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Statistics on Max Weber Fellows and Applicants

This page offers a summary of statistics about the Max Weber Programme


Applications to the Max Weber Fellowships 2020-2021

For the Fellowships of 2020-2021, the Max Weber Programme had received 1,071 applications from 94 different countries. This number is a bit higher than the previous year (1,058).

As in other years the appeal of the Programme reached out globally and applications came in from around the world (Figure 1).

Applications by world region in 2018 and 2019 (Figure 1)


The European region remains by a long shot the strongest contributor of applications (637), followed by Asia (637) and North America (150).

Italy takes the lion’s share of applications (154) (Figure 2), followed by the US (121), the United Kingdom (71), France and Germany (each 48).

Applications 2019 by country of origin (top 20 countries) (Figure 2)



The gender ratio among applicants is slightly in favour of males (57%).

The gender distribution by department instead reveals a degree of disparity by discipline (Figure 3). Applications by women to the department of Economics are one third (31%). History and Political and Social Sciences also show a gender gap in favour of men, whilst the Robert Schuman Centre instead seems to appeal more to women (65%) than men (35%). 

Gender ratio of applicants by department (Figure 3)


The department of Political and Social Sciences received the largest share of applications (402), followed by History and Civilization with 366 (44 more applications than in 2018), LAW (142), ECO (92) and The Robert Schuman Centre (69) (Figure 4).

Applications by department (Figure 4)


Page last updated on 27 October 2020