Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowships – European University Institute

Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowships …

Sponsor: European University Institute

SYNOPSIS: Max Weber fellowships are designed for junior
post-docs who would like to pursue an academic career, concentrate on
their own research and enhance their academic practice in a
multidisciplinary environment.

Deadline(s): 10/25/2014

Address: Academic Service
European University Institute
via dei Roccettini 9
I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole,
Web Site:
Program URL:

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

Award Type(s): Fellowship
Research Grants/R & D

Citizenship/Country of Applying Institution:
Any/No Restrictions

Locations Tenable: European Institution

Appl Type(s): Postdoctoral

Target Group(s): NONE
Duration: 2 YEAR(s)

Geo. Restricted: NO RESTRICTIONS

OBJECTIVES: Fellows are selected on the basis of their research
proposal; their academic accomplishments and potential; and the
availability of EUI faculty, from either one or more of the four
departments and/or the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, to
provide mentorship. The Max Weber Programme is located in the
Badia Fiesolana, the main building of the EUI. Fellows have access to
the Institute’s excellent research facilities, including what is
probably Europe’s best library in the historical and social sciences,
and are provided with a shared office space and research funds of up
to 1000 euros. The Programme offers a dedicated and
comprehensive series of Academic Practice workshops to improve
communication skills (writing, presentation and teaching), to help
Fellows with applying for research grants, and with the development of
a publication strategy. In addition, it provides a range of
teaching-training opportunities (within the EUI, Florence and with a
number of presitigious universities abroad) and the possibility of
acquiring the MWP Teaching Certificate. The Programme also hosts the
Academic Careers Observatory and Fellows are given support for the
whole of the job application process, from identifying potential
employment opportunities to the job talk and interview. For the
Academic practice activities Fellows are organised into disciplinary
groups. Fellows are also given time and encouragement to pursue,
present and publish their research as outlined in their proposal,
including attending and presenting at suitable conferences and
workshops. For this purpose, Fellows are organised into thematic
research groups. These groups change every year and are created as
appropriate from among those fellows who have been selected according
to the selection criteria. Here they can present their on-going
research, including the compulsory working paper and draft research
funding application that they must complete over the year, and
participate in and help organise multidisciplinary research workshops
and conferences. Many of the Max Weber Lecturers have been chosen with
one of the thematic groups in mind, and as well as giving a lecture
they will be available to discuss the research of Fellows on an
informal basis and will take part in a workshop built around their
work in the context of one of the thematic research groups. Many of
these activities are organized by the Fellows themselves.

Max Weber Fellowships are open to candidates who have received
their a doctorate in the social sciences (economics, law, political
science, sociology, history and related fields) within the last 5
years. The Programme is open to applicants from anywhere in the world,
regardless of nationality, and is not restricted to citizens of the
EU. The language of the programme is English, and applicants must
fulfill the English language requirements. 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 2015/2016 you should have received
or submitted your Ph.D between 1/9/2010 and 1/9/2015 and the Ph.D
defense should take place no later than 31/12/2015. Extensions to the
five-year rule are allowed for applicants whose academic career has
been interrupted for maternity leave, illness or mandatory military
service. 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.

Max Weber Fellowships are for 1 or 2 years. All applicants in the
field of Economics are selected for a 2-year fellowship, which
involves additional activities, such as limited teaching in the
department, in the second year. Applicants in other disciplines may
apply for a limited number of second-year Fellowships during the
course of their first year. EUI reserves the right to award 12 months
instead of 24 months due to the high demand for MWP Fellowships. The
period will be indicated in the award letter. Please note that at
present only Economics applicants are standardly offered 24 month
Fellowships in the first instance. Applicants in other disciplines
will be considered for a limited number of extensions for a further
year during the first 12 months if they wish to be so. If a Fellow
leaves before the Fellowship ends (before late July), the grant will
be terminated and no grant will be paid for the month of August.
Fellows are required to live in Florence for the duration of their
Fellowship in order that they may take an active part in the programme
and in the academic activities of their department. The basic stipend
is € 2000 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. 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.
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 Van Breda Insurance Scheme
at their own expense. 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 but
requires prior authorization) and Economy class air fare. The maximum
amount for travel reimbursement is €1,200 for return travel.

Political Science
Social Science Education


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