Max Planck Institute & International Criminal Law Research Scholarships

Deadline: 31 March 2016
Open to: international applicants with doctoral diploma 
Scholarships: Doctoral scholarships EUR 1,365 per month/Post-doctoral scholarships EUR 2,100 per month/Research scholarships for foreign professors provide EUR 2,300 per month


Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law offers foreign researchers the possibility of obtaining a scholarship. Scholarships are typically granted for a period of between two and four months.  Of special interest to the Department of Criminal Law are research projects concerning comparative law, European criminal law, international criminal law, economic crime, terrorism, organized crime, and information law. Of interest to the Department of Criminology are topics covering criminal sanctions, dangerous offenders, empirical research on criminal procedure, organized crime, terrorism and domestic security, victimization, social change, changes in life circumstances, crime, and crime control.


  • Foreign researchers;
  • Preference is given to those researchers whose work promotes and advances the goals of the research program and the research focuses of the Institute.


The Max Planck Society grants scholarships of various amounts in line with the academic qualifications of the applicant:

  • Doctoral scholarships for foreign doctoral students provide  EUR  1,365 per month (as of 12/2012; subject to change);
  • Post-doctoral scholarships for foreign post-doctoral researchers provide EUR 2,100  per month (as of 12/2012; subject to change);
  • Research scholarships for foreign professors provide EUR 2,300  per month (as of 12/2012; subject to change).

Travel expenses to and from Freiburg are not covered by the scholarship. If travel expenses are particularly high, you are recommended to seek assistance from appropriate international organizations.

How to Apply?

To apply for the scholarship, please fill out and submit the questionnaire, along with copies of the following required documents:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Publication list;
  • Research plan;
  • University transcript;
  • Doctoral diploma;
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable);
  • Birth certificate of your child/ren;
  • Residence permit;
  • Proof of health insurance.

Applications can be made either to the Department of Criminal Law (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich Sieber) or to the Department of Criminology (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jörg Albrecht). Applications should be submitted latest by 31 March 2016 to:

Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht
– Stipendienstelle d. Verwaltung –
Günterstalstr. 73
79100 Freiburg i. Br.

For more information, please visit the official website.

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