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Max Weber Programme for International Students in Italy, 2022

The Max Weber Programme (MWP) is offering Fully Funded International Fellowships of 1 and 2 years in the social sciences and humanities. MWP is a postdoctoral training program for junior post-docs who want to advance in their research and academic training.

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.

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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 program (1 September). Up to 50-55, Max Weber fellowships are awarded annually.

The Max Weber Programme started in September 2006 and is now the largest international postdoctoral program 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).

Brief Description

University or Organization: The European Commission
Department: NA
Course Level: Postdoctoral training program
Award: € 2,000 per month, family allowance and other expenses as mentioned below
Access Mode: Online
Number of Awards: Up to 60
Nationality: All nationalities
The program can be taken in Italy
Application Deadline: October 18, 2021


  • Eligible Countries: Candidates of all nationalities are eligible for the Max Weber Fellowships.
  • Entrance Requirements: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following criteria:
      • 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 program (1 September).
      • 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). English certificate is not requested as part of the application, but 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. The following international certificates of English proficiency are recognized by the EUI.

International Fellowship

How to Apply

How to Apply: The deadline for applications is 18 October [24:00 CEST] except for the Department of Economics which accepts late applications until all positions are filled. Applications have to be submitted through the Online Application Form.

There are two distinct phases in the application process:

1. 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.

2. Submit your application by the deadline 18 October

Once you have registered your application you may continue to work on the application details and attachments until the deadline of 18 October. Submit the application only when you have filled in all the information correctly and have successfully uploaded the final version of the attachments.


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 airfare. The maximum amount for travel reimbursement is €1,200 for return travel.
    • Removal/installation Expenses: There is no provision for removal or installation expenses.

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