Who Can Apply?
The Programme is open to applicants who are within 5 years of the completion of their Ph.D. from anywhere in the world, regardless of nationality, and is not restricted to citizens of the EU. All things being equal, preference is given to those who have recently completed a doctorate, not had a postdoctoral position before and/or are on the job market. The language of the programme is English and applicants must fulfil the English language requirements as outlined in the section on Eligibility.
To ensure a richness of perspectives and experiences, the EUI is committed to actively recruiting from a diverse pool of applicants. We encourage candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as those who identify as belonging to groups that are underrepresented in higher education to apply. Candidates are invited to provide any information that may be relevant to the application under “Further information” -> ”Additional notes” in the application form.
The EUI Spreading Excellence Programme can provide support for Early-Stage Researchers from the so-called Widening countries* and we encourage candidates from these countries to apply.
Applicants for Max Weber Fellowships who are nationals and/or residents (please check details on eligibility) of Finland, Greece, Poland, Slovenia or Japan may be considered for the grant schemes (see the last tab of this section) that are run by funding bodies in these countries.
For How Long?
The length of the Max Weber Fellowships varies by the academic unit to which the Fellows are affiliated.
- The Department of Law (LAW) and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) only offer 1 year Fellowships.
- The Department of Economics (ECO) and the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) offer both 1 year and 2 year Fellowships. Fellows in these Departments who stay on for a second year will have the possibility of applying for a Part-time assistant professor contract (level ASSPR6/3) for 12 months involving some teaching duties and mentoring Ph.D. researchers: net remuneration would be approximately 850 EUR in addition to the monthly grant.
- The Department of History (HEC) offers both 1 year and 2 year Fellowships. One of the two-year fellows can be affiliated with the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre on European Integration, co-directed by the Chair of History of European Integration, Prof. Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol.
In the second year the fellow is expected to act as Research Coordinator of the Centre, which includes research related to the Centre’s interests, contributing to the organisation of the Centre’s events, and working with the co-Directors to develop new projects. Candidates can express their interest in the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre affiliation under “Further information” in the application form.
- The School of Transnational Governance (STG) only offers 2 year Fellowships. During the second year, fellows affiliated with STG are expected to take part in the activities of the School, including some teaching.
Candidates for ECO, HEC and SPS are asked to indicate the desired length of their Fellowship (1 or 2 years) when applying. Candidates for LAW and RSCAS can only stipulate 1 year, and candidates for STG only 2 years. All Fellowships run from September to August. The EUI reserves the right to determine the length of the award, be it 12 or 24 months. The period offered will be indicated in the award letter.
* Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine