Study in Italy: Max Weber Fellowship Programme for Postdoctoral Studies 2018/19

Application for the Max Weber Fellowship 2018/19 Programme at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy is open. The European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, is an international postgraduate and post-doctoral teaching and research institute established by European Union member states to contribute to cultural and scientific development in the Social Sciences, in a European perspective.

Amongst the largest, most prestigious and successful post doctoral programs in the Historical and Social Sciences, and located in one of the most beautiful settings, with truly outstanding research facilities, we offer 50-60 fully funded 1 and 2 year post doctoral fellowships to applicants from anywhere in the world in the fields of Economics, History, Law, Social and Political sciences. All areas and types of research within these fields are considered. Last year 98% of Fellows found an academic position on completing the Fellowship.

The aim of the MWP is to provide Fellows with the experience of membership of a vibrant academic community, to which they make a central contribution. It is unique in offering a structured programme covering all aspects of an academic career, including support for academic writing in English, applying for research grants,  the opportunity to teach in some of Europe’s leading universities and to develop a strategy for a successful approach to the academic labour market.

Type: Research Fellowship

Eligible Fields of Study: Economics, History, Law, Social and Political sciences. All areas and types of research within these fields are considered.

Eligible Countries: All countries

To be taken at (country): Italy

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  • 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 (1st September). Therefore, to apply for 2018-19 they should have received or submitted their Ph.D. between 1/9/2013 and 1/9/2018 and the Ph.D defence should take place no later than 31/12/2018.
  • Extensions to the five-year rule are allowed for applicants whose academic career has been interrupted for maternity or paternity leave, illness or mandatory military service. Cite circumstances in the application form in the field ‘Additional Notes’. Successful candidates will be asked to provide supporting documents.
  • 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.
  • Candidates of any nationality are eligible for the Max Weber Fellowships.
  • The expected level of English proficiency is level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Successful candidates will be requested to provide a certificate/supporting document on registration. This can be one of the international certificates listed below, or a supporting document showing that the candidate has written the doctorate, or published an article or a book chapter of at least 6000 words in English, or has studied at and holds a qualification from a University where the language of instruction and assessment was English. Native English speakers are exempt from this proof.
  • The following international certificates of English proficiency are recognized by the EUI:
    • IELTS: From 7.5
    • TOEFL (IBT)
    • Cambridge Proficiency
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic accomplishments and potential: Academic excellence is assessed on the basis of the candidate’s contributions (publications, PhD thesis, etc. as outlined in the CV), their plans and commitment to an academic career as outlined in their ‘Research Proposal’ and ‘Academic career statement’, and other supporting evidence (i.e. two letters of reference). Preference is given to applicants in the early stages of their post-doctoral career, as they will gain more from the programme.
  • Research Proposal: The proposal must be clear and well structured, with well-defined and realistic goals that can be achieved within the duration of the fellowship.
  • Mentorship: The capacity and availability of EUI faculty, be it in the departments or the RSCAS, to provide mentorship is taken into account; however, while having common research interests may be helpful, it is not a necessity for mentorship.

Number of Awardees: 50 to 60 candidates

Value of Fellowship:

  • The Fellowship provides a grant of 2000 euros per month plus – when appropriate – a family allowance.
  • The Max Weber Fellows enjoy the superb research facilities of the European University Institute (including an outstanding library, a shared office space, and a personal research fund of 1000 euros).
  • The MWP is unique among postdoctoral programmes in helping Fellows to become full members of a global academic community.
  • Fellows are given training and support in all aspects of an academic career – from teaching, publishing and presenting, to applying for research grants and jobs. A particular focus is placed on communicating effectively in English to different kinds of academic audiences.
  • Its placement record is second to none: most Max Weber Fellows secure an academic position in the finest institutions around the world upon completion of the programme.

Duration of Fellowship: 1 and 2 year post doctoral fellowships

How to Apply: The annual deadline is 25th October, but applications for self-funded fellowships will be considered until 25th March. Visit Application Webpage to apply

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details

Award Provider: The Max Weber Fellowship

Application Deadline: 25th October, 2017

Offered annually

For more inquiries about admissions and visas to study abroad, send an email or call: +2347037293057, 08125835476



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