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Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme
European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Scholarship / Financial aid: fellowships available

Date: academic year 2016/2017

Deadline: 25 October 2015 (24h00 – CET)

Open to: applicants in the fields of political and social sciences, economics, law and history

Announcement follows

Why Apply to the Max Weber Programme?

It is not difficult to explain why the Max Weber Post Doctoral Programme at the EUI is widely considered as the leader of its kind in Europe.

It is one of the most selective – attracting around 1400 applicants in the fields of political and social sciences, economics, law and history for around 55 available positions.

Its placement record is second to none: Practically all Max Weber Fellows secure academic positions in the finest institutions around the world upon completion of the programme.

Part of the explanation for these truly extraordinary indicators is its institutional environment: Situated at the European University Institute, Max Weber Fellows enjoy superb research facilities (including an outstanding library, a shared office space, a personal research fund of 1000 euros) and are part of an Institution dedicated entirely to post-graduate research: The EUI’s education mission is focused solely on doctoral and post doctoral studies.

But in addition there are specific features of the Max Weber programme which help define its unique identity and explain its popularity and success.

Unlike many post-doctoral programmes which consist of little more than a stipend and a place to work, the Max Weber is actually a programme with a decided philosophy of post doctoral studies. Prominent aspects of this philosophy are the following:

+A belief that intellectual community, interlocutorship and scholarly synergetic exchanges are fundamental to the early phase of one’s academic career and significantly enhance the quality of the individual research undertaken during the postdoctoral fellowship.
+A belief that a successful academic career (and success in the so called academic ‘market place’) do not only depend on high quality research and publications but also on learning and understanding the world of ‘academic practice’: Teaching, examining, writing and speaking well, competitive bidding for research funds and the like.

Who Can Apply, for How Long and How?

The Programme is open to applicants who are within 5 years of the completion of their PhD from anywhere in the world, regardless of nationality, and is not restricted to citizens of the EU. The language of the programme is English and applicants must fulfil the English language requirements as outlined in the section on Eligibility.

The vast majority of Max Weber Fellowships are for one year. Most applicants in the field of Economics are selected for a 2 year fellowship, which involves additional activities, such as limited teaching in the department, in the second year. Applicants in other disciplines may apply for a limited number of second year Fellowships during the course of their first year. In exceptional cases, three year Fellowships may be offered. Candidates are asked to indicate the desired length of their Fellowship (1, 2 or 3 years) when applying. However, the decision to extend a Fellowship to 2 or 3 years will be made by the Department and the MW Steering Committee on the basis of their evaluation of the candidates and departmental needs.


+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 programme (1 September). Therefore, to apply for 2015/2016 you should have received or submitted your Ph.D between 1/9/2010 and 1/9/2015 and the Ph.D defense should take place no later than 31/12/2015.

+Extensions to the five-year rule are allowed for applicants whose academic career has been interrupted for maternity leave, illness or mandatory military service. Cite circumstances in the application 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 EUI 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.

+The expected level of English proficiency is level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Successful candidates will be requested to provide a relevant English certificate. Native English speakers and candidates who have written their doctorate in English are exempt. The following international certificates of English proficiency are recognised by the EUI:

IELTS - From 7.5

TOEFL (IBT) - From 110

Cambridge Proficiency - A/B/C

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - A/B

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