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Minerva Fellowship Program

Fellowships to Israel and Germany Doctoral Students
and Postdocs to Support Short and Long-Term Residencies

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Fellowships providing a stipend of up to €2,300 per month to Germany and Israel scholars and scientists to carry out short-term and long-term residencies. This exchange program gives preference to younger scientists and researchers, including doctoral candidates and postdocs.

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GrantWatch ID#: 176875

Estimated Size of Grant:

Israeli Fellows in Germany:

-Scientists working on their Ph.D. thesis: €1,177/month
-Scientist(Ph.D.) with up to 5 years' working experience: €2,100/month
-Scientist (Ph.D.) with more than 5 years' working experience: €2,300/month

Dependency allowance: up to €400/month for an accompanying spouse (if spouse has income less than €451)

Children's allowance: up to €100/month per child (if children accompany family to Germany for minimum six months)

Payment in kind: up to €123/month (for books, travel to symposia etc.)

German Fellows in Israel:

-Graduate: €1,298/month

-Up to 30 years: €1,365/month
-31 to 34 years: €1,416/month
-35 to 38 years: €1,467/month
-39 years and over: €1,519/month

Country allowance (postdocs only):
-Single: €1,042/month
-Married, spouse does not live in Israel: €1,266/month
-Married, spouse lives in Israel: €1,489: month

Dependency allowance (postdocs only): €205/month (€300/month for graduates) for an accompanying spouse (if spouse has income less than €451/month)

Children's allowance: up to €51/month per child (if children accompany family to Israel for minimum six months).

Payment in kind: €102/month (for books, travels to symposia etc.)

Term of Contract:

The earliest possible start of fellowship in case of an approval is 1 May of the same year; the latest possible start is 31 October of the same year.

The minimum funding period amounts to six months. Doctoral scholarships are initially granted for a maximum of twenty-four months. There is the possibility of extending them for a third year. Post-doctoral fellowships are also granted for a maximum of twenty-four months. Extensions of post-doctoral scholarships are, however, principally not possible.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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: applications are accepted 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. 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Annual deadlines:

- 15 January (Earliest possible start of fellowship in case of an approval: 1 May 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 November of the same year, latest possible start: 30 April of the next year)

Please note: The online application platform will be re-opened in mid-December.

Letters directly sent to Minerva (via email) cannot be accepted. The deadlines for delivery of external letters are January 25 and June 25.

The final decisions will be taken by the beginning of April (regarding the January deadline) resp. by the beginning of October (regarding the June deadline).

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal (to open in mid-December):

Should you have any queries, please contact:

Ms. Sieglinde Reichhardt
Tel: +49-(0)89-2108-1420; +49-(0)89-2108-1258

Minerva Foundation
Gesellschaft für die Forschung mbH
Hofgartenstraße 8
80539 München
Deutschland/Federal Republic of Germany
Fax: +49-(0)89-2108-1451

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.