Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme in Florence, Italy

Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme in Florence, Italy

Italy 18 Oct 2021
European University Institute

European University Institute

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About the Max Weber Programme

The largest international postdoctoral programme in the Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe

What is the Max Weber Programme

The Max Weber Programme started in September 2006 and is now the largest international postdoctoral programme in the Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe. The Programme is located at the European University Institute in Florence. It is funded by the European Commission (DG Education and Culture), which provides bursaries of one or two years for around 50-55 Fellowships. These bursaries are open to scholars from anywhere in the world (not just nationals of an EU Member State) who have received a doctorate in economics, law, history, social and political sciences, or a related field, within the past 5 years. The Programme also includes a number of Fellows supported by other funders, such as national and other non-EU research bodies. Fellows are selected on the basis of their research accomplishments and potential, their academic career interests, and the availability of the EUI faculty to provide mentorship.

All Fellows are affiliated with one of the four EUI departments or the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and are welcome to participate in departmental activities. Two-year Fellowships involve additional academic activities in the EUI departments, such as limited graduate teaching and mentoring Ph.D. students.

The Programme also organizes each year a series of Lectures and Book Roundtables bringing to the EUI community prestigious scholars from around the world and across disciplines.

The working language of the Programme is English.

Why become a Max Weber Fellow

The aim of the Max Weber Programme is to provide the Fellows with the experience of membership of a vibrant academic community, to which they make a central contribution. The Programme offers Fellows the unique opportunity to share their research experience with peers from different disciplines and nationalities on a daily basis, whilst enhancing professional academic skills and acquiring the MWP Teaching Certificate. The Programme not only supports their research but also helps them develop the skills they will need in their future academic careers.

Located in Badia Fiesolana within the magnificent setting of the European University Institute campus in San Domenico di Fiesole near Florence, the Programme gives Fellows access to some of the best research facilities in the world, provides them with research funds, and encourages them to collaborate and learn from each other through interdisciplinary research clusters and the organisation of workshops and conferences involving Fellows, members of the Professoriate and distinguished academics from outside the EUI.

Support is provided for academic writing in English and applying for research grants by the EUI Language Centre/FIESOLE Group under the umbrella Academic Communication Skills. A structured Programme covers all aspects of an academic career, including the opportunity to teach in some of Europe’s top universities.

Deadlines for applications

The annual deadline for applications for the Max Weber Fellowships is 18 October but please note that applications for self-funded Fellowships are accepted up to the following 25 March and are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read more about why apply to the Max Weber Programme.

Programme Description

The Max Weber Programme (MWP) at the European University Institute (EUI) is a unique postdoctoral programme in the historical and social sciences in Europe. It is open to applicants who are within 5 years from the completion of their PhD, from anywhere in the world, regardless of nationality. The Programme is highly selective, attracting circa 1,200 applicants each year for 55-60 Fellowships in the fields of political and social sciences, economics, law, and history. Preference is given to applicants who have only just completed their doctorate and have not had a postdoctoral fellowship before. Selected Fellows will benefit from the stimulating combination of a global programme located in the heart of Europe offering a broad menu of multidisciplinary and disciplinary activities..

The Programme awards 1, 2, and exceptionally 3 year long fellowships according to departments.

The Fellowship provides a grant of 2000 EUR per month plus - when appropriate - a family allowance. Fellows in the Department of Economics and Political and Social Sciences who stay on for a second year will have the possibility of applying for a Part-time assistant professor contract (level ASSPR6/3) for 12 months involving some teaching duties and mentoring Ph.D. researchers: net remuneration would be approximately 820 EUR in addition to the monthly grant.The MWP operates a maternity leave policy.

In addition to the scholarships funded by the Max Weber Programme itself, there are additional grants available that are funded by governments/foundations in Finland, Greece, Poland, Slovenia and Japan to which nationals of these countries (and in some cases residents in these countries) may also apply. Suitable applicants of any nationality may also apply for a second year at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (IHEID).

NB the availability of special grants varies from year to year- in some years more countries and agencies may offer grants and in others fewer. Up to date details can be found under the Information for Applicants tab. We automatically consider eligible applicants for these opportunities.

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 EUR - 2000 EUR for second or third year Economics Fellows who are on the job market).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 publishing and presentingteachingapplying 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.


  • 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 (1 September). Therefore, to apply for 2022-23 they should have received or submitted their Ph.D. between 1/9/2017 and 1/9/2022 and the Ph.D. defence should take place no later than 31/12/2022.

  • 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). English certificate is not requested as part of the application, but 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 document showing that the candidate has written the doctorate, or published an article or a book chapter of at least 6,000 words, in English, or has pursued post-graduate studies in an English language degree programme. Native English speakers are exempt of proof.

    The following international certificates of English proficiency are recognised by the EUI.

  • Type of certificate

    Expected test score, considered equivalent to level C1 of the CEFR

    • IELTS

    • From 7.5

    • TOEFL (IBT)

    • From 110

    • Cambridge Proficiency

    • A/B/C

    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

    • A/B

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