Thursday, April 28, 2011

Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at European University Institute


The Max Weber Programme is Europe’s largest postdoctoral programme in the social sciences and humanities. It is funded by the European Commission (DG Education and Culture) and hosted by the European University Institute in Florence where the research community of professors, researchers and fellows provides an excellent environment for the Programme.

The Programme, open to all nationalities, is designed for junior post-docs who have received a doctorate in economics, law, history, social and political sciences, or a related field, within the last 5 years and who want to advance in their research and academic training, in an active multidisciplinary environment before entering the international job market, or in the early stages of their academic careers.

Fellows are selected on the basis of their research accomplishments and potential, their academic career interests, and the availability of the EUI faculty to provide mentorship.

Fellows are supported and encouraged to pursue their research agendas and participate in the research activities of the EUI, and in particular, the research activities of the Max Weber Programme and of the EUI Departments with which they are affiliated.

Why Choose EUI

- The EUI offers one of the world's largest doctoral and postdoctoral programmes in the social sciences
- It hosts an international community of over 1,000 scholars from more than 60 countries
- It is proud of its high completion rate: 90% of researchers complete their doctorate in four years
- It offers excellent career prospects for its researchers: 65% in academia, 15% in international organizations, 20% in the private sector and NGOs
- At the EUI researchers have time to focus fully on research, with grants of up to four years from EU Members States and other states
- It offers joint exchange programmes with major North American and European universities


The basic stipend is € 2,000 per month.

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 per month) depending on the amount of the additional income. The Fellowships are awarded for 12 or 24 months. Candidates should indicate the preferred period in their application.

If applicable, family allowances will be added to the basic stipend (see below).

Family Allowance

A household allowance of € 300 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 not over € 2,000 per month.

There is a dependants allowance of € 200 per month for each dependent child living with the Fellow in Florence.

Fellows are entitled to these allowances if they are not receiving any similar allowance from another source, and on presentation of relevant certificates (mariage certificate or equivalent, birh certificates).

A school or university certificate is required for dependent children in full-time education and over the age of 18.

The next deadline is 25 October 2011 for the academic year 2012-2013.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria guide the selection of Max Weber Fellows:

- Research accomplishments and potential. Research excellence is assessed on the basis of the candidate’s contributions (publications, PhD thesis, etc.) and other supporting evidence (i.e., letters of reference and research plan).
- Academic career interests are assessed on the basis of the CV, the ‘Research and a academic career statement’ and other supporting evidence (i.e. letters of reference), with the aim of assigning Max Weber Fellowships to those candidates, satisfying the research excellence criteria and committed to an academic career, who can benefit the most from the Max Weber Programme, oriented towards the early stages of the post-doc academic career.
- In addition the above two criteria, the capacity and availability of EUI faculty to provide mentorship is taken into account; however, while having common research interests may be helpful, it is not a necessity for mentorship.


If you cannot submit your application on-line, contact us well before the deadline at:

Academic Service
European University Institute
via dei Roccettini 9
I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole

Tel. +39 055 4685 377
Fax +39 055 4685 444

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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