"Help young students understand, question and change the world as we know it"
Michal is married with three children. She grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and dreamed of becoming a news broadcaster on TV. Educated at a strict and demanding Jewish school, she wrote her matriculation in 3 different languages: English, Afrikaans and Hebrew. She joined the IDF as a lone soldier and served as an officer.
Addressing international audiences, Michal was often asked to compare between apartheid in Israel and South Africa. This drove her to investigate how a democracy like Israel can be equated with the apartheid regime of her childhood in South Africa.
“My research deals with the stigmatization of countries in the international arena. I am developing a model that analyzes how a country involved in a self-determination conflict might be stigmatized, and why some countries so involved are stigmatized while others are not.
The study’s main contribution lies in investigating soft-power mechanisms – rapidly gaining importance in the digital world, where military action (hard power) entails a heavy political price. Since states behave like human beings, I hope my research may enhance our understanding of relations among nations.”
“The scholarship I received from the university has enabled me to study. It’s as simple as that. Without financial assistance, I could never have afforded to do research while raising three small children. Since academic research is flexible, I am able to be a mother while also pursuing my processional goals.”
“A senior female researcher at our institute seems to be able to do everything simultaneously. Lecturer, researcher and mother at the same time, she does it all so charmingly. Looking at her I see that it’s possible!”
“I am a volunteer board member of Forum Dvorah – Women in Foreign Policy and National Security.”
Ram is married with one child. He grew up in moshav Kfar HaNagid, the eldest in a family of five. Despite their lack of education, his parents encouraged their children to study, and Ram was the family's role model.
As a young boy, Ram was drawn to technology, and in high school he majored in technology and physics. Diagnosed with learning disabilities, including dysgraphia, dyslexia and ADHD, he met the challenge head on, and completed his high school and university education successfully. His M.Sc. thesis has been presented at several international conferences.
Ram's perseverance was also evident in his military service. A squad and scouting commander in the Armored Corps, he finished his training despite several injuries.
"The topic of my study is 'Tomographic inverse scattering using wave beams'.
The term 'inverse scattering' means reconstruction of a medium by measuring the field scattered from it when exposed to known light waves. My study tackles a known problem, while developing innovative mathematical tools for future use."
“As a young family, struggling to make ends meet, my wife and I deliberated whether I should pursue a PhD. The generous scholarship enables me to provide for my family as I focus on my studies and research.“
“I love sports, especially soccer.”
Tali, married with three young children, juggles between motherhood and many hours in the lab.
Tali is a second-generation scientist. Her mother is a Professor of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute, and in most of the families she knew as a child, at least one parent was a scientist. This environment bred curiosity in her mind, and a desire to search for answers to basic scientific questions.
As a child Tali wished to pursue justice and be a lawyer. Studying art, she wanted to be an architect and design vast artworks. Eventually, fascinated be veterinary medicine, she realized that the Life Sciences combine all the things she loved: the search for truth, planning new experiments and the world of animals.
“My research addresses questions of sociology through ant populations and their varied social structures. Through these extraordinary animal societies, we can gain an understanding of the evolution of complex social structures, which may also be projected onto human society.”
“I am as hard-working as any ant, but without the scholarship I would have had to hold down a fulltime job, and would not have been able to do my research.”
“Only TAU has the wonderful Zoological Garden, such a pleasant environment to work in.”
“My work is my hobby….”
"I wouldn't be able to study in this amazing program without my scholarship.
It's changed my life."
Brazilian Friends of TAU Scholar
Hailing from the Negev, Nadia is the first Bedouin student to study architecture at TAU.
The field allows her to express her creativity and help people. She hopes to apply her skills and knowledge to benefit her community.
Scholarship funded by an anonymous donor, UK
Big Idea: To find a biological treatment for
deafness by decoding the genetic make-up of the
Preliminary results of Shahar’s research are encouraging.
Klass Family Fellow
Big Idea: An environmental entrepreneur, Lior recognized that home gardening could be a game-changer in sustainability,
policy and other areas. Her scholarship was a key factor in deciding to research this idea at TAU.
"I wanted my research to have an impact on the world, not to sit on a shelf. To accomplish this, I needed time and that's what my scholarship gave me."
Porter Foundation Fellow
Ilya made Aliyah from Russia after high school. As a lone immigrant, he has found a warm home in Israel and at Tel Aviv University.
"In Moscow, I had every opportunity open to me,
but I preferred to come to Israel where I feel I belong.”
Helen Sarah Steyer & Thomas Mark Steyer Scholar
Belaynesh immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia at the age of 15. Now, decades later, her children don't speak Amharic or Tigrinya and can’t communicate with her parents. This painful disconnect resulted in Belaynesh’s PhD thesis about the emotional cost of losing a native tongue. She is formulating recommendations for the government to implement language preservation for immigrant communities.
"A person without roots cannot grow and flourish.
If they are not rooted in the ground, the wind will knock them over."
Walanpatrias Foundation Doctoral Fellow