Every year the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne invites a leading scholar in political economy or economic sociology to spend three to six months in residence at the Institute. As a rule, tenure starts in October. Scholars are selected by the directors of the MPIfG on the basis of an established record of excellence as well as a current research project in an area close to the core interests of researchers at the Institute. Both nominations and direct applications are possible.
Scholars in Residence are paid a stipend of up to 6,000 euros per month. If on a paid sabbatical the Scholar in Residence receives a stipend of 2,500 euros per month to cover his or her local costs and travel. The Scholar in Residence will have an office at the Institute and enjoy the full range of MPIfG support services. Scholars are expected to give a series of three lectures on a subject of their choice, and generally to participate in the intellectual life of the Institute.
Nominations and applications for the Scholar in Residence fellowship are to be sent to the MPIfG's Managing Director, Prof. Jens Beckert, at
They can be submitted at any time, by email or by post. They should be sent one or two years in advance of the date of the intended stay.
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Postdoctoral researchers are welcome to stays at the MPIfG for periods of 1–2 years on the basis of support contracts. The Institute offers postdocs an attractive environment to pursue their own projects within the scope of the MPIfG research program. The deadline for applications is 31 January for stays commencing the following October.
The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) is a place where researchers from around the world can meet, discuss, and work together. Its visiting researcher program can bring fresh ideas to the Institute’s research and provides opportunities for interdisciplinary and international networking.
The program is intended for researchers from the fields of Economic Sociology, Political Economy and Modern History, and offers stays generally ranging from 2 to 9 months. Applications are welcome from professors based either in Germany or abroad as well as young postdoctoral and doctoral students. Your intended research project should relate to the MPIfG's research program and ongoing projects at the Institute.
Applicants are asked to provide a funding plan. If your application is successful, you will receive a letter of invitation that you can use to approach grant-funding institutions. In exceptional cases, the MPIfG can provide support for living costs or a fellowship for a period lasting up to six months. Visiting researchers are provided with a desk and have full access to the Institute's service infrastructure.
Your application is to include a C.V., two reference contacts, a list of your publications, and a two-to-three page proposal on your intended research at the MPIfG. Submit your application online as a single PDF file, in English or German, and by 30 April for the following fall semester (starting October 1) and 31 October for the following spring semester (starting March 1).
Twice a year, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies offers a small number of short-term internships. A serious interest in the social sciences is required as well as above-average study grades and a willingness to work independently on projects. Social science students in at least the 5th semester of their BA program or those completing an MA program must apply by
December 31 for the following summer semester and by
June 30 for the winter semester.
Interns are assigned to ongoing projects and gain insights into the institute's areas of research. Opportunities are available for interns to participate in the institute's presentations and seminars as well as its internal training program. Voluntary internships do not exceed 12 weeks. For compulsory internships, candidates should indicate the required duration and include evidence of this requirement in their application. The MPIfG pays interns 400 euros per month.
Please provide a letter of motivation stating the preferred start/end dates of the internship and give reasons why a particular MPIfG project area interests you. MPIfG projects from post-doctoral fellows or doctoral students are not available for internships.
Please submit your online application as a single PDF document containing: a letter of motivation, CV, qualifications, and a relevant example of your coursework (excerpt of up to 10 pages).