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Gap Year Scientific Training

If you are high school seniors who major in science and you want to continue your studies while making a real difference in your community and Israeli society as a whole – join us for a program that may very well change your life.

The Davidson Institute of Science Education is proud to offer outstanding high school seniors, who major in science or attend special programs that focus on the sciences, the opportunity to defer their enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces by one year and join a unique, life-changing program that aims to foster the future generation of scientific leaders in Israel. 

Graduates of this one-year program go on to contribute greatly to Israeli society, both during their meaningful military service and later in civilian life.

The Gap Year Scientific Training Program underscores the importance of social involvement and community outreach based on the principles of science, such as critical thinking, asking questions, keeping an open mind, creativity, perseverance, and striving for excellence.


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High school seniors who major in science and/or graduates of Davidson Institute programs, who feel passionate about science and see their future in this field


The screening process will take place between December 2018 and March 2019. This is a one-year program that will begin in September 2019


The program is held in the Negev town of Ofakim and includes local accommodations for students


To be determined


To apply, simply fill out the registration form at the bottom of this page. Suitable applicants will be called in for a personal interview and will be asked to attend a three-day workshop in Ofakim. Replies will be sent to applicants during February and March.  

More about the program

The one-year gap year scientific training program seeks to:

  • Expand participants' knowledge of science and develop their scientific skills. Students meet with researchers and go on scientific tours, all with the support and guidance of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
  • Prepare participants for their military service. Students become familiar with the nature and requirements of various IDF units, work on combat fitness, conducting tours, and develop their and leadership skills.
  • Develop participants' own learning and teaching skills, as well as teamwork and initiative skills.
  • Impart on participants the values of social studies and humanities: Students take classes in democracy, Zionism, and Jewish philosophy – all as part of their training as the future generation of scientific leaders in Israel.
  • Give back to the community by making science education accessible in Israel's periphery; empowering participants, and fostering scientific activities in schools and in the community.  

Sounds right for you? Send your application today, the number of slots in the program is limited.


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Please note: Opening the program in September is pending on receiving the proper authorization from the Ministry of Defense


Team Members

Program Director: Eli Amedi

Program staff: Amir Ayelin


For more information: +972-8-9378300

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