Minerva Fellowship - Application


Next application deadline: January 2020

(Date to be announced on our website in December 2019)


Application procedure and documents:

Please use our online application platform (“Lotus”) and apply here.

The following documents are required for application:

  • CV including publications

  • Certificates:
    You can submit your university certificates in English or German (B.A./B.Sc., M.A./M.Sc., and Ph.D.). We would need your Transcripts of records and the degrees with its final grades.

  • Research proposal including short summary and abstract of the research project:
    Your research proposal should not exceed five pages (references are not included in these five pages). The summary of the proposal should include 5-10 keywords, the abstract (up to 200 words) should by all means be written in laymen's terms (for committee members who are not familiar with your field of research), and should contain a generally comprehensible description of the project, also indicating its scientific aims.

  • External letters:
    In order to complete your application, we would also need external letters. While filling out the application form we shall ask you for the email addresses of the respective authors. They will be automatically invited to provide their letters by our application platform. Please note that the referees will have no access to your application documents via our database. Please inform the authors of your external letters about your application and forward to them the respective documents (your research proposal, your CV etc.). As soon as the letters are submitted, you and the respective author will receive a confirmation of the filing. Letters directly sent to Minerva (via email) cannot be accepted. The deadline for delivery of external letters is around 10 days after the application deadline.

    - Letter of Invitation from your host (institution):
    The letter from your host should contain a statement indicating the feasibility of your research at his/her institute, your integration into the host group and comments on your project. Additionally, we require an overview of the activities of the host institute/chair/group including its ten best research publications of the past five years. This information should be no longer than a page.

    - Two letters of recommendation:
    The letters must be provided by scientists who know you personally. A letter from the PhD-supervisor is for doctoral students compulsory, for post-docs desirable. Your future host can also write such a letter provided he or she knows you personally.

    - Evaluation letter:
    This review should, if possible, come from a scientist who is neither German nor Israeli and has to comment solely on your project and not on you. The person providing the evaluation must be an unbiased and independent scientist (this means, i. a., not being affiliated to your home or your host's university, no former or ongoing collaboration with you).

If not stated otherwise, we would need all documents in English and as one single PDF-document!

In case of submission of incorrect documents, we are not able to accept your application.


Selection procedure:

An additional major part of the evaluation process is an interview (personal, via skype or phone) with one of our Minerva Fellowship Committee Members or Minerva reviewers. Applicants will be informed via e-mail by the Minerva team around 4 weeks after the application deadline to arrange an appointment with one of our interviewers.

The decisions on the proposals for Minerva Fellowships are taken by the Minerva Fellowship Committee, consisting of researchers from Israel and Germany of all research fields.

The results are communicated in April/May (regarding the January deadline) resp. in October/November (regarding the June deadline).



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.


Application for extension:

(PhD-fellows only)

The following documents must be submitted for an extension of the fellowship:

  • Cover letter from the candidate stating why an extension of the fellowship is absolutely necessary for the success of the project
  • Updated proposal with results achieved so far
  • Abstract of the updated proposal (up to 200 words), additionally 5-10 keywords
  • Updated CV
  • Letter of recommendation from the host justifying the extension


Should you have any queries, please contact:

Minerva Stiftung

Gesellschaft für die Forschung mbH
Hofgartenstraße 8
80 539 München

Tel: 0049-(0)89-2108-1242
e-mail: minerva-team@gv.mpg.de
Internet: http://www.minerva.mpg.de/

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