Founded in cooperation with the Israel Institute in Washington, DC, in 2018, The Herzl Center for Israel Studies (HCIS) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching institution dedicated to the enhancement of knowledge and awareness about the modern State of Israel. The Center is the first academic institution in the Czech Republic fully dedicated to the study of Israeli society, politics, and history. To contribute to the expanding field of Israel Studies, the HCIS especially focuses on the study of historical and contemporary links between Central Europe and Israel.
In furtherance of this mission, the Center:
Organizes courses, lectures, and seminars at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, on the topic of the modern State of Israel, its links with Central Europe, and its place in the Middle East;
Focuses on interdisciplinary research in Israel studies, with a special focus on relations between Central Europe and Israel;
Offers doctoral fellowships and promotes international and interdisciplinary research opportunities for PhD students in the field of Israel studies;
Supports study and research opportunities for MA students in the field of Israel studies;
Encourages closer academic cooperation between Czech universities and Israeli, European, and United States institutions of higher education; and
Holds public events, conferences, and workshops related to the study of Israel.