Apply to the Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme 2017/2018

Apply to the Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme 2017/2018

Deadline: October 25, 2016

The Maw Weber Fellowship Programme is one of the most selective – attracting around 1200 applicants in the fields of political and social sciences, economics, law and history for around 55-60 available positions. The fellowships are designed for junior post-docs who would like to pursue an academic career, concentrate on their own research and enhance their academic practice in a multidisciplinary environment.

The Fellowships are awarded for 12, 24 or exceptionally 36 months from September to August. Candidates should indicate the preferred period in their application. The call for applications for the academic year 2017/18 will be opened by early July.


  • The basic grant is € 2,000 per month. Successful applicants who receive other grants or salaries must disclose this to the EUI. The amount of the Fellowship will be fixed at a lower rate (minimum €1,250 per month) depending on the amount of the additional income;
  • A household allowance of up to € 300 per month is paid to Fellows with a partner if the partner lives with them in Florence and on condition that the partner’s income is less than € 2,000 per month;
  • Fellows (but not their families) receive reimbursement for the incoming trip from their place of origin to Florence, and for the outgoing trip to their destination at the end of their fellowship;
  • See more Conditions for Award.


  • 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 (September 1).
  • 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 relevant English certificate.
  • Native English speakers, candidates who have written their doctorate, or published an article or a book chapter of at least 6000 words in English, and candidates who have studied and hold a qualification from a University where the language of instruction and assessment was English, are exempt.
  • The following international certificates of English proficiency are recognised by the EUI:
    • IELTS – from 7.5
    • TOEFL (IBT) – from 110
    • Cambridge Proficiency – A/B/C
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) – A/B

Selection Criteria

Candidates are reviewed by the following 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, who can gain most 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.
  • 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.

Application Process

  • For reference, a preview of the online application form can be found in the Mock-Up Application Form;
  • The following documents are requested:
    • Prepare your CV with a list of publications in PDF;
    • Prepare an ‘Academic career statement’ (2 pages) as a PDF;
    • Prepare a ‘Research proposal’ (2 pages) as a PDF;
    • Letter of Reference.
  • See more on How to Apply.

For more information, see FAQ or visit Max Weber Fellowship.