Structure & Activities
The Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies operates as a partly virtual unit: There is no Institute building and all activities are coordinated by a small administrative staff. While a Fellow is a guest of the Institute, the hosting academic unit is responsible for providing office and/or laboratory space, secretarial service and necessary facilities.
The Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies is governed by a Steering Committee composed of the President and Rector of the University (ex-officio), the Director of the institute (ex-officio) and five senior members of the faculty who are appointed by the President and the Rector.
The Steering Committee is responsible for selecting prospective Fellows from the candidates proposed by the Faculties. Each year about 10 to 14 Scholars are selected in the Sackler framework and about 10 to 14 in the Shaoul framework, representing virtually all the academic disciplines. Until 2018 about 300 visitors have stayed at the Institute. The Institute provides the fellowship/per diem as well as hotel/apartment accommodation, transportation cost (including spouses of Fellows which stay for a whole semester).
Sackler Fellows are free to do their own research at the university, to collaborate with other researchers in joint work or participate in any way they see fit in the life of the university. Many visitors have chosen to give a few lectures in their field of expertise. The lectures are frequently the highlight of the semester and attended by academics from all over Israel.