Doctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck-Sciences Po Center

Deadline: 15 March 2018
Open to: international applicants
Fellowship: 2 188 EUR (monthly gross salary)


The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) in Paris invites applications for doctoral fellowships. Fellowship recipients will work under the supervision of Prof. Jenny Andersson or Prof. Olivier Godechot and are required to apply for formal enrollment in the doctoral program in sociology or political science at Sciences Po in Paris.

Applicants’ research interests should fall into the area of MaxPo’s research program, and their PhD project proposal should fit into one of the two research groups at MaxPo. They welcome original and independent proposals. Research topics should be situated in economic sociology, political economy, or economic or political history and can include:

  • The intellectual, political, and economic history of neoliberalism;
  • Elite and mass politics; the marketization of social life;
  • Concepts of democracy, politics, and progress since the 1970s;
  • The consequences of neoliberalism;

Labor markets and inequality; job polarization; team dynamics and team splits in organizations, firms, and political parties; the sociology of financial markets; the political and social consequences of economic crises.

The MaxPo PhD program runs in close collaboration with the doctoral program of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRSSPCE) in Cologne. Together, they offer the possibility of a double doctorate (cotutelle de thèse).


  • Candidates need to hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) and have received training in the following disciplines: history, sociology, or political science, with additional training in related fields.
  • They should have experience with qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • There is no nationality requirement; however, a firm command of English and a working knowledge of French is required.


  • 2,188 EUR (monthly gross salary);
  • Three-year contract starting in October 2018;
  • Including a 12-week period of administrative service to MaxPo and a research stay at the IMPRS-SPCE in Cologne.

How to Apply?

Required documents (to be compiled into a single PDF file):

  • CV;
  • Transcript of records from each institution attended;
  • Cover letter briefly describing your intellectual trajectory so far and discussing the topics that interest you (2 pages maximum);
  • Thesis project proposal (5,000 words maximum); a project title;
  • An abstract summarizing your thesis project;
  • Writing sample (such as an article, thesis, or term paper);
  • If possible, it is strongly encourageable for you to obtain one or more letters of recommendation (a letter from your MA advisor would be especially useful).

Please email the complete file to by 15 March 2018 (with “MaxPo PhD positions 2018” in the subject line). Incomplete files will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview. Final decisions will be made by mid-April 2018.

Please also note that successful candidates will need to apply for admission through the online procedure of the École doctorale de Sciences Po before 25 April 2018. Administrative registration will occur in June 2018 through the École doctorale. Detailed instructions will be forwarded in April 2018 to the candidates selected for a MaxPo fellowship.

For more information please visit the official website.