Max Planck Institute Scholarships for International Researchers, Germany

Publish Date: Apr 27, 2016

Deadline: Aug 15, 2016

Max Planck Institute Scholarships for International Researchers

Affording international scholars an opportunity to work on their research projects here at the Institute is deemed of particular importance. To this end, a limited number of short-term scholarships (up to a maximum period of four months) are awarded each year. Additionally, the scholarship programme serves to promote personal and institutional contacts with scholars working in the fields of comparative and international private law and thereby continually expand the Institute’s global network.

The research project in question must correspond to the academic interests of the Institute, as only then can it be ensured that scholarship recipients will be able to engage in meaningful academic exchange with other researchers and find relevant literature in our library.

Applicants applying for the current round of scholarship awards are advised that topics presently being researched at the Institute include, in particular, the following:

- Comparative Legal Methodology
- Harmonized Private Law
- European Contract Law, especially Sale of Goods Law
- Partnership Law
- Close Corporations
- Company Valuation Law
- Comparative Succession Law (Europe and other continents)
- International Succession Law (especially the European Succession Regulation)
- Family and Succession Law in Islamic Countries
- Procedural Law in Islamic Countries
- Comparative Law and PIL in Islamic Countries
- Chinese Product Liability Law
- Chinese Succession Law
- Chinese Civil Procedure
- Korean Family Law
- Japanese Company Law
- Japanese Capital Market Law
- Comparative Examination of Property Law, History of Private Law and Family Law (with reference to the law of South-East European Countries)

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law offers a limited number of short-term scholarships (up to a maximum period of four months) for foreign legal researchers. The scholarships are funded by the Max Planck Society.

Scholarships are available for:

- Foreign doctoral candidates,
- Foreign post-doctoral candidates and other advanced-stage researchers,
- Foreign professors or other senior researchers of equivalent academic achievement.

Previous scholarship recipients are not excluded from applying for a subsequent grant, even as regards the same research project (e.g. a doctoral thesis). In such cases applicants should describe in their research proposal the progress made on their project since the first scholarship grant.

In order to give the greatest number of researchers the chance to work at the Institute, grants are not as a general rule extended to applicants who have already received two scholarship awards.

Applicants need not be proficient in German. However, if you envision that your intended research will include an inquiry into German law, your research proposal should indicate how you will – as necessary – obtain the desired information from foreign-language sources.

To ensure smooth and effective communication with Institute staff members and other guests, applicants should at a minimum have a strong command of either German or English.

Please take careful note of our application process guidelines. Applications which are incomplete or deviate from the guidelines will not be considered.

How to Apply

Please use our online portal to apply for a scholarship.

The following documents should be prepared and at hand for your online application. We recommend that you print and tick off items on the checklist that we have created.

Step 1: Preparation of your Application Documents

A. Statement of Purpose (maximum of one page)

Please state why you are applying for a research scholarship at the Institute. What goals and expectations are connected to a research stay at the Institute? Where do you see the links between your research topic and our current or previous academic work? Who could serve as possible dialogue partners at the Institute? (It is not required that you have already established contact with such individuals.) Would it be possible to proceed with your research project at another research institute? Please sign your statement of purpose.

B. Curriculum Vitae

Please submit an up-to-date CV that describes in particular your professional training, your past academic activities and employment, and your current job situation.

C. Research Proposal (maximum of two pages)
Please present the research project that you would like to work on in connection with the scholarship. You are asked not to submit your proposal in simple outline form. Be advised that the research proposal is the most important part of your application. It should not only generally describe your topic of research but also identify the central problems and challenges associated with the project. Additionally, the proposal should be formulated so as to be understandable for legal researchers having other areas of specialisation. You are not required to submit a timetable and work plan.

D. Updated List of Publications

E. Letters of Recommendation

Doctoral and post-doctoral candidates (up to five years after receipt of their doctoral award) are required to submit two letters of recommendation. It is strongly recommended that submitted letters of recommendation be printed on official letterhead and bear the signature of the author. If your referee chooses to send the letter of recommendation directly to the Institute, please ensure that this occurs within the relevant application period. For applicants other than those specified above, the submission of letters of recommendation is optional.

F. Scholarship Period

Please indicate in your online application the desired time frame for your scholarship stay. The number of months requested does not have any impact on your chances of approval. It is possible, however, that you will be offered a scholarship for a period shorter than applied for. The minimum scholarship period is one month.

Step 2: Transmission of Documents via the Online Portal

Once you are in possession of the above-described documents, you should register on our online portal. Registration requires only your first and last name, an email address and a password.

Upon successful registration, you will receive a confirmation email. Please be advised that this process may take some time to complete.

To make application, please complete the following steps:

- Sign in on the online portal. You will need your email address and your password.
- Application takes place entirely online. Please be sure to have assembled all the necessary documents prior to commencing your online application – it is advised that you use the checklist we have provided (checklist as PDF document).
- When you have all the documents at hand, carefully fill out the online application form and upload your documents.
- It is permissible to send letters of recommendation by mail. They should be forwarded to the following address:

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law
Scholarship Administration
Mittelweg 187
20148 Hamburg

Please be advised that letters of recommendation received after expiration of the application deadline will not be considered.

The application process is completed once you have filled out the online application form and uploaded your documents.

You will receive a confirmation email shortly after successful transmission of the application and your documents. A decision as to applications will be made approximately 8-10 weeks after the conclusion of the application period.


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