The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) is part of a worldwide network of research institutions and researchers working in the social sciences. The Institute considers international cooperation to be the most promising organizational form of comparative research. It cooperates closely with several research institutes abroad. Many visiting researchers make valuable contributions to its research program.
The Institute has 39.5 full-time positions for researchers and service staff and is currently (2021) receiving funding for 19 positions for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. Another 13 doctoral researchers belong to the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) and are funded by one of the two partner universities, the University of Cologne or the University of Duisburg-Essen. Additional posts at the MPIfG receive third-party funding, in particular those in the research group funded from the DFG Leibniz Prize awarded to Jens Beckert (2021–2028).
The MPIfG currently has 2 directors, employs 2 research group leaders, 9 senior researchers, and some 20 early career researchers. As of December 31, 2020, there were 47 researchers working at the Institute or at one of the two partner universities in Cologne or Duisburg-Essen as part of the IMPRS-SPCE. The MPIfG also hosts visiting researchers from Germany and abroad for up to a year; in 2020 it welcomed 13 guests from 6 countries.

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MPIfG - Researchers at the MPIfG | [Last updated 19.07.2021]