The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research is offering Minerva Fellowship Program for 2019. These fellowships are available for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to spend longer-term research residencies at institutions in the host country.
The Minerva Fellowship Program enables German and Israeli scientists and researchers to spend longer-term research residencies at institutions in the host country from six to thirty-six months (for graduates) or from six to twenty-four months (for postdocs).
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The Federal Ministry of Education and Research abbreviated BMBF, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is headquartered in Bonn, with an office in Berlin. The Ministry provides funding for research projects and institutions, regulates nuclear energy, and sets general educational policy. It also provides student loans in Germany.
- Applications close: January 15, 2019
- Course Level: Fellowships are granted to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to spend longer-term research residencies at institutions in the host country.
- Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded in all disciplines.
- Scholarship Award:
Israeli Fellows in Germany:
- Scientists working on their Ph.D. thesis: € 1,128
- Scientist(Ph.D.) with up to 5 years’ working experience: € 2,100
- Scientist (Ph.D.) with more than 5 years’ working experience: € 2,300
- Dependency allowance: up to € 256/mth. for an accompanying spouse (if spouse has income less than € 409)
- Children’s allowance: up to € 51/mth. per child (if children accompany family to Germany for minimum six months)
- Payment in kind: up to € 123/mth. (for books, travel to symposia etc.)
German Fellows in Israel:
- Graduate: € 1,278
- Postdocs: up to 30 years-€ 1,365, 31 to 34 years-€ 1,416, 35 to 38 years-€ 1,467, 9 years and over-€ 1,519.
- Country allowance (postdocs only): Single-€ 1042, Married, spouse does not live in Israel-€ 1266, Married, spouse lives in Israel-€ 1489.
- Dependency allowance (postdocs only): € 205/mth. (€ 153/mth. for graduates) for an accompanying spouse (if spouse has income less than € 205/mth.)
- Children’s allowance: up to € 51/mth. per child (if children accompany family to Israel for minimum six months).
- Payment in kind: € 102/mth. (for books, travels to symposia etc.)
- Scholarship can be taken in Israel (German) and Germany (Israeli)
Eligibility for the Scholarship:
- 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: they accept applications from candidates who provide proof that they have submitted their doctoral thesis prior to the start of the fellowship year, 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.
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
Israeli and German Scientists can apply for the Minerva Fellowship Program.
Duration of the fellowship:
- Doctoral fellowships are granted for a maximum of 24 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 24 months. Extensions of post-doctoral scholarships are, however, principally not possible.
The minimum funding period amounts to six months in both cases.
How to Apply:
The following documents should be submitted in English and only by e-mail (separate pdf-files):
- Curriculum Vitae
- University Transcripts (Academic Record)
- Publication List
- Research Proposal
- Short summary of the proposal
- Overview of the activities of the host institute/chair/group
- Two confidential letters of recommendation
- At least one confidential reference letter
- The reference letters should be addressed to the Minerva Foundation and sent directly to the Minerva Office, attn. Ms. Sieglinde Reichardt by e-mail. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the reference letters are sent. Reviewers will not be contacted by the Minerva Office.