Annual Grants and Scholarships

The Minerva Center for Human Rights issues an annual call for proposals for multidisciplinary research grants (generally $2,000-$4,000 each) and doctoral scholarships ($2,000-$3,000 each) for human rights research The Center's call for proposals for research grants is unique in that it is open to researchers from all research institutes in Israel – the only such source of national, multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary human rights research funding in Israel. Over the years the Minerva Center’s grants have had a powerful cumulative role in developing significant human rights-related academic research in Israel.

2017- 2018

1. Vernacular conceptions of human rights: The case of Haredi people with mental disabilities in Israel (Dr. Zvika Orr, Civic Engagement Program, Jerusalem College of Technology, and Dr. Adi Finkelstein, Life and Health Sciences, Jerusalem College of Technology)

2. The Impact of Majority Nationalism Laws on Intergroup Relations (Prof. Netta Barak-Corren, Law, Hebrew University, Prof. Yuval Feldman, Law, Bar Ilan University, and Prof. Noam Gidron, Law, Hebrew University)

3. What Shapes Individuals’ Preferences for Criminal Justice Error Types? (Prof. Yehonatan Givati, Law, Hebrew University)

4. Bystanding, Complicity, and Human Rights in Current Israeli and Palestinian Cinema (Prof. Raya Morag, Communication, Hebrew University)

5. Intergroup Contact in Everyday Spaces: A Natural Experiment in Jerusalem Hospitals (Dr. Devorah S. Manekin, Department of International Relations, Hebrew University)

6. Listening from Afar: Assessing Judicial Response to Human Rights Violations using Algorithmic Topic Modeling of Testimonies in International Criminal Trials (Dr. Renana Keydar, Law, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Hebrew University)

7. Mainstreaming the Refugee Women Rights Advocacy, (Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir, Law, Ramat Gan College of Business and Law)

8. The Right to Memory as a Human Right (Prof. Amit Schejter, and Dr. Noam Tirosh, Communication, Ben-Gurion University)

9. Framing Moral Transgressions as Violations of Rights Increases Their Perceived Severity (Allon Vishkin, Psychology, Hebrew University)

10. Constraining or Expanding State Power: Why Do States Ratify Counterterrorism Conventions? (Efrat Hakak, Department of International Relations, Hebrew University)

11. Disabled children’s and adolescents’ report of self-determination at home and in school, relating to their capacities and opportunities, and their parents’ report relating to these issues (Tamar Taub, School of Social Work & Social Welfare, Hebrew University)

12. The Ongoing Trauma of Palestinian Refugees from Lod (Rawan Nasser, School of Social Work & Social Welfare, Hebrew University)

2015 - 2016

1. Civil Society Organizations Promoting Coexistence, Shared Society and Human Rights of the Arab-Palestinian Population in Israel (Dr. Michal Almog-Bar, School of Social Work & Social Welfare, Hebrew University)

2. Universal Righting of Human Rights Wrongs (Prof. Iris Canor and Dr. Yifat Bitton, Law, Academic College Rishon LeTzion)

3. The Legal Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Israel: Domestic Law, Policies and Collective Memory (Prof. Margit Cohn, Law, Hebrew University)

4. How Human Rights Activism Impacts Volunteer Students of Minority Groups: The Case of Haredi Students Promoting Human Rights of Haredi People with Disabilities (Dr. Adi Finkelstein, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical Center)

5. Economic Woman in the Age of Capital Gendering Economic Inequality (Prof. Frances Raday, Law, Academic College Rishon LeTzion)

6. The Adoption of Human Rights Discourse by Israeli Right-Wing Groups: Causes, Functions and Consequences (Dr. Ron Dudai, Marin Buber Society of Fellows, Hebrew University)

7. Abuse of Israeli and Palestinian Prisoners` Human and Medical Rights (Dr. Tomer Einat, Department of Criminology, Bar Ilan University)

8. Poverty law and the civil justice system (Assaf Tabeka, Law, Hebrew University)

9. Proportionality in Theory and in Practice: A Critical Analysis of the Constitutional Methodology of the Israeli Supreme Court Talya Steiner, Law, Hebrew University)

2014 - 2015

1. The Right to Equal Special Education in Jerusalem: The Treatment of Children with Special Needs in West and East Jerusalem (Dr. Thomas Gumpel, Education, Hebrew University)

2. The Impact of Language Accessibility of Legal Hearings on the Legal Process and its Outcomes (Dr. Michal Schuster, Translation, Bar Ilan University)

3. Human Rights Law in Israel (Prof. Barak Medina, Law, Hebrew University)

4. Realization of the Right to Health and Access to Health Services among Statusless Palestinian Women in Israel (Dr. Nihaya Daoud, Public Health, Ben Gurion University)

5. Participatory Technologies for Mapping Crises and their Political Implications (Dr. Michal Givoni, Politics and Governance, Ben Gurion University)

6. Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights (Dr. Liav Orgad, Law, Interdisciplinary Center Herzlia)

7. Responses of the Criminal Justice System to Moral Panics (Prof. Miri Gur-Arye, Law, Hebrew University, and Prof. Nachman Ben-Yehuda, Sociology, Hebrew University)

8. Israel, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Portrayal of Israel in the International Sphere (Dr. Rotem Giladi, Law, Hebrew University)

9. To What Extent Does Children’s Representation in Youth Court Promote Their Rights? (Shiran Reichenberg, Law)

10. Between Employment and Family Life in the Arab and Jewish Populations of Israel: A Comparative Analysis (Ola Nabwani, Sociology)

2013 - 2014

1. Armed with Cameras: Human Rights, Gender, and the Public Sphere (Dr. Ruthie Ginsburg, Hermaneutics, Bezalel Academy)

2. Asylum Seekers with Disabilities (Dr. Tali Kritzman-Amir, Law, Van Leer Institute)

3. Damages for the Infringement of Human Rights in the Israeli Legal System (Prof. Iris Canor, Law, Academic College Rishon LeTzion, Prof. Tamar Gidron, Law, Academic College Rishon LeTzion, Dr. Haya Zandberg, Ministry of Justice)

4. The Invisible Constitution: Judicial Review in Trial Courts (Dr. Uri Aharonson, Law, Bar Ilan University)

5. Israel Public Policy towards "Foreigners" – the Cases of Human Trafficking and of Asylum-Seekers and Migrants (Dr. Nurit Hashimshoni Yaffe, Government and Society, Tel Aviv Academic College)

6. Migrant Workers Advocating for Their Rights?! The Case of Filipino Community Organizations in Israel (Dr. Debbie Babis, Truman Center for Peace Research, HUJ, and Itai Greenspan, Sociology, Hebrew University)

7. The Right to Divorce in Jewish Tradition (Dr. Avshalom Weistrich, Law, Ramat Gan College of Business and Law)

8. Rights of Older Persons in the African Union: Empiric Examination of the African Court of Human & Peoples' Rights (Prof. Israel Doron, Gerontology, Haifa University, and Dr. Benny Spanier, Law, Haifa University)

9. Technological Changes and Human Rights: The Case of Airport Security Screening in Israel (Dr. Tal Yonatan-Zamir, Criminology, Hebrew University, Dr. Badi Hasisi, Criminology, Hebrew University, and Dr. Yoram Margaliot, Law, Tel Aviv University)

10. Urban/Regional Structure and Environment as Facilitators or Barriers for Participation in Activities for Diverse People with Disabilities (Prof. Pnina Plaut, Architecture and Urban Studies, Technion, and Dr. Naomi Schreier, Occupational Therapy, Haifa University)

11. Victims’ Rights as Human Rights (Dr. Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg, Law, Bar Ilan University, and Dr. Dana Pugac, Law, Ono College)

12. ”A Historic Commitment? Israel’s Attitude to the Refugee Convention: Interests, Identity, and Ideology” (Dr. Rotem Giladi, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University)

13. The Legal Status of “Social Parenthood” (Tali Marcus, Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University)

14. The Discursive Dynamic of Institutional Work: The Case of the GBLT Community in Israel” (Merav Migdal Picker, Doctoral Candidate, Business Administration School, Hebrew University)

15. The Interaction between Transnational Factors and Local-Particular Social, Cultural, and Religious Factors Shaping the Moral Perceptions, Discourses, Practices and Public Policies Regarding Human Rights Issues Related to the Human Body (Zvika Orr, Doctoral Candidate, Federmann School of Public Policy & Government, Hebrew University)

16. The Monetary Dimension of a Constitutional Right (Ronen Polliack, Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University)