The Rothschild Prize

In 1959 Yad Hanadiv established the Rothschild Prizes to support, encourage and advance the Sciences and Humanities in Israel. Prizes are awarded in recognition of outstanding scientific achievements, breakthroughs or discoveries in the following disciplines: Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Jewish Studies and Humanities. 

Recipients of the 2024 Rothschild Prize were selected in December 2023 by an Academic Committee chaired by Prof. Joseph (Yossi) Klafter. Prof. Klafter is the recipient of the Rothschild Prize in Chemical Sciences (2004), Israel Prize Recipient (2020) and former President of Tel Aviv University (2009-2019).  

The award ceremony and symposium are planned for September 2024 at the National Library. 

Winners were selected in recognition of an outstanding scientific achievement, breakthrough, or discovery in the following seven categories:  

Chemical Sciences: Prof. Uri Banin, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Computer Sciences: Prof. Moni Naor, The Weizmann Institute of Science 

Engineering: Prof. Michael (Micky) Elad, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Life Sciences: Prof. Rotem Sorek, The Weizmann Institute of Science 

Mathematics: Prof. Tamar Ziegler, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Physics: Prof. Mordechai (Moti) Segev, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Environmental Sciences: Prof. Ron Milo, The Weizmann Institute of Science 


Who Can Apply

Candidates must be full-time faculty at Israeli institutions of higher learning.
Emeritus faculty are not eligible to receive the Prize.
Candidates must be permanent residents of Israel.

How to Apply

Nominations for the 2026 Rothschild Prize in Social Sciences, Humanities and Jewish Studies will open in Mid-2025.

Nomination forms can be accessed from:

Supporting documentation for nominations must include:

  • A summary (up to 1200 words) which describes the main scientific achievement, breakthrough or discovery for which the candidate is being nominated, and its impact on the discipline and beyond
  • The candidate’s CV
  • A list of key publications relating to this achievement
  • Names of scholars from out of Israel who are qualified to evaluate the candidate’s work (optional)




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Committee Members

The Rothschild Prize
Professor Joseph Klafter
Leading scholars in the relevant fields will evaluate the candidates.



2024 Rothschild Prizes announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Rothschild Prize:

Prof. Uri Banin - Chemical Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Moni Naor - Computer Sciences, The Weizmann Institute of Science 

Prof. Michael (Micky) Elad - Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Prof. Rotem Sorek - Life Sciences, The Weizmann Institute of Science 

Prof. Tamar Ziegler - Mathematics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Prof. Mordechai (Moti) Segev - Physics, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Prof. Ron Milo - Environmental Sciences, The Weizmann Institute of Science 

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