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Scholar in Residence

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. This will be handled flexibly. Scholars are selected by the director 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 the Scholar in Residence is on a paid sabbatical, he or she receives a stipend of 2,500 euros per month to cover 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 , as of October 30 for the following year. Applications should include a CV and a brief description of the research to be pursued during the stay at the MPIfG.
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
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50676 Köln


Postdoctoral Program

The Institute offers postdoctoral researchers an attractive environment to pursue their own projects within the scope of the MPIfG research program. Postdoctoral researchers are welcome to stays at the MPIfG for periods of 1–2 years. The deadline for applications is January 31 for stays starting the following October.



Doctoral Program

The International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE), conducted jointly by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the University of Cologne, with the University of Duisburg-Essen as an associated partner, invites excellent candidates to apply for doctoral positions in economic sociology and political economy. Candidates must hold a master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent qualification in political science, sociology, organization studies, history, or related fields. The deadline for applications is February 28 for positions starting on October 1.
information for applicants

Renewed call for applications for up to for two doctoral fellowships under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sigrid Quack (University of Duisburg-Essen, Transnational Governance and Institution Building). The new deadline for applications is May 19, 2017. announcement [PDF]


Visiting Researchers Program

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information for visiting researchers

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 researchers 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 12 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 should include a C.V., the contacr information of two referees, 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, by April 30 for the following winter semester (starting October 1) and October 31 for the following summer semester (starting April 1).


Student assistants - Research

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If you are interested in working on projects that address the central questions of the study of societies, you can apply to be a student assistant in one of the research projects. The MPIfG offers BA and MA students the opportunity to work as student assistants for multiple semesters. Students gain insight into the research projects and the infrastructure of the Institute. It is possible to write papers or theses in connection with your work at the Institute. Please submit your online application as a single PDF.

Short-term internships

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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 450 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).



Jürgen Lautwein
Administrative Director
Tel. +49 221 2767-120
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