Call for Applications: MaxPo/MPIfG Joint PhD Seminar at Sciences Po 2019 (Fully-funded)

Call for Applications: MaxPo/MPIfG Joint PhD Seminar at Sciences Po 2019 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: March 15, 2019

Applications are open for the MaxPo/MPIfG Joint PhD Seminar at Sciences Po 2019. The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) are welcoming proposals from PhD students to participate in a doctoral seminar to be held on 21–23 May 2019 at Sciences Po in Paris.

The primary goal of the doctoral seminar is to discuss new research directions regarding capitalism emerging from two disciplinary areas: economic sociology and political economy.

Program Details

The seminar will be organized around the three following research fronts in economic sociology and political economy:

  • In order to understand striking developments of capitalism and inequality, we need to rethink and no longer look only at relations between individuals within organizations and markets but above all at relations between organizations and between markets. Invited speaker Nathan Wilmers, Assistant Professor of Work and Organizations at the MIT Sloan School of Management, will show the distributional consequences of the relation between firms.
  • At the aggregate level, relations between sectors and the state shape different growth models supported by different social blocs. Invited speaker Jonas Pontusson, Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Geneva, will develop this theme and explore the relationships between dominant sectors, patterns of growth and inequality, and key policy choices of states.
  • These new unstable growth models are likely linked with the rise in populism. We need to understand the political economic determinants of the recent rise in support for populist political parties. Invited speaker Silja Häusermann, Professor of Swiss Politics and Comparative Political Economy at the University of Zurich, will focus on this theme, particularly on how shifts in the economy and in society provide favorable conditions for the emergence and electoral success of new parties.


  • The cost of accommodation, transportation in economy class, and lunches will be covered by the organizers, who will also make the hotel reservations for the participants upon confirmation of attendance.


  • Open to current PhD students;
  • Preference is given to students from Sciences Po, the IMPRS-SPCE, and their cooperation partners;
  • Participating doctoral students must have prior knowledge in the fields of international and comparative political economy or economic sociology or adjacent fields.


If you would like to apply for the seminar, please

  • Indicate your field of study/subject and the name(s) of your thesis supervisor(s);
  • Submit a letter of motivation (max. 300 words), a short description of your PhD project (max. 300 words), and your CV.

Please send your application via email to Allison Rovny at MaxPo: [email protected]

For more information, visit Joint PhD Seminar.