European University Institute - Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies

Scholarships

PostDOC Fellowship & Research

Location (s):

  • Italy
Badia Fiesolana - Via dei Roccettini 9, I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI)

Overview

The Max Weber Programme is the largest international postdoctoral programme in the Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe. It offers around 60 fully funded Fellowships to suitably qualified researchers from anywhere in the world who work in or across the relevant disciplines of the EUI (Economics, History, Law and Social and Political Sciences and their subfields). The working language of the Programme is English.

Details

The aim of the MWP is to provide Fellows with the experience of membership of a vibrant academic community, to which they make a central contribution. It is unique in offering a structured Programme covering all aspects of an academic career, including support for academic writing in English, applying for research grants,  the opportunity to teach in some of Europe’s leading universities and to develop a strategy for a successful approach to the academic labour market.

The MWP is a global programme at a global institution located in Italy. Like the Fellows, Professors and Researchers at the European University Institute come from across Europe - from Portugal to Russia, and beyond it -  from Asia and the Antipodes to North and Latin America, contributing their different academic traditions to the distinctive mix of the Institute. The language of the programme is English.The Programme is among the most selective – attracting circa 1200 applicants each year - in the fields of political and social sciences, economics, law and history for some 55-60 Fellowships.

The Programme awards 1, 2, and exceptionally 3 year long fellowships according to departments.

The MWP is unique among postdoctoral programmes in helping Fellows to become full members of a global academic community.

Fellows are given training and support in all aspects of an academic career – from publishing and presenting, teaching, applying for research grants and jobs. A particular focus is placed on communicating effectively in English to different kinds of academic audiences.

Its placement record is second to none: most Max Weber Fellows secure an academic position in the finest institutions around the world upon completion of the Programme.

Opportunity is About:


Eligibility

Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

  • 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 supporting document showing that the candidate has written the doctorate, or published an article or a book chapter of at least 6000 words in English, or has studied and hold a qualification from a University where the language of instruction and assessment was English. Native English speakers are exempt of proof.

Dates:

Deadline: October 18, 2020


Cost/funding for participants:

Duration

Fellowships are awarded for:

  • 12 months for all applicants to the Department of History and Civilization (HEC) and Law (LAW)
  • 12 or 24 months for applicants to the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) or the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS). 
  • Standardly 24 months or exceptionally 36 months for ECO applicants.  

Candidates in relevant disciplines must indicate the preferred period in their application (12, 24 or 36 months). The EUI reserves the right to determine the length of the award, be it 12,  24 or 36 months. The period offered will be indicated in the award letter.

All Fellowships run from September to August.

In the case a fellow arrives after the beginning of September or leaves before the fellowship ends (i.e. before 20 July), the grant will be accordingly reduced/terminated, and no grant will be paid for the month of August.

Residence

Fellows are required to live in the area of Florence for the duration of their Fellowship so that they may play an active part in the programme and in the academic activities of their department. 

Grant

The basic grant is 2,000 EUR per month.

Fellows in the Departments of Economics (ECO) and Political and Social Sciences (SPS) who stay on for a second year may have the possibility of applying for a Part-time professor contract (level PR9/1) for 12 months involving some teaching duties and mentoring Ph.D. researchers, subject to the teaching needs of the department. This appointment and the work involved would need to be agreed with the Department and the Director of the Max Weber Programme and approved by the EUI Executive Committee. The gross remuneration would be approximately 1000 EUR per month, which would be approximately 820 EUR after deductions. This would be in addition to the basic grant of 2000 EUR per month and would involve no deduction from the grant.

Successful applicants who receive other grants or salaries must disclose this to the EUI. The amount of the Fellowship will be fixed at a lower rate (minimum 1,250 EUR per month) depending on the amount of the additional income (upon production of relevant supporting documents).

If applicable, family allowances will be added to the basic grant (see below). 

Family Allowance

A household allowance of up to 300 EUR per month is paid to Fellows with a partner if the partner lives with them in Florence and on condition that the partner's income is less than 2,000 EUR per month. The sum of income and allowance can not exceed 2,000 EUR per month (i.e. if the income is more than 1,700 EUR, the allowance will be paid only to top up to 2,000 EUR).

There is a dependants allowance of 200 EUR per month for each dependent child if they live with the Fellow in Florence.

Fellows are entitled to these allowances if they are not receiving any similar allowance from another source, and on presentation of relevant documents (marriage certificate or a document that proves that you are living together in Florence, birth certificates).

A school or university certificate is required for dependent children in full-time education and over the age of 18.

The MWP operates a maternity leave policy whereby Fellows who give birth during their Fellowship are eligible to up to four months paid maternity leave, with their Fellowship being extended accordingly. Fellows who will give birth between notification of the award of the Fellowship and its commencement the following September may request to defer the Fellowship for a year.

Taxation

The Fellowship is not taxed by the Institute. Fellows are, however, required to comply with any other tax provisions which may be applicable to them. 

Medical Insurance

Fellows must have adequate medical insurance cover during their stay at the Institute.

Fellows can either provide proof of their own insurance scheme or subscribe to the EUI's Cigna Insurance Scheme at their own expense.

Research Expenses

All Fellows receive 1000 EUR a year for eligible research expenses, such as attendance at conferences. An additional 500 EUR can be awarded at the discretion of the Director for Fellows on the job market. Economics fellows on the job market in the second or third year receive 2000 EUR.

Travel Expenses

Fellows (but not their families) receive reimbursement for the incoming trip from their place of origin to Florence, and for the outgoing trip to their destination at the end of their fellowship.

  • First-class rail (travel by car is also reimbursed on this basis)
  • Economy class air fare

The maximum amount for travel reimbursement is 1,200 EUR including both incoming and outgoing trip. Reimbursement of higher amounts and any extra costs can be authorized by the Programme Director upon a justified special request. Taxi expenses are not reimbursed.

Removal/installation Expenses

There is no provision for removal or installation expenses.

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