Max Weber Programme (MWP) offers international fellowships of 1 and 2 years in the social sciences and humanities. The Max Weber Programme (MWP) is a postdoctoral training programme for junior post-docs who want to advance in their research and academic training. Up to 50-55 Max Weber fellowships are awarded annually.
The aim of the Max Weber Programme is to provide the Fellows with the experience of membership of a vibrant academic community, to which they make a central contribution.
The Max Weber Programme started in September 2006 and is now the largest international postdoctoral programme in the Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe. The Programme is located at the European University Institute in Florence. It is funded by the European Commission (DG Education and Culture).
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).
Course Level: The Max Weber Programme (MWP) is a postdoctoral training programme for junior post-docs who want to advance in their research and academic training at the European University Institute in Florence.
Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded in political and social sciences, economics, law and history.
Number of Awards: There are 55-60 Max Weber Fellowships.
Scholarship Award: The basic grant 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. If applicable, family allowances will be added to the basic grant (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 documents (marriage certificate or a document that proves that you are living together in Florence, birth certificates). A school or university certificate is required for dependent children in full-time education and over the age of 18.
- Taxation: The Fellowship is not taxed by the Institute. Fellows are, however, required to comply with any other tax provisions which may be applicable to them.
- Medical Insurance: Fellows must have adequate medical insurance cover during their stay at the Institute. Fellows can either provide proof of their own insurance scheme or subscribe to the EUI’s Cigna Insurance Scheme at their own expense.
- Travel Expenses: Fellows (but not their families) receive reimbursement for one return trip from their home town to Florence. First-class rail (travel by car is also reimbursed on this basis) Economy class air fare. The maximum amount for travel reimbursement is €1,200 for return travel.
- Removal/installation Expenses: There is no provision for removal or installation expenses.
Scholarship can be taken in Italy (The Max Weber Programme is hosted in the beautiful Villa La Fonte and involves additional academic activities in the EUI departments).
- 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 2018-19 they should have received or submitted their Ph.D. between 1/9/2013 and 1/9/2018 and the Ph.D defence should take place no later than 31/12/2018.
- 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 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 certificate/supporting document on registration. This can be one of the international certificates listed below, or a supporting document 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 of proof.
Nationality: Candidates of all nationalities are eligible for the Max Weber Fellowships.
Scholarship Description: The Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme (MWP) at the EUI is open to applicants from anywhere in the
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirement: 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).
Test Requirement: No
English Language Requirements: IELTS score should be 7.5.
How to Apply: The deadline for applying for the academic year 2018-19 is 25 October 2017 (24h00 – CEST). For Economics later applications will be considered until all the positions are filled. However, prospective candidates are strongly advised to apply by the standard deadline of 25 October given that the selection committee would normally expect to fill all or almost all positions from the initial applicant pool.
Applications had to be submitted through the Online Application Form. For reference only, a sample of the online application form can be found in the Mock-Up Application Form.
There are two distinct phases in the application process:
Register your application as early as possible
You are encouraged to register your application, by inserting your personal details and referee details as soon as possible. This is important to allow sufficient time for your referees to submit the reference letters before the deadline. References will not be accepted after the deadline.
Submit your application by the deadline 25 October
Once you have registered your application you may continue to work on the application details and attachments until the deadline of 25 October. Submit the application only when you have filled in all the information correctly and have successfully uploaded the final version of the attachments.
Application Deadline: The application deadline is October 25, 2017.