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How to Apply for a Max Weber Fellowship

The annual deadline is 25 October, but applications for self-funded fellowships will be considered until 25 March.

Before Proceeding

See the EligibilityConditions of Award and Selection Criteria related to the MWP. 

Application Form – Register Early, Submit by the Deadline

The deadline for completing the application form and for the submission of references and all required documents was 25 October 2016 (24:00 CEST). It is no longer possible to apply for 2017-18.

The call for applications for the academic year 2018-19 will be opened on 3 July 2017 with deadline of 25 October 2017.

Applications had to be submitted through the Online Application Form. For reference only, a sample of the online application form for 2017-18 form can be found in the Mock-Up Application Form.

There are two distinct phases in the application process:

1. Register your application as early as possible

You are encouraged to register your application, by inserting your personal details and referee details as soon as possible. This is important to allow sufficient time for your referees to submit the reference letters before the deadline. References will not be accepted after the deadline.

2. Submit your application by the deadline 25 October

Once you have registered your application you may continue to work on the application details and attachments until the deadline of 25 October. Submit the application only when you have filled in all the information correctly and have successfully uploaded the final version of the attachments.


Requested Documents

  • Prepare your CV with a list of publications in PDF.  
  • Prepare an ‘Academic career statement’ (2 pages) as a PDF. The purpose of this statement is for you to indicate why you think the MW Programme, particularly the Academic Practice Activities, will benefit you. It should indicate your research and teaching interests and experience, and career plans.
  • Prepare a ‘Research proposal’ (2 pages) as a PDF. The proposal must be clear and well structured, with well-defined and realistic goals that can be achieved within the duration of the fellowship. If you are applying for a 24 month Fellowship, you should indicate on the research proposal what you aim to achieve 1) in the first 12 months and 2) what you hope to do in months 13-24. You can also indicate if you think your research will fit with one of the following five “Thematic Groups” that we anticipate for 2017-18:
    • Citizenship and Migration
    • Governance, Constitutionalism and Democracy
    • Europe in the World: International Relations, International Security, World Politics
    • Legal,  Political  and  Social  Theory:  Historical  and  Contemporary Perspectives
    • Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa: the Design and Governance of Monetary and Fiscal Policies and Financial Regulation in the European Union
    • Or indicate 'No thematic research group'.
  • In the application form, you also will be asked to indicate whether you would be interested in any of the thematic research groups or not.
  • There is no advantage in indicating fit with a theme. Candidates will be selected according to the Selection Criteria and Selection Procedure and only subsequently will we allocate them to suitable themes. We anticipate forming additional thematic groups on the basis of the interests of the selected candidates and even dropping or amending some of the pre-announced themes.
  • Please use standard international fonts, do not use macros, special characters, password-protection, electronic signatures or logos.

Letters of Reference: 

  • Applicants should provide the names of a minimum of two and a maximum of three academic referees and ensure that at least two letters of reference are submitted online directly by the referees by the deadline 25 October. References will not be accepted after the deadline. 
  • References from current full-time or part-time EUI professors will not be accepted.

Your referees will be contacted and will be allowed to submit the reference  only after you have completed and registered the first step of the online application form including the names and contact details of referees. In order to receive the references in time by the deadline, you should register the referee details as soon as possible . This is possible any time and you do not yet need to submit the final version of your application at that time.

When you register your referees' contact details in the online application form, an email requesting a reference on your behalf is automatically sent to the referees you have nominated. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility to contact referees directly to inform them of your request, to verify that they have received the email request and to ensure that they submit the reference by the deadline. Please note that reference letters can be submitted by the registered referees (before the deadline) even after you have submitted your application. Registered referees may also submit the reference letter by email, contacting: ReferenceFellow@eui.eu

Note for Referees

Once the candidate has registered the details of his/her referees, each referee will receive an e-mail with access details for submitting the reference letter online. 

  • References should be submitted as PDF files. Please use standard international fonts, do not use macros, special characters, password-protection, electronic signatures or logos. 
  • Do not send a hard copy.
  • You may write in a language other than English, but English will guarantee the widest possible reading.
  • References from current full-time or part-time EUI professors will not be accepted.
  • If in doubt or if you prefer to submit your reference letter by email, please contact: ReferenceFellow@eui.eu

The deadline for submitting references is 25 October. Kindly note that the EUI encourages candidates to apply and register their referees as early as possible: the application process is open from early July to the 25 October deadline.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 Should you need any further clarification on the application procedure please consult the FAQs page.

Candidates with own funding

Candidates with their own funding are welcome to apply and will be selected according to the same criteria and procedures. They can do so by applying for a self-funded fellowship by the 25 March 2017 deadline.

A self-funded Max Weber Fellow should have a scholarship from a recognised National or International Research Funding Council or Charity (you can find examples on the Academic Careers Observatory website)  that covers living and research costs equivalent to 15.000 euro for 12 months (1.250 euro per month). This requirement may only be waived partially or completely in very special circumstances. 

The applications (CV, Career Statement, Research Proposal and proof of funding, all in PDF format) should be sent directly to externally-funded-mwf@eui.eu. Two confidential letters of reference (also in PDF) should be sent directly by the referees to the same email address.

Applications for self-funded fellowships are considered on a first-come basis for as long as there is capacity in the Max Weber Programme. 

Data protection policy

By registering/submitting application, you give your consent for processing the data as specified in the Privacy Statement for Application and Selection Procedures for EUI Post-Doctoral Programmes and in accordance with the EUI’s Data Protection Policy outlined in the President’s Decision No. 40 of 27 August 2013 regarding Data Protection at the EUI


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