Max Weber Programme Fellowship at the European University Institute
The Max Weber Programme (MWP) at the European University Institute (EUI) is the largest and most innovative postdoctoral programme in the historical and social sciences in Europe.The MWP is open to eligible applicants who are within 5 years from the completion of their PhD, from anywhere in the world, regardless of nationality and including non-EU citizens.
The MWP is a global programme at a global institution located in Italy. Like the Fellows, Professors and Researchers at the European University Institute come from across Europe - from Portugal to Russia, and beyond it - from Asia and the Antipodes to North and Latin America, contributing their different academic traditions to the distinctive mix of the Institute. The language of the programme is English.
The Programme is among the most selective – attracting circa 1200 applicants each year - in the fields of political and social sciences, economics, law and history for some 55-60 Fellowships. The Programme awards 1, 2, and exceptionally 3 year long fellowships according to departments. The Fellowship provides a grant of 2000 euro per month plus - when appropriate - a family allowance. The Max Weber Fellows enjoy the superb research facilities of the European University Institute (including an outstanding library, a shared office space, and a personal research fund of 1000 euros).
The MWP is unique among postdoctoral programmes in helping Fellows to become full members of a global academic community. Fellows are given training and support in all aspects of an academic career – from publishing and presenting, teaching, applying for research grants and jobs. A particular focus is placed on communicating effectively in English to different kinds of academic audiences. Its placement record is second to none: most Max Weber Fellows secure an academic position in the finest institutions around the world upon completion of the Programme.
Who Can Apply?
The Programme is open to applicants who are within 5 years of the completion of their Ph.D. from anywhere in the world, regardless of nationality, and is not restricted to citizens of the EU. All things being equal, preference is given to those who have recently completed a doctorate, not had a postdoctoral position before and/or are on the job market.The language of the programme is English and applicants must fulfil the English language requirements as outlined in the section on Eligibility.
Applicants for Max Weber Fellowships who are nationals and/or residents (please check details on eligibility) of Australia, Finland, Greece, or Japan may be considered for the grant schemes that are run by funding bodies in these countries. We also anticipate that there may be similar arrangements for Portuguese and Slovenian nationals.
For How Long?
The vast majority of Max Weber Fellowships are for one year.
- The Departments of History and Civilization (HEC) and Law (LAW) only offer 1 year Fellowships.
- The Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) offer both 1 year and 2 year Fellowships.
- Most applicants to the Department of Economics (ECO) are selected for a 2-year fellowship, which involves additional activities, such as limited teaching in the department, in the second year. As a result, ECO Fellows receive a monthly stipend of 3000 EUR in their second year. In exceptional cases, ECO may also offer three years.
Candidates for SPS, ECO and RSCAS are asked to indicate the desired length of their Fellowship (1, 2 or, in the case of ECO only, 3 years) when applying. Candidates for HEC and LAW can only stipulate 1 year. All Fellowships run from September to August. The EUI reserves the right to determine the length of the award, be it 12, 24 or 36 months. The period offered will be indicated in the award letter.
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