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Programme Description

The activities of the Programme are designed to further strengthen the academic skills  of the MW Fellows, while leaving ample time for individual research, and are organized around two core themes: 

1. Multidisciplinary Research:

Max Weber Lectures
Thematic Research Groups
MultidisciplinaryResearch Workshops
Max Weber Conferences

2. Academic Practice (Teaching, Publishing and Presenting, 
    Career Development):

Academic Practice Workshops
Academic Practice Groups
Academic Communication Skills

Each MW Fellow is primarily affiliated to the MWP. They are also associated either to one of the four EUI departments or the Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), which provide a faculty member as mentor. 

Fellows who have been awarded an extension of the Fellowship are primarily affiliated with their departments during their second year. Please follow this link to the two-year Fellowships activities.


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Multidisciplinary Research Activities

The Multidisciplinary Research Activities aim at improving the Max We- ber Fellows’ understanding of the four disciplines of the Programme. 

Max Weber Lectures (MWL)

The monthly Max Weber Lectures are given by leading scholars from around the world working in one or more of the four disciplines of the EUI. The Programme aims to invite scholars who address topical issues from an interdisciplinary perspective that will appeal to the EUI academ- ic community as a whole.

At least one of the lecturers will be related to each of the Thematic Research Groups, and every group will have an opportunity to organize a Master Class on the following day with the relevant lecturer.

Most lecturers also do a videoed interview on their work with one or more of the Fellows.

All lecturers will also be available to discuss the work of Fellows on an informal basis.

Multidisciplinary Research  Workshops (MRW)

All Fellows have an opportunity to organize a day or half-day workshop or mini-conference involving other Fellows, possibly one or two external speakers, and often a number of EUI Faculty and researchers as well. Ide- ally workshops should involve Fellows from more than one discipline. 

Max Weber Conferences

Each year the Max Weber Programme hosts two major conferences: an Academic Careers MWP Conference in the autumn, which focuses on funding opportunities and the changing career structures of universities; and the Social Issues for Social Sciences MW Fellows’ Conference in June, where all current and a selection of former Fellows present their work, and which provides a suitable summing up of the research they have under- taken over the year. Fellows are encouraged to participate actively in the organization of both conferences.

Thematic Research Groups (TRG)

The core of the Programme’s multidisciplinary activities are the Thematic Research Groups. These groups are organized on an interdisciplinary ba- sis and bring together Fellows from different disciplines working on a similar range of issues. The groups will meet regularly with the faculty members acting as Thematic Leads throughout the course of the academ- ic year. The regular meetings of the groups will consist of presentations of work in progress and the discussion of more general research issues, such as the reading of key or recent works related to the group’s theme. All Max Weber Fellows must produce a Working Paper, which they can present to their group. 

Research Proposal

The Research Proposal is a short proposal (typically 2 pages and 5 the maximum) conceived as the core section of a possible grant proposal.

This can be seen as an abridged version of The Scientific Proposal of an ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant, which could later be developed into a more detailed grant application, or a 'Research Statement' in a job application. An abridged version of The Scientific Proposal of an ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant should cover a shorter version of what in the current ERC Guide for Applications is Part B2-Section 2: (a) State-of-the-art and objectives, (b) Methodology, and optionally (c) Resources; 

Working Papers

Working Papers (WP) are a compulsory part of the Max Weber Pro- gramme. They are a way of ensuring that all Fellows produce a piece of research of publishable quality that has benefited from peer feedback from both a substantive and formal (linguistic and presentational) point of view. We are aware that not all disciplines use the WP format to the same degree; Fellows are therefore invited to view the requirement flexibly as an occasion to produce draft articles or book chapters if these are more appropriate formats in their fields. We would like to see your WP(s) appear in the EUI’s open-access repository Cadmus, as this will not only insure that they will be widely disseminated but also provide a concrete output of the research undertaken by Fellows during their time in the Programme. We appreciate however that some Fellows may wish the WP not to be made public, and if adequately motivated this is also an option.

Working papers can be submitted at any time between September 2016 and the end of December 2017. Fellows should start work on their papers early in the year, presenting them in the context of their Thematic Group and using the Academic Skills offerings to support their presenting and writing. At least one WP must be sent to Alyson Price no later than 31 March each year, who will forward it to your mentor/thematic  group convenor for approval.

Extensions are granted in exceptional circumstances; if necessary, please contact Richard Bellamy.

Working Paper Process

•     present your WP in your thematic group or in an Academic Practice group

•     send your WP to Alyson at any time but no later than 31 March 

•     expect feedback from your mentor/convenor

•     respond to feedback

•     send your final version to Alyson for editing

•     accept/reject editing suggestions and return your final version to Alyson

•     paper formatted for Cadmus, you sign off on the final copy

•     your paper appears on Cadmus within a few days

If, for well motivated reasons, you would prefer your paper to go into the Red Number Series, which does not appear on Cadmus, contact Alyson as early in the process as possible.

Academic Practice activities

The aim of the Max Weber Academic Practice (AP) activities is to foster the on-going professional development of Fellows. It addresses three key areas:

1.   Publishing and Presenting Research

2.   Preparation for the Job Market and Career Development

3.   Teaching

These activities draw on the expertise of the FIESOLE Group, a network of applied linguists and educationalists from the EUI and other leading European institutions involved in training for mobility and career ad- vancement. We also have the in-house expertise of the communications skills staff and the Academic Careers Observatory (ACO).

Academic Practice Workshops

The Academic Practice Workshops  are designed to enhance Fellows’ knowledge and skills in key areas of academic practice, from publish- ing strategies and research dissemination, to research ethics and profes- sional leadership, to effective teaching and curriculum development in the context of today’s multicultural global academia. They are offered by experts from the EUI and its sister institutions and can also be convened directly by the Academic Practice Groups on topics of particular interest. The workshops are usually held on Wednesday mornings and are open to all Fellows; they are complemented by the Academic Communications Skills offerings, the Teaching Practice Weeks (reserved for those Fellows who opt to obtain the Max Weber Teaching Certificate), and one-on-one tutorials and coaching.

Academic Practice Groups (by discipline)

The Academic Practice Groups (APGs) complement the Practice Work- shops. They are organised by the four discipline and the Robert Schuman Centre groups (ECO, HEC, LAW, SPS and RSCAS) and allow for a more in-depth exchange of ideas and experiences. They may include follow up sessions on the workshops dealing with the ethics of research, publishing strategies, applying for grants or writing a book proposal. Additionally, 

of which are organised by the Programme). Each APG arranges its own 

schedule and may choose to address other topics in addition to those mentioned above.

Academic Communications  Skills Offerings

The Academic Communications Skills (ACS) activities are designed to help Fellows refine the oral and written skills necessary for effective aca- demic practice. They take three forms: workshops and short modules; facilitating of small groups of Fellows working towards similar goals; in- dividual tutorials and coaching.

Workshops are open to all Fellows on a sign-up basis a few days before; individual tutorials run every Wednesday and by arrangement (sign-ups through Moodle). Modules and Writers’ Groups typically require a great- er commitment; for this reason, Fellows who are potentially interested are asked to contact the Max Weber ACS coordinator (laurie.anderson@ eui.eu) as soon as feasible.

Presentation skills

•     Individual feedback on September presentations (all Fellows will be sent a video of their presentation to view before the feedback session)

•     ‘Presenting and Public Speaking module’ (3 sessions, early Oc- tober, open to all interested Fellows)

Academic writing and   publishing


•     ‘Style and Voice in Academic Writing’

•     ‘The Journal Review Process: A Roundtable with Journal Edi- tors’ (by discipline)

•     ‘Grant Writing for Postdocs’

•     ‘Handling Revise-and-Resubmit’


•      ‘Writing a Successful Book Proposal’ (session with Richard Bellamy and ACS staff) Structured follow-up: individual and peer-feedback session(s) facilitated by ACS staff; session with editor’s rep)

•      ‘Draft-to-Submission in 8 Weeks’ (Oct.-Dec.; runs Wednesday mornings). Support for preparing an article for journal submis- sion. You will profit most from this module if you arrive with a draft ready to be revised.

Writers’ Groups

•     Writers’ Groups provide a supportive setting for obtaining focused, hands-on peer feedback on draft articles (or portions thereof ) prior to journal submission. They are organised on a disciplinary basis and are facilitated by a member of the ASC staff.

•     Schedule to be arranged with interested Fellows.

•     Interested Fellows are encouraged to contact Laurie as soon as possible.

•     ECO Writers’ Group (Oct. to Dec., Jan. onwards by request; every 2-3 weeks on Wednesdays). Aimed (though not exclu- sively) at providing support for revising and polishing your job market paper.

Tutorials and   individual coaching

One-on-one sessions with a member of the Academic Communications Skills team to discuss and revise research writing in progress, look over cover letters and other application materials, or to support  any other professional communication needs. Observation of and feedback on job talks and teaching on request.

Text Revision and   Editing

All written work (articles, book reviews etc) for revision/editing needs to be sent directly to Alyson Price (alyson.price@eui.eu), unless otherwise agreed with Laurie Anderson.

When sending your work, or in advance of meeting her, please give Alyson the following information:  title; genre (article, conference paper, book review, PowerPoint presentation etc); length; how soon you need the work back. Note that we try to return work within ten working days.

All Word documents submitted will be reviewed using Track Changes, showing the reviewer’s remarks and suggested changes. Anyone not working in Word will need to convert their completed text to pdf and send in the pdf version. Please note that in this case you will have to transfer all the reviewer’s changes manually back to your original text.

What we do not do: check entire books (though we can give you advice on turning your thesis into a book); copy-edit texts to the required speci- fications of individual journal or book publishers.

Academic Careers Observatory (ACO), Job Market And Career Development

ACO provides information on academic careers by country, discipline and theme, and links to research opportunities in Europe, job platforms and a list of funding from post-doc to professorial level. The Observa- tory is not an academic career advice service, but it will help you clarify your ideas about different career options. We also encourage fellows to do practice job talks and interviews, which MWP staff are happy to organize.

•      Among the offerings of Communications staff, please note ‘Developing an Effective “Job-Market Package” ’ (‘early-bird’session for N. American deadlines; mid-Sept.)

•     ACO Conference on Research Funding 8 February, involving the major research funders from across Europe and including North America. Please note that this conference offers an opportunity to get information for and feedback on the Research Proposal. 

Teaching Certificate

The Max Weber Teaching Certificate aims to both  enhance Fellows’ teaching skills and increase their international mobility through a series of workshops and a week-long teaching practice experience at the LSE, Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) or Humboldt (Berlin). For more details con- tact Karin Tilmans (karin.tilmans@eui.eu ) by the end of September.


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