• Candidates must have received their Ph.D within the past 5 years or have official approval to defend their thesis by the time of the start of the programme (1 September).  Therefore, to apply for 2021-22 they should have received or submitted their Ph.D. between 1/9/2016 and 1/9/2021 and the Ph.D. defence should take place no later than 31/12/2021.
  • Extensions to the five-year rule are allowed for applicants whose academic career has been interrupted for maternity or paternity leave, illness or mandatory military service. Cite circumstances in the application form in the field 'Additional Notes'. Successful candidates will be asked to provide supporting documents. 
  • EUI graduates can only apply for a Max Weber Fellowships after having been away from the EUI and in a full-time occupation or another fellowship for at least a year after defending their Ph.D
  • Candidates of any nationality are eligible for the Max Weber Fellowships.  
  • The expected level of English proficiency is level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). English certificate is not requested as part of the application, but successful candidates will be requested to provide a certificate/supporting document on registration. This can be one of the international certificates listed below, or a document showing that the candidate has written the doctorate, or published an article or a book chapter of at least 6,000 words, in English, or has pursued post-graduate studies in an English language degree programme. Native English speakers are exempt of proof.

    The following international certificates of English proficiency are recognised by the EUI.


International Certificates of English Proficiency recognised by the EUI
 Type of certificate Expected test score, considered equivalent to level C1 of the CEFR
  • From 7.5
  • From 110
  • Cambridge Proficiency
  • A/B/C
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • A/B


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