The Max Weber Programme is Europe’s largest postdoctoral programme in the social sciences. It is funded by the European Commission (DG Education) and hosted by the European University Institute in Florence where the research community of professors, researchers and fellows provides an excellent environment for the Programme.
The Programme offers 1-2 year fellowships for junior post-docs who have received a doctorate in economics, social and political sciences, law or history within the last 5 years and who want to consolidate their research and training in an active multidisciplinary environment before entering the international job market, or who wish to develop their skills in advanced research and academic practice. 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
Max Weber Fellowships are open to 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 2010/2011 you should have received or submitted your Ph.D. between 1/9/2005 and 1/9/2010. Extensions to the five-year rule are allowed for applicants whose academic career has been interrupted for maternity leave or illness. 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.
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.
If applicable, family allowances will be added to the basic stipend: 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 certificates (marriage certificate or equivalent, birh certificates). A school or university certificate is required for dependent children in full-time education and over the age of 18.
MWP Fellowships are not taxed by the EUI, but are required to comply with any other tax provisions which may be applicable to them. Fellows must have adequate medical insurance cover during their stay at the Institute. Fellows (but not their families) receive 1 return trip from their home town to Florence as follows:
* 1st-class rail for distances under 500 km (car travel also
reimbursed on this basis)
* economy class Y air fare over 500 km
Reimbursement cannot be more than a Florence-Helsinki air fare. This may mean that travel expenses are only partly reimbursed for Fellows coming from outside Europe.
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