Real estate and media mogul Mortimer B. Zuckerman has announced a $100 million initiative to provide scholarships and other support to the next generation of STEM leaderss in the United States and Israel.
The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Scholars Program in STEM Leadership will have two components. The Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program will provide high-achieving postdoctoral researchers and graduate students from the United States with opportunities to collaborate with leading researchers at top Israeli institutions, including the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, and Weizmann Institute of Science, while the Zuckerman Faculty Scholars Program will facilitate the return of top Israeli researchers in the U.S. to institutions in Israel. The initiative also will work to provide Israeli institutions with access to the kind of funding needed to develop top-tier research labs, projects, and programs.
Funded by Zuckerman's foundation, the initiative will provide more than $100 million over the next twenty years to facilitate scientific collaboration between the United States and Israel.
"At a time when collaboration is essential to advanced scientific research, this program gives the next generations of leading American and Israeli academics the ability to work together on cutting-edge research in ways that stand to benefit their fields for years to come," said Zuckerman, founder, chair, and CEO of Boston Properties. "The result will help transform not just the work of the scholars involved, but the way the United States and Israel approach collaboration and cooperation across the sciences."