Max Weber Programme (MWP) for Postdoctoral Studies at the European University Institute (EUI)

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The Max Weber Programme is the largest international postdoctoral programme in the Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe. It offers around 50-55 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.

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.

Eligibility

The Programme, open to all nationalities, is designed for junior post-docs who have received a doctorate in economics, law, history, social and political sciences, or a related field, within the last 5 years and who want to advance in their research and academic training, in an active multidisciplinary environment before entering the international job market, or in the early stages of their academic careers. Fellows are selected on the basis of their research accomplishments and potential, their academic career interests, and the availability of the EUI faculty to provide mentorship. Fellows are supported and encouraged to pursue their research agendas and participate in the research activities of the EUI, and in particular, the research activities of the Max Weber Programme and of the EUI Departments with which they are affiliated.

Benefits

The basic grant 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.

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

Family Allowance

A household allowance of € 300 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 not over € 2,000 per month.

There is a dependants allowance of € 200 per month for each dependent child living 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.

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 Van Breda Insurance Scheme at their own expense.

Travel Expenses

Fellows (but not their families) receive reimbursement for one return trip from their home town to Florence.

First-class rail (travel by car is also reimbursed on this basis but requires prior authorization) Economy class air fare

The maximum amount for travel reimbursement is €1,200 for return travel.

Removal/installation Expenses

There is no provision for removal or installation expenses.

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