Minerva Fellowships

    The Minerva Fellowship Program enables German and Israeli scientists and researchers to spend longer-term research residencies at institutions in the host country from six to thirty-six months (for graduates) or from six to twenty-four months (for post docs). To date, more than 1,500 German and Israeli scientists and researchers have been awarded a Minerva Fellowship. Some fifty scientists receive fellowships each year. Young scientists and researchers (post docs) are given priority in the selection process. Scientists with tenure are not eligible to apply.


    Graduate fellowship: eligible candidates must have completed a university degree ("Diplom", M.A., M.Sc., or equivalent qualification). B.A. and B.Sc. students are only eligible to apply if accepted to a direct Ph.D. track.
    Post-doctoral fellowship: we accept applications from candidates who provide proof that they have submitted their doctoral thesis prior to the start of the fellowship year, or who have completed their doctorate no more than seven years prior to the beginning of the fellowship. Maternal leave will be taken into account.
    Applicants who are presently residing in Israel/Germany but are not nationals of either of the two countries must show a proven record of integration into the Israeli or German scientific community. An affiliation to a research institution in Israel or Germany is required together with a residency of 5 years or longer in either of the two countries. Conversely, if applicants are citizens of one country but have been living in the other for an extended period of time (more than 4 years) a scholarship in the second country cannot be granted since it would not truly support German-Israeli exchange.
    Reapplication is possible and requires that
    • the candidate has not received notification that such a reapplication is not permissible;
    • minimum 12 months lie between the first and second application;
    • scientific progress and achievements during this interval are duly reflected in the reapplication


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    1. Graduates: 1,128 euros
    2. Post-docs with up to five years´ professional experience: 2,100 euros
    3. Post-docs with more than five years´ professional experience: 2,300 euros

    Dependency allowance (postdocs only): 205/mth. ( 153/mth. for graduates) for an accompanying spouse (if spouse has income less than 205/mth.)
    Children's allowance: up to 51/mth. per child (if children accompany family to Israel for minimum six months).
    Payment in kind: 102/mth. (for books, travels to symposia etc.)

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