Applying for a Minerva Fellowship
Access to the application platform, please click here.
Please read carefully the instructions below.
15 January (Earliest possible start of fellowship in case of an approval: 1 June of the same year, latest possible start: 31 October of the same year)
15 June (Earliest possible start of fellowship in case of an approval: 1 December of the same year, latest possible start: 30 April of the next year)
The final decisions will be taken in April (regarding the January deadline) resp. in October (regarding the June deadline).
Minerva Fellowships are granted to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. The minimum funding period amounts to six months in both cases. Doctoral scholarships are initially granted for a maximum of twenty-four months. Exceptionally and under special circumstances, there is the possibility of extending them up to 12 months. Post-doctoral fellowships are also granted for a maximum of twenty-four months. Extensions of post-doctoral scholarships are, however, principally not possible.
Doctoral 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 (e.g. by an informal letter from their supervisor) which should be added to the certificates, that they will have submitted their doctoral thesis by March 1 (for applications submitted for the January deadline) respectively by September 1 (for applications submitted for the June deadline), or who have completed their doctorate no more than seven years prior to the beginning of the fellowship. Parental 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.
Please use our online application form and read carefully the following explanatory notes. In case of submission of incorrect documents, we are not able to accept your application.
Should you have any queries, please contact:
We shall ask you for additional documents (if not stated otherwise, we would need all documents in English language), as one single pdf:
In order to complete your application, we would also need external letters (see list below). We shall ask you for the email addresses of the respective authors. They will be automatically invited to provide their letters to Minerva by our application platform. Please note that the referees will have no access to your application documents via our database. As soon as the letters are submitted, you and the respective author will receive a confirmation of the filing. Please inform the authors of your external letters accordingly and forward to them the respective documents (like your research proposal, your CV etc.). Letters directly sent to Minerva (via email) cannot be accepted. The deadlines for delivery of external letters are January 25 and June 25.
Minerva will confirm receipt of your application and inform you about the further course of action.