The MWP Academic Careers Observatory (ACO) is an on-line resource for Ph.D. candidates, post-doc fellows and early career scholars who wish to explore and debate academic careers in the humanities and social sciences.

The ACO provides info 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. Check ACO documents and bibliography for other material on higher education and academic careers.

To find out about our conferences and workshops on academic careers visit the ACO events page and the news section below.

The Observatory is not an academic career advice service, but it will help you clarify your ideas about different career options. Check our career tips for practical information on important career steps.

We hope you will find our resources interesting and useful. Feel free to submit your comments and provide us with feedback. Please write to

See also About the MWP-ACO


ACO Activities and Reports:




  • In October 2012, the Director of the Max Weber Programme, Ramon Marimon, presented ACO at the 54th Annual Conference of the Italian Economic Association, at the Univeristy of Bologna. The presentation was titled "The Foreign Job Markets for Economists".


  • In May 2013 ACO produced a report which statistically evaluated the impact of the Max Weber Programme on the academic job market, titled "Impact Evaluation of Max Weber Programme on Academic Job Market". In June 2013, this report was presented at the Max Weber fellows conference. This presentation is available here.



  • The National and European Funding Opportunities Conference took place on 6th March 2013. Full details of the programme and presentations from representatives of the ERC, Marie Curie, Britain, Ireland, Sweden, France, Germany, Austria and Poland can be found here. The conference report is also available.


  • On 28th November 2012, ACO held its 7th annual conference, Academic Careers in the Social Sciences: Entry, Competition and Advancement. The conference report can be found here
  • In March 2012, the ACO conducted a survey of EUI Researchers and Fellows on the Academic Job Market. Read the full results here.
  • In 2011, the ACO published, in collaboration with the European Economic Association (EEA), the European Sociological Association (ESA), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), the report 'Survey on Research Funding for the Social Sciences in Europe'. For more information please view the full report or check the dedicated webpage.
  • In June 2011, the ACO in collaboration with the European Economic Association Standing Committee on Research published the joint report Research Funding for Economics in Europe.
  • The Universal Academic Questionnaire is an annual survey of US economic departments, which includes detailed data on salaries and other working conditions. For a summary, please check the dedicated webpage.
  • In February 2011, Natalia Zinovyeva and Manuel Bagues gave a presentation at the Max Weber Multidisciplinary Research Workshop entitled: Does Gender Matter for Academic Promotion: Evidence from a Randomized Natural Experiment. Check the workshop's webpage for the minutes and the presentation.
  • In June 2010, the ACO, in collaboration with the European Economic Association Standing Committee on Research, launched a survey about research funding in Europe. The survey started with research in economics and will be extended to the other SSH fields. MWP Director Prof. Ramon Marimon presented the preliminary results at the 25th Annual Congress of the European Economic Association in Glasgow on 26 August 2010.


The ACO website is intended as a space for the  presentation  and discussion of academic career issues. It does not represent the official opinions of the EUI, the European Commission and the EUI Member States, which cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein nor for any of the views expressed.


Latest News
Urban Politics, Migration, Diversity

Urban Politics, Migration, Diversity

A Multidisciplinary Research Workshop jointly organised with the MPI of Gottingen and convened by Fran Meissner (SPS Fellow) to discuss migration and the urban environment with Fran Tonkiss (LSE), Rainer Bauboeck and many more: Friday 24 April 2015, registration 9:15
Is Liberalism Secular? by Cécile Laborde (UCL)

Is Liberalism Secular? by Cécile Laborde (UCL)

Does liberal legitimacy require secularism or separation between state and religion? Cécile Laborde (UCL) will address this quite topical questione at the upcoming MW Occasional Talk: 23 April, 17:00-19:00, MWP Common Room. All welcome but please register

Page last updated on 03 December 2014