Minerva Fellowship - Eligibility

Minerva Fellowships are granted to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers from Germany and Israel from all fields of research.

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.

Application requirements:

  • Doctoral fellowships: Eligible candidates must have completed a university degree ("Diploma", 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 fellowships: We accept applications from candidates
    - who have completed their doctorate no more than seven years prior to the beginning of the fellowship
    or (in case the PhD is not completed yet)
    - 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)

Parental leave will be taken into account.

Scientists with tenure are not eligible to apply.

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