Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies / University of ErfurtErfurt
This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie
grant agreement No 665958.
MWK-FELLOWS COFUND Fellowship
Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and
Social Studies at the University of Erfurt for
Experienced Researchers -
Academic Year 2019/20
The Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies (Max-Weber-
Kolleg) at the University of Erfurt is a highly ranked international research
centre. It is unique in its organizational structure by combining the functions
of an institute for advanced study and a graduate school. Its ’Weberian’
research programme combines historical, comparative and interdisciplinary
perspectives with an interest in normative issues in the social sciences. It
has a focus on contemporary social challenges, especially those arising in
connection with (religious) plurality, cultural diversity and social processes
of acceleration and growth. The core disciplines at the Max-Weber-Kolleg are
sociology, economics, religious studies, law, philosophy, history and theology.
Within its fellowship programme "MWK-FELLOWS" the Max-Weber-Kolleg
offers (up to)
10 Fellowships for Experienced Researchers
The fellowships will be awarded to experienced researchers who are conducting
advanced interdisciplinary research in cultural and social studies. The current
call invites applications for fellowships for the academic year 2019/20. The
fellowships will be awarded for 12 months (01 September 2019 - 31 August
2020). In exceptional cases an extension for another year is possible. All
experienced researchers regardless of seniority are invited to apply. This call
is also open for researchers who are currently working outside academia but
are interested in re-entering an academic environment of work.
Successful applicants are expected to work during their stay on their own
research project to be accomplished within one year. In addition to being
involved in an intellectually vibrant community of interdisciplinary researchers
by participating in the advanced study programme of colloquia, guest lectures
etc. Fellows will be supported by targeted personal training, and, where
appropriate, research stays at cooperating academic institutions or secondments
to partner institutions from the non-academic sector.
Research Experience: Applicants must have a doctoral degree or at least an
equivalent of four years of full-time research experience at the application
deadline. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the
date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle
him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the
degree was obtained or in Germany, irrespective of whether a doctorate is
or was ever envisaged.
Mobility Rule: Applicants can be of any nationality, but at the time of application
they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies
etc.) in Germany for more than twelve months in the three years immediately
prior to the application deadline. Compulsory national service and short stays
such as holidays are not taken into account.
Support: Applicants must propose a research project that can be particularly
well supported at the Max-Weber-Kolleg. To fulfill this requirement, applicants
must explain in detail in their motivation letter which research group at the
Max-Weber-Kolleg can provide this support.
Furthermore they must identify in their motivation letter at least one relevant
researcher from a research group at the Max-Weber-Kolleg who has specific
expertise in the field of the applicant’s proposed project and with whom the
applicant would like to work during the fellowship.
A complete list of research groups and research centres at the Max-Weber-
Kolleg can be accessed under the following link: https://www.uni-erfurt.de/index.php?id=11379&L=1Ethical Issues: The research project must propose research that is not excluded
from EU funding due to ethical issues.
The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer in compliance with
the Thuringian Equal Opportunities Act (Thüringer Gleichstellungsgesetz).
Handicapped applicants are given preference in cases of equal qualification.
The University of Erfurt does not refund any costs incurred in the application
INFORMATION ON DATA PROTECTION
With the submission of your application you agree to the processing of your
personal data in the context of and for the execution of the application process.
The consent may be revoked in writing or electronically at any time without
stating any reasons to the person(s)/unit(s) indicated in the respective job
advertisement or to the controller responsible for the processing. Please note
that any revocation of the consent will result in the fact that your application
may no longer be taken into consideration in the current application process
For further information on data protection in particular in accordance with
Article 13 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), please refer
to the Information sheet („Data protection information for applicants“) on our
website at https://www.uni-erfurt.de/personal-und-recht/ausschreibungen/.
Applicants are strictly required to submit all necessary documents in German
or English only via the online application portal (applications via email will
not be accepted):
completed online application form
curriculum vitae including a list of publications (please make sure that for
all periods in which you were employed, received a stipend, fellowship or
grant, or stayed abroad you mention the exact dates, on which the period
started and ended in the following format: DD/MM/YYYY)
Copy of the degree certificate and transcript of the most recently completed
university degree (degree certificates which are not originally issued in
German or English have to be translated; the translation has to be officially
certified; you must submit both the scan of the original degree certificate
and the scan of the officially certified translation)
Electronic copies of either three reviewed journal publications or one
individually authored book, or a copy of the doctoral thesis
Motivation letter which explains the reasons for the application for the
programme, particularly why the proposed research project can be
excellently supported at the Max-W eber-Kolleg
Names and contact details of three proposed independent external referees
Research proposal (3000 to a maximum of 5000 words, excluding bibliography).
The proposals must include a brief summary of 10 lines before the main text
and must have the following structure: state of the art, main questions,
methodology, a detailed work schedule
Completed and signed Ethical Issue Form
Proof of research experience: in case applicants do not hold a PhD-degree,
a minimum of 4 years full-time equivalent research experience at the call
deadline has to be documented
Deadline for applications: 1 October 2018
The online application portal opens on 1 September 2018. Incomplete
applications will not be considered. For detailed information on the required
documents, the selection process and the online application portal go to our
website at: www.uni-erfurt.de/max-weber-kolleg/mwk-fellows
MWK-FELLOWS will be appointed on the basis of a regular employment contract
with the University of Erfurt according to the German Civil Service Collective
Agreement (TV-L, pay grade E 13). Alternatively, fellows have the opportunity
to stay in a current employment contract with their home universities
under the precondition of an accepted leave of absence. The University of
Erfurt will compensate the home universities for their costs of replacement
as well as the fellows for their additional costs up to a defined sum.
MWK-FELLOWS will receive an individual research and a training budget. They
will be provided with a fully equipped workplace and have full access to the
academic infrastructure (e. g. library loan, web space).
Further Information about the Max-Weber-Kolleg and the MWK-FELLOWS
fellowship programme can be found at: www.uni-erfurt.de/max-weber-kolleg
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