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.   

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

Information about nominations will be publicized in March 2023



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Committee Members

The Rothschild Prize
Professor David Shulman
Leading scholars in the relevant fields will evaluate the candidates.



Congratulations to the 2022 Rothschild Prize winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Rothschild Prize:

Nira Liberman – Social Sciences (Psychology, Tel Aviv University)

Nira Liberman developed the highly influential construal level theory, which explores the uniquely human cognitive ability to imagine oneself in the future, in remote locations, with unfamiliar people, and in hypothetical situations. Her theory has had a powerful impact on psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, linguistics, philosophy, and public policy. 

David Weisburd – Social Sciences (Criminology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

David Weisburd’s research has been pivotal in developing successful evidence-based crime policies worldwide. He developed a breakthrough in criminology by focusing on the importance of geographic micro-places (“hot spots”) for understanding and prevention of crime. He has shown that crime concentrates in consistent ways within cities as a result of specific social and micro-level factors. 

Ruth HaCohen – Humanities (Musicology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Ruth Cohen’s study of sound history –specifically the definition of Jewish music as ‘noise’ by Christians in early modern Europe – has irreversibly changed the ways and the scope in which we think about and react to music. She has expanded the discipline of musicology in relation to cognitive processes, politics, philosophy, and a wide-ranging, humanistic cultural aesthetics.

Jeremy Cohen – Jewish Studies (Jewish History, Tel Aviv University)

Jeremy Cohen’s wide-ranging and innovative research has uncovered a shared, complex cultural language of Jews and Christians in pre-modern Europe. His work has shown that Jewish-Christian relations must be seen against the background of medieval religion, society, and culture generally and has thus led to a richer, more integrated understanding of the pre-modern era and, specifically, to a deeper understanding of key phases in the experience of the Jews in Europe.

A conference honouring the recipients will be held in Autumn 2022.

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