The Lady Davis Fellowship Trust was established 40 years ago in 1973 to provide an opportunity for leading scientists and scholars, Post-doctoral Researchers and Doctoral Students from abroad, regardless of nationality, gender or field of scholarship to teach, study and participate in research in Israel at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa.
To date, 852 Visiting Professors, 1,173 Postdoctoral and Doctoral students and 176 Israelis studying abroad have served as Lady Davis Fellows. The international impact and, hence, recognition has been impresssive, making it one of the most distinguished and sought after fellowship programs in the world. In addition, over these 40 years the Lady Davis Fellowship Trust has greatly enriched the Hebrew University and the Technion by constantly introducing exceptional talent into their academic environment and by linking these two institutions, through human bridges, with the world network of science and scholarship.
The Fellowship program was named after Lady Davis, who provided the endowment for the Trust. Lady Davis was a distinguished philanthropist and benefactor of educational institutions, who died in Montreal, Canada in 1963.
The Bloomfield Family conceived and nurtured the program. Bernard Bloomfield was not just an executor of the will of Lady Davis. He, with his brother Louis, worked tirelessly to solidify and expand the Trust, and by skillful administration and faithful loyalty to its mission, made it into one of the most important and most effective channels of support for Israel and for its educational, academic, and cultural institutions. Upon his death, Bernard Bloomfield was succeeded as Chairman of the Lady Davis Trust by his wife Mrs. Neri Bloomfield who has played a significant leadership role in Canadian philanthropy and community service. Their children, Evelyn and Harry, are continuing the family tradition of support for, and an abiding interest in the Trust.