Max Weber Fellowship Program for Postdoctoral Studies

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Max Weber Fellowship Program for Postdoctoral Studies

European University Institute (EUI) is pleased to announce Max Weber Fellowship Program for Postdoctoral Studies. The program is open to international students who have received a doctorate in economics, law, history, social and political sciences, or a related field, within the past 5 years.

MWP at EUI is the largest and most innovative postdoctoral program in the historical and social sciences in Europe. The aim of the MWP is to provide the Fellows with the experience of membership of a vibrant academic community, to which they make a central contribution.

The MWP is open to eligible applicants from anywhere in the world regardless of nationality and including non-EU citizens. The Programme awards 1, 2, and exceptionally 3 year long fellowships according to departments. The Fellowship provides a grant of 2000 EUR per month plus – when appropriate – a family allowance.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates must have received their Ph.D. within the past 5 years or have official approval to defend their thesis by the time of the start of the program (1 September).
  • EUI graduates can only apply for a Max Weber Fellowships after having been away from the EU and in a full-time occupation or another fellowship for at least a year after defending their Ph.D.
  • Candidates of any nationality are eligible for the Max Weber Fellowships.
  • Therefore, to apply for 2019-20 they should have received or submitted their Ph.D. between 1/9/2014 and 1/9/2019 and the Ph.D. defense should take place no later than 31/12/2019.
  • Preference is given to applicants who have only just completed their doctorate and have not had a post-doctoral fellowship before.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link:


  • Extensions to the five-year rule are allowed for applicants whose academic career has been interrupted for maternity or paternity leave, illness or mandatory military service.
  • Cite circumstances in the application form in the field ‘Additional Notes’. Successful candidates will be asked to provide supporting documents.
  • EUI graduates can only apply for a Max Weber Fellowships after having been away from the EU and in a full-time occupation or another fellowship for at least a year after defending their PhD
  • The expected level of English proficiency is level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). English certificate is not requested as part of the application, but successful candidates will be requested to provide a certificate/supporting document on registration.
  • This can be one of the international certificates listed below, or a supporting documentation showing that the candidate has written the doctorate, or published an article or a book chapter of at least 6000 words in English, or has studied and hold a qualification from a University where the language of instruction and assessment was English. Native English speakers are exempt from proof.

Required Documents:

  • Prepare your CV with a list of publications in PDF.
  • Prepare an ‘Academic career statement’ (2 pages) as a PDF. The purpose of this statement is for you to indicate why you think the MW Program, particularly the Academic Practice Activities, will benefit you. It should indicate your research and teaching interests and experience, and career plans.
  • Prepare a ‘Research proposal’ (2 pages) as a PDF. The proposal must be clear and well structured, with well-defined and realistic goals that can be achieved within the duration of the fellowship. If you are applying for a 24-month Fellowship, you should indicate on the research proposal what you aim to achieve 1) in the first 12 months and 2) what you hope to do in months 13-24. You may additionally indicate if you think your research will fit with one of the following six “Thematic Groups” that we anticipate for 2019-20:
    • Citizenship and Migration
    • Europe in the World
    • Experimental Methods in Social Sciences
    • Ideas, Concepts, and Theory
    • Governance, Constitutionalism, and Democracy
    • Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa: Assessing the Fiscal and Monetary Framework of the EU
  • The application form will also ask you to indicate whether you would be interested in any of the thematic research groups or not.
  • Letters of Reference:
  • Applicants should provide the names of a minimum of two and a maximum of three academic referees and ensure that at least two letters of reference are submitted online directly by the referees by the deadline 18 October. References will not be accepted after the deadline.
  • References from current full-time or part-time EUI professors will not be accepted.
  • Your referees will be contacted and will be allowed to submit the reference only after you have completed and registered the first step of the online application form including the names and contact details of referees. In order to receive the references in time by the deadline, you should register the referee details as soon as possible.
  • This is possible any time and you do not yet need to submit the final version of your application at that time.



  • The basic grant is 2,000 EUR per month.
  • Fellows in the Departments of Economics (ECO) and Political and Social Sciences (SPS) who stay on for the second year will have the possibility of applying for a Part-time professor contract (level PR9/1) for 12 months involving some teaching duties and mentoring Ph.D. researchers.
  • This appointment and the work involved would need to be agreed with the Department and the Director of the Max Weber Program and approved by the EU Executive Committee.
  • The gross remuneration would be approximately 1000 EUR per month, which would be approximately 820 EUR after deductions. This would be in addition to the basic grant of 2000 EUR per month and would involve no deduction from the grant.
  • Successful applicants who receive other grants or salaries must disclose this to the EUI. The amount of the Fellowship will be fixed at a lower rate (minimum 1,250 EUR per month) depending on the amount of the additional income (upon production of relevant supporting documents).

Family Allowance

  • A household allowance of up to 300 EUR per month is paid to Fellows with a partner if the partner lives with them in Florence and on condition that the partner’s income is less than 2,000 EUR per month.
  • The sum of income and allowance cannot exceed 2,000 EUR per month (i.e. if the income is more than 1,700 EUR, the allowance will be paid only to top up to 2,000 EUR).
  • There is a dependant’s allowance of 200 EUR per month for each dependent child.

Research Expenses

  • All Fellows receive 1000 EUR a year for eligible research expenses, such as attendance at conferences. An additional 500 EUR can be awarded at the discretion of the Director for Fellows on the job market.
  • Economics fellows on the job market in the second or third year receive 2000 EUR.

Travel Expenses

  • The maximum amount for travel reimbursement is 1,200 EUR including both incoming and outgoing trip.

Application Deadline:

The annual deadline for applications for the Max Weber Fellowships is October 18, 2018.

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