How to Apply

Before Proceeding

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

Application Form – Register Early, Submit by the Deadline

Applications Deadline

  • The deadline for applications was 18 October 2020 at 24:00 (Florence Time).
  • Max Weber applicants to the ECO Department were allowed to submit late applications which were  considered until all the positions were filled.
  • Candidates with external funding are welcome to apply and will be selected according to the same criteria and procedures. They can do so by applying by the 25 March 2021 deadline.

Applications have to be submitted through the Online 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 18 October

Once you have registered your application you may continue to work on the application details and attachments until the deadline of 18 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 may additionally indicate if you think your research will fit with one of the following five “Interdisciplinary Research Clusters”:
    • Democracy in the 21st century
    • Inequality, welfare and social justice
    • Crisis of expert knowledge and authority
    • Technological change and society
    • Eastern Europe as a laboratory of change (to be confirmed).

The application form will also ask you to indicate whether you would be interested in any of the Interdisciplinary Research Clusters or not.

  • There is no advantage in indicating fit with a cluster. Candidates will be selected according to the Selection Criteria and Selection Procedure and only subsequently will we allocate them to suitable clusters. 
  • 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 18 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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

The deadline for submitting references is 18 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 18 October deadline.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

Candidates with external funding

Candidates with  funding from an external source are welcome to apply and will be selected according to the same criteria and procedures. They can do so by applying for an externally funded fellowship by the 25 March 2021 deadline.

An externally 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 [email protected]

Two confidential letters of reference (also in PDF) should be sent directly by the referees to the same email address.

Applications for externally 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 EUI Data Protection Policy (Decision of the President No. 10 of 18 February 2019).


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Page last updated on 17 August 2017

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