The Minerva Stiftung

The Minerva Stiftung is the flagship of German-Israeli scientific cooperation. It is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and works closely with leading universities and research facilities in Israel.

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Minerva Centers Programme

Minerva Centers are scientific pioneer institutions in Israel with topics that are innovative and of special interest to the scientific community in Israel and Germany. The research at the Centers is carried out in cooperation with German partners and are funded by the Minerva Stiftung. Minerva Centers are located at the six Israeli universities and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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The Minerva Fellowship Programme

Since 1973 the Minerva Fellowship Programme enables Israeli and German scientists to complete a research residency at institutions in the respective other country. Graduates and post docs get the possibility to further their scientific background while conducting a research project at their host institution in Israel or Germany. They promote research and strengthen the cultural and scientific exchange between Germany and Israel. To date, more than 1700 Minerva Fellowships have been awarded to German and Israeli researchers.

The Minerva Weizmann Programme

The Minerva Weizmann Programme was the first scientific Programme between Germany and Israel. For its implementation, the Minerva Stiftung was founded to maintain and cultivate the scientific exchange between the two countries. Since 1964 the agreement has been renewed every year and secured funding for roughly 2,000 projects in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and the biosciences. Today approximately eighty projects are supported with a total of € 3,580,000 annually.

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Next application deadline: 13 January 2022

Joint German-Israeli Max Planck Forum on 11 November 2021

Application is now open to scientists in Israel and Germany from all fields of research

Minerva Inside

Due to the spread of covid-19 the Minerva Stiftung carries on its business as usual but the proceeding status of requests might be delayed. Support and flexible solutions can be offered within various parts of our programmes.

Learn more about all recent Minerva Centers located at six Israeli Universities and the Weizmann Institute of Science. They deal with topics that are innovative and of special interest to the scientific community in Israel and Germany.

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