a multimillion-pound pledge from the Blavatnik Family Foundation to provide postdoctoral fellowships for Israeli scientists.

To be administered by the British Council in Israel, the Blavatnik Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program will run for an initial period of five years, with at least three fellows appointed each year. Fellows will receive an annual stipend of £30,000 ($45,464) for up to two years. According to the Jewish Community Online, three Israeli scientists have already benefited from the fund and are working to further their research in engineering, genetics, and physics at Cambridge.

"I am delighted to host a Blavatnik Fellow in my lab within the Gurdon Institute," said Eric Miska, Herchel Smith Professor of Molecular Genetics. "Fellowships such as these enable the exchange of ideas and expertise that is the lifeblood of cutting-edge research. We're deeply grateful to Leonard Blavatnik and the Blavatnik Family Foundation for their support and hope to host many more fellows in the future."

"I am very pleased," said Len Blavatnik, a longtime Cambridge benefactor, "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."

"Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme for Israeli Scientists to Pursue Research at Cambridge." University of Cambridge Press Release 01/20/2015. Sandy Rashty. "Millions Given to Cambridge for Israeli Research Posts." Jewish Community Online 01/20/2015.