Minerva-Gentner Symposia

    The Minerva-Gentner Symposia (\) are named after the physicist and former director of the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Wolfgang Gentner.
    Gentner Symposia are held annually in Germany or Israel. They may be conducted in all areas of research. The aim of Gentner Symposia is to initiate new collaborative efforts in fields that are not yet in the focus of German-Israeli cooperations.
    The Gentner Symposia shall bring together Israeli scientists with colleagues from Germany and from other countries. They shall enable the scientific discourse, exchange of ideas, and new interactions in a given field of research. Not yet established but promising young scientists (PhD students, post docs) shall have the opportunity to get in contact with senior scientists during these symposia. Roughly 50% of the participants should belong to the group of not yet established scientists.


    Application requirements
    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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    Gentner Symposia are funded with up to EUR 30,000. The expenses for travel, accommodation, boarding and participation for Israeli and German participants must be covered from the budget provided by Minerva. Senior scientists (lecturers) may also receive financial support, however no honoraria.

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