Max Weber PhD Fellowship in Florence, Italy

Deadline: 25 October 2013 (25 March 2014 for self- funded fellowships)
Open to: 
PhD applicants in Social and Human Sciences from all nationalities
Fellowship: € 2,000 per month


The overall aim of the Max Weber Programme (MWP), the largest postdoctoral training programme in the Social and Human Sciences in the world, is to support the fellows in the development of a successful academic career.

The most important benefits of the programme lie in the professional schooling it offers fellows. To this end they are affiliated with one of the EUI teaching departments, where they participate in seminars and workshops. Within the MWP, a broad variety of activities are organized for the fellows throughout the year with an individual focus on really developing to be internationally competitive. The Max Weber Programme is geared to developing the academic skills of postdoctoral fellows, while leaving ample time for individual research agendas.


The Fellowships are awarded for 12 or 24 months. Candidates should indicate the preferred period in their application. The EUI reserves the right to award 12 months due to the high demand for MWP Fellowships. The period will be indicated in the award letter. Extensions or renewals are not allowed.

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

The basic stipend is € 2,000 per month. 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 per month) depending on the amount of the additional income.

More information about the conditions of the fellowship is AVAILABLE HERE.


Candidates who have received their Ph.D. or officially been accepted for defense by the time of the start of the programme (1 September).

Candidates are eligible during the five-year period following the successful completion of their Ph.D. For example, to apply for 2014/2015 you should have received or submitted your Ph.D. betweeen 1/9/2009 and 1/9/2014 and the Ph.D. defense should take place no later than 31/12/2014.

Extensions to the five-year rule are allowed for applicants whose academic career has been interrupted for maternity leave, illness or mandatory military service. Cite circumstances in the application in the field ‘Additional Notes’. Successful candidates will be asked to provide supporting documents.

EUI graduates can only apply for Max Weber Fellowships after having been away from the EUI and in a full-time occupation or with another fellowship for at least one year after defending their Ph.D.

Candidates of all nationalities are eligible for the Max Weber Fellowships.


If you want to apply, fill in the application form HEREThe deadline for applications is 25 October 2013 for the academic year 2014/2015but applications for self-funded fellowships will be considered until 25 March 2014.

Before you apply:

  • See the EligibilityConditions of Award and Selection Criteria related to the MWP.
  • Prepare your CV with a list of publications in PDF.
  • Prepare a ‘Research and academic career statement’ briefly explaining your career ambitions and research plans (1-3 pages) in PDF.
  • The statement should include a summary of research contributions and interests, academic career plans, fields of specialization, and teaching experience. A detailed research and academic plan is not required but, if possible, a reference should be made to how a Max Weber Fellowship can contribute to achieve your career goals.

For further information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions page HERE.

Questions may be directed to the organizers at or by phone at +39 055 4685 377. For further details, review the official website HERE.

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