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Doctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies

Application deadline: 15 March 2017

The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo, invites applications for doctoral fellowships. PhD 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 political science or sociology at Sciences Po in Paris.

Applicants' research interests should fall into the area of MaxPo's research program, "Coping with instability in market societies" 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 located in economic sociology, political economy, economic or political history and can include:

  • The intellectual, political, and economic history of neoliberalism, elite and mass politics, marketisation of social life, concepts of democracy, politics, and progress since 1970s, consequences of neoliberalism;
  • Sociology of financial markets, labor markets and inequality, team dynamics in organizations and labor markets, the political and social consequences of economic crises.

    Eligibility: The candidate 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 such as economics, management, philosophy, or anthropology. S/he should have experience with qualitative and quantitative methods. There is no nationality requirement; however, a firm command of English and working knowledge of French or German is required.

    Fellowship conditions: € 2,188/month (gross salary, about € 1,600 net); three-year contract starting in October 2017; 12-week period of administrative service to MaxPo, preferably in the first year of the fellowship (to be negotiated with the PhD advisor); a one-semester research stay at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne, preferably during the third year. The MaxPo PhD program runs in close collaboration with the program at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, and we offer the possibility of a co-tutelle.

    Application Procedure

    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 (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 by 15 March 2017 (with “MaxPo PhD positions 2017” in the subject line). Incomplete files will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an online interview. Final decisions will be made by mid-April 2017.

    Please also note that successful candidates will need to apply for admission through the online procedure of the Ecole doctorale of Sciences Po before 25 April 2017. Administrative registration will occur in June 2017 through the Ecole doctorale of Sciences Po. All the details will be forwarded in April 2017 to the candidates selected for a MaxPo fellowship.

    Postdoctoral Fellowship

    MaxPo does not offer funded postdoctoral positions. However, we are happy to consider supporting young scholars wishing to apply for outside funding if their topics fit well with the MaxPo research agenda. Please contact the directors for further information.



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