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Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowships

Jean Monnet Postdoctoral Fellowships 


If you have any specific question not covered by this FAQs section, you may contact the EUI Academic Service at: applyfellow@eui.eu


What is the difference between Max Weber and Jean Monnet Fellowships?

Max Weber Fellowships are designed for junior post-docs who have received their doctorates less than 5 years prior to the start of the Fellowship and want to pursue an academic career, concentrate on their research and improve their academic practice in a multidisciplinary environment. The programme combines research and training activities which will enhance the early development of a fruitful academic career. Max Weber fellows will be affiliated to one of the EUI's four departments or the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

Jean Monnet Fellowships are open to scholars who have obtained their doctorate more than 5 years prior to the start of the fellowship. They are based in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and are expected to participate actively in the research activities of the Centre. 

 Can I apply for  both?

No, it is not possible to apply for both. For Max Weber Fellowships, candidates are eligible during the five-year period following the successful completion of their PhD. For Jean Monnet Fellowships, candidates must have obtained their PhD more than five years ago. 

 How many fellowships are available?

There are 55-60 Max Weber Fellowships and up to 20 Jean Monnet Fellowships annually. 

 Is 25 October the last date for receipt of applications?

  • Jean Monnet Fellowships: Yes, applications must be submitted on-line by 25 October. After this date the online application form is not active. 
  • Max Weber Fellowships: Yes, applications for all fields other than Economics must be submitted on-line by 25 October. After this date the online application form is not active other than for Economics. However, the selection for Economics candidates will also begin on 25 October, so candidates in this field are likewise strongly advised to apply by this date.

What happens if the reference letters arrive after the deadline?

References must arrive online by the deadline for applications on 25 October. Your application can be considered without references, but remember that references play an important part in the selection process which begins immediately after the deadline. It is therefore in the interest of the candidate to have the dossier complete with two references by the deadline. 

In which language should I write my research proposal/statement?

Submitting documents in English guarantees the widest possible reading. The official working language of the postdoctoral programmes is English. 

Can referees write reference letters in their own language?

Yes, but references in English or French guarantee the widest possible reading. 

How is the selection procedure organised?

Applications are considered on the basis of application documents and references. There are no interviews.

Candidates will be informed of the results by email at latest by the end of January. 

I applied last year. My application was unsuccessful and I wish to reapply this year: may I reactivate my old application?

If you wish to reapply, you are required to use the previously registered account (and relevant login credentials) and must submit a new online application. All required information and documents (including reference letters) must be submitted again.

Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowships

What are the selection criteria?

Max Weber Fellows are selected on the basis of their research proposal, accomplishments and potential, their academic career interests, and the availability of EUI faculty to provide mentorship.

Can I apply even if I take my Ph.D. after 25 October?

Yes, but you must have obtained your Ph.D. or have successfully submitted it for defence by the start of the fellowship which is 1st September. Specific eligibility requirements are explained in Eligibility.

 What if my Ph.D. defence takes place only after the start of the fellowship?

We can accept candidates who will have submitted the doctoral thesis and concluded all requirements for the Ph.D. by the start of the fellowship (1st September) even if the formal defence would take place slightly later. The defence should take place at the latest by the end of the same calendar year. If you are selected, we request a certificate from the home university/supervisor to this effect.

Is it possible to have more than two letters of recommendation?

Minimum two and maximum three references are required and accepted by the online application system.

Can I contact potential mentors in EUI departments for advice on my research proposal?

In order to keep the application process open and fair, the policy of the EUI is not to offer individual guidance and advice on project proposals. When searching for potential mentors, applicants are requested to consult the departmental web pages where research themes are listed. 

Do I need a good knowledge of the English language? 

The expected level of English proficiency is level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Please see Eligibility for further details.

Will my application suffer if I do not relate my research to a thematic group?

We wish to underscore that there is neither advantage nor disadvantage in terms of the prospects of admission to the programme in indicating an interest in one of the pre-announced themes. For example, shaping one’s research interest to coincide with one of the themes would be entirely counterproductive. Fellows will be chosen by the three selection criteria.

Can I add bibliography/references to the Research proposal, and if so, can they exceed the 2-page limit?

You may add bibliography/references and they may slightly exceed the 2-page limit, but the research proposal itself should not be longer than two pages.

Are there any formatting requirements for the research proposal?

There are no particular requirements regarding font size or line-spacing as long as the document is well legible (even if printed out). Please use standard international fonts and do not use macros or password protection. Please do not send secured PDFs.

Jean Monnet Postdoctoral Fellowships

What are the selection criteria?

The main criteria during the selection procedure are the CV of the applicant, the overall scientific quality of the proposal, and the fit of the proposal with the research programme of the RSCAS. 

Can I apply even if I take my Ph.D. after 25 October?

No. The PhD must have been obtained more than five years prior to the start of the fellowship.

Do I need a good knowledge of the English language? 

Fellows should have a good knowledge of English, and of any other language relevant to their proposed research.

Is it possible to have more than two letters of recommendation?

Only two references are requested and accepted. 



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