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Doctoral Fellowships

Application deadline: March 15, 2018


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

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; job polarization; 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 (IMPRS-SPCE) in Cologne. Together, we offer the possibility of a double doctorate (cotutelle de thèse).

    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 is required.

    Fellowship conditions:
    2,188 euros (monthly gross salary); three-year contract starting in October 2018; including a 12-week period of administrative service to MaxPo and a research stay at the IMPRS-SPCE in Cologne.

    Application Procedure
    Required documents (to be compiled into one PDF):

  • 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 by March 15, 2018 (with "MaxPo PhD positions 2018" 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 2018.

    Please also note that successful candidates will need to apply for admission through the online procedure of the Ecole doctorale of Sciences Po before April 25, 2018. Administrative registration will occur in June 2018 through the Ecole doctorale. Detailed instructions will be forwarded in April 2018 to the candidates selected for a MaxPo fellowship.


    Postdoctoral Fellowships

    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.


    Visiting Fellow Research Stays in Paris

    Visiting Fellows at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies

    Application deadline: April 30, 2018

    The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) is welcoming applications from senior academics for
    2–4-month research stays at Sciences Po in the heart of Paris.

    Established in 2012 by the Max Planck Society and Sciences Po Paris, MaxPo is a Franco-German center in the social sciences. Its research focuses on investigating how individuals, organizations, and politics are coping with the increased instability that has developed in Western societies during the last forty years due to liberalization policies and cultural shifts. Research at the Center is led by two co-directors, Jenny Andersson and Olivier Godechot.

    MaxPo's research agenda can be found at We encourage researchers with projects in economic and financial sociology, political economy, economic history and political history to apply.

    MaxPo offers office space, a round-trip ticket, and a stipend to help cover accommodation expenses in Paris. Applicants must have their own additional funding to cover living expenses. Visiting fellows will present their work in MaxPo's seminar program.

    Please send a cover letter, CV, and a short description (1 to 2 pages) of your research project, by April 30, 2018 for stays planned for the period September 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 to .

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