Scholarship Description: Applications are invited for Doctoral Fellowships at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies. There is no nationality requirement; these fellowships are available for students of all nationalities.
Scholarship Provider: The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) is a Franco-German research centre which was jointly founded in 2012 by the Max Planck Society and Sciences Po at the initiative of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne. The Center’s research investigates how individuals, organizations, and nation-states are coping with the new forms of economic and social instability that have developed in Western societies as a result of policy shifts, the expansion of markets, technological advances, and cultural changes. Located at Sciences Po Paris and cooperating closely with the MPIfG, the Center aims to contribute substantially to the social sciences in Europe and to enrich academic and political dialogue between France and Germany.
Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.
Degree Level: Fellowships are available to pursue Doctoral degree program.
Available Subject: 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. We 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; segregation at work; 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, we offer the possibility of a double doctorate (cotutelle de thèse).
Scholarship Benefits: 2,188 euros (monthly gross salary); three-year contract starting in October 2019; including a 12-week period of administrative service to MaxPo and a research stay at the IMPRS-SPCE in Cologne.
Eligible Nationalities: There is no nationality requirement; their fellowships are available for students of all nationalities.
Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Candidates will 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 are required.
Required documents (to be compiled into a single PDF file): a CV; a transcript of records from each institution attended; a cover letter briefly describing your intellectual trajectory so far and discussing the topics that interest you (2 pages maximum); a thesis project proposal (5,000 words maximum); a project title; an abstract summarizing your thesis project; a writing sample (such as an article, thesis, or term paper); if possible, we strongly encourage 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 allison.rovny-at-sciencespo.fr by 15 March 2019 (with “MaxPo PhD positions 2019” 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 2019.
Deadline: March 15, 2019