Fellows participate in a fully funded, week-long seminar held in Israel in March of each year. Designed to deepen fellows' knowledge of the most pressing problems facing Israel and the world, the seminar also exposes them to the innovative solutions developed at BGU.
In addition, fellows join in three virtual group meetings: two pre-seminar sessions in November and January and one post-seminar session in May.
Tentative Program for 2023
Day 1: Connecting
Arrival in Israel and welcome dinner at the home of Jeff Kaye, Vice President for Public Affairs and Resource Development at BGU, in the Jerusalem hills.
Day 2: Learning
Meetings in Jerusalem with policymakers, community leaders, and change agents for an overview of Israel's most pressing security, economic, social, and environmental challenges.
Days 3-5: Experiencing
Sessions at BGU's Marcus Family Campus in Beer-Sheva with leading researchers from the Faculties of Engineering, Health, Natural Sciences, and the Social Sciences and Humanities; the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology; the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev; the Yazamut 360° center for entrepreneurship and innovation; the National Autism Research Center of Israel; and more. There will also be sessions at Sde Boker's Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, home to the world's leading institute for water research and leading institutes for research in drylands agriculture and energy, as well as the School of Sustainability and Climate Change and the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism and the Ben-Gurion Archives. There will be opportunities to meet individually with BGU faculty working in specific areas of interest. Finally, tours of programs in partnership with and for the benefit of the Negev's diverse communities.
Day 6: Reflecting
A day at Sde Boker's Isrotel Kedma, a desert-inspired luxury hotel in the traditional Nabatean style. A chance for an afternoon swim and spa, followed by Shabbat dinner and discussions about issues explored in the seminar.
Day 7: Planning
Optional desert activities and walk to David Ben-Gurion's desert home. Also, a concluding session on translating learning into action in fellows' home countries.