Max Weber PhD Fellowship in Social and Human Sciences

Deadline: 25 October 2016
Open to: 
PhD applicants in Social and Human Sciences from all nationalities
Fellowship: EUR 2,000 per month, travel reimbursement and household


The overall aim of the Max Weber Programme (MWP), the largest postdoctoral training programme in the Social and Human Sciences in the world, is to support the fellows in the development of a successful academic career.

The most important benefits of the programme lie in the professional schooling it offers fellows. To this end they are affiliated with one of the EUI teaching departments, where they participate in seminars and workshops. Within the MWP, a broad variety of activities are organized for the fellows throughout the year with an individual focus on really developing to be internationally competitive. The Max Weber Programme is geared to developing the academic skills of postdoctoral fellows, while leaving ample time for individual research agendas.

The Fellowships are awarded for 12 or 24 months. Candidates should indicate the preferred period in their application. The EUI reserves the right to award 12 months due to the high demand for MWP Fellowships. The period will be indicated in the award letter. Extensions or renewals are not allowed.


  • 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);
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • The expected level of English proficiency is level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).


  • The basic grant is EUR 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 EUR 1,250 per month) depending on the amount of the additional income;
  • A household allowance of up to EUR 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 EUR 2,000 per month. The sum of income and allowance can not exceed EUR 2,000 per month (i.e. if the income is more than EUR 1,700, the allowance will be paid only to top up to EUR 2,000);
  • There is a dependents allowance of EUR 200 per month for each dependent child;
  • 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.

More information on condition for award you can find HERE.

How to apply?

The call for applications for the academic year 2017/18 will be opened by early July. The deadline for applications will be 25 October 2016.

More information about application process you can find HERE.

For more information please visit the official website.

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