About the Max Weber Programme
The Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies (MWP) opened its doors to the first cohort of fellows in September 2006 and is the largest international postdoctoral training programme in the social sciences.
Each year the MWP appoints 42 fellows from all over the world for 1 or 2 years.
The activities of the MWP are designed to developing the academic skills of postdoctoral fellows, while leaving ample time for individual research agendas, and thus the Fellowship becomes an important stepping stone into international academia, which the The MW Fellows Network Map shows.
Each Fellow is also affiliated with one of the four departments where they participate in the research activities, and are involved in teaching and mentoring of PhD students.
The working language of the programme is English, and a series of activities are offered by the EUI Language Centre/FIESOLE Group under the umbrella Academic Communication Skills.
Highlights of the Year
Over the course of the academic year, fellows are expected to participate in the following activities:
Wednesday is in other words the official Activity day of the Max Weber Programme. On other days of the week, fellows may participate, and give workshops and lectures in the departments.
The MWP is funded by the European Commission (DG for Education and Culture).
For more detailed information on the various activities, see the Programme Description.
See also former fellow Matt Hoelle's testimonial below:
“A graduate education provides us with the opportunity to learn all that can be known in our particular field of inquiry, but perhaps falls short in preparing us to be members of an academic community. The Max Weber Programme fills this void and provides the resources necessary for a seamless transition into academia. The Programme provides expertise and training in tangible areas of resumé improvement: what makes a good presentation, what strategies should be followed when submitting research, how to write a grant proposal, how to be an effective adviser of graduate research, and so on. Perhaps more importantly, the Programme provides a setting that brings together different ideas, and challenges us to think outside of our particular field of research. This synthesis of knowledge and catalyzation of thought is crucial as we continue maturing into scholars with ideas and policy suggestions that carry weight outside the academic sphere.”
Matt Hoelle, Max Weber Fellow, ECO, 2010-2011