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05 July, 2009

Ariane de Rothschild Women’s Doctoral Program to be inaugurated at the Hebrew University

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild  (Photo: Courtesy of the Rothschild-Caesarea Foundation)
Baroness Ariane de Rothschild (Photo: Courtesy of the Rothschild-Caesarea Foundation)

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild will award scholarships to four outstanding women Ph.D. students at the launch of The Ariane de Rothschild Women’s Doctoral Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus campus on Monday, July 6, at noon.

This unique program, being awarded for the first time for the academic year 2009-2010 by the Rothschild-Caesarea Foundation in conjunction with the Hebrew University, is part of the baroness's world-wide activities to promote equal opportunities for women. Prominent women from academia, media, literature, theater and business will be at the launch.

The first four recipients of The Ariane de Rothschild Women’s Doctoral Program will receive the sum of NIS 40,000 each, per annum, for a maximum period of four years. The scholarship, which includes tuition fees and a cost of living allowance, will be awarded annually for a period of three years to four exceptional women students from difficult socio-economic backgrounds, chosen by a committee chaired by the Hebrew University rector in consultation and with the approval of the baroness.

Scholarship recipients commit to voluntary educational activities during their studies or after completing their doctorates. Scholarship renewal is conditional on the student’s satisfactory progress in their chosen field of study or research.

Baroness de Rothschild, who lives in Switzerland, said: ''In Israel in 2009, there are more women in higher education than at any other time in the past. Statistically, however, female academics and faculty members are the exception, not the rule.

“Without reverting to feminist rhetoric, but as advocates of a fair and just society, one can only imagine how different the world might be if women scholars from low socio- economic backgrounds, including those who are wives and mothers, had the financial means to allow them to attain their full creative potential, to enable them to devote themselves to their studies and academic goals.

“This program recognizes and applauds the high value Israeli society places on family. By providing a full scholarship, not just tuition fees, but also a living allowance, exceptional female doctoral students from under privileged social economic backgrounds will have the financial means to pursue their academic goals.”


(Journalists wishing to attend the event should contact the Department of Media Relations at 02-5882811 by Sunday, July 5)




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