Application as a (Post)Doc

Admission Requirements and Procedures

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Anyone with outstanding examination results in one of the academic disciplines represented at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, and who submits a proposal that elicits the interest and support of the Kolleg staff, can be accepted as a doctoral candidate or a postdoctoral researcher. PhDs are to be completed within three years, and so scholarships are generally awarded for a similar duration. The Kolleg actively collaborates with partner institutions that fund doctoral scholarships, and actively supports scholarship applications to these institutions. A scholarship package usually provides €1100/month for living expenses to each doctoral candidate, and €1500/month to each post-doctoral candidate. Every candidate is allocated work space at the Kolleg, and candidates are required to live in Erfurt.

Candidates not in need of a scholarship can still apply for a doctoral or post-doctoral position at the Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurt. The Kolleg hopes especially to recruit young PhD candidates (generally under the age of 30) from abroad. Post-doctoral fellows should as a rule not be older than 35.

Doctoral and post-doctoral fellows are expected to participate fully in the Center’s interdisciplinary research and study programme, as previously described. Finally, proficiency in German and English, both written and spoken, is a condition of admission.

The University of Erfurt aims to increase the percentage of women in academia and therefore urges female candidates to apply.

In order to apply, the following documents must be submitted:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation for applying to the Max Weber College;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Copy of the first university degree and, if applicable, the doctoral certificate;
  • a copy of the final thesis or doctoral dissertation (summary in German or English, if in another language);
  • Expert opinion of a university lecturer;
  • Exposé of the research project (approx. 5-10 pages, the exposé should present the research question, the research status, the methodological approach and the leading hypotheses, and include a work plan and time schedule);
  • Declaration of consent for data protection

Please, send your application

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Direktor des Max-Weber-Kollegs
Universität Erfurt
Postfach 900221
99105 Erfurt

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