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
The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne,
awards up to five postdoctoral fellowships each year to researchers from Germany
and abroad. The fellowships are for twelve months, usually beginning on October
1. The deadline for application is January 31.
The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies offers visiting researchers from Germany and abroad
- in addition to its doctoral and
postdoctoral fellowship programs - the opportunity to conduct research at the Institute. Visitors usually stay for two to nine months. Scholars of all levels of seniority, including Ph.D. students, may apply. Their research projects should closely relate to work done at the MPIfG. The selection process will consider the alignment of the proposed research with the Institute’s current research strengths, or with research areas the Institute wishes to develop as priorities. Applications are particularly sought from researchers working in the fields of Economic Sociology and Political Economy.
Applicants are asked to show how they propose to fund their research stay at the Institute.
Invitation letters for grant-funding
institutions will be provided for successful applicants.
In special cases the Institute can provide a needs-based, negotiable subsidy for living expenses. Visiting researchers are provided with a fully-equipped office (often shared) and have full access to the Institute's service infrastructure.
If you are interested, please submit an application in English or German by email, including a C.V., two reference contacts, a list of publications, and a two-to-three page proposal about the work you would like to do at the MPIfG. Attachments should be compiled in one PDF document. The deadlines for submissions are
April 30 for the following fall semester (starting October 1) and
October 31 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).