Postdoctoral and Research Scholarships 2017 The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History

The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPIeR) will be awarding several scholarships for a research stay at the institute in 2017.

Postdoc Scholarships enable highly qualified researchers from abroad who already obtained a PhD to either develop a new research topic in a thematically relevant context or to pursue an already existing project. Established researchers from abroad who have received their PhD more than 10 years ago can apply for a Research Scholarship, which enables them to come to the institute as a guest in order to pursue their own research project at the MPIeR.

For 2017 the research subjects are:

Department I – Professor Stefan Vogenauer

  • Legal transfer in the common law world
  • History of European Union Law
  • Fundamental issues concerning legal reception

Department II – Professor Thomas Duve

  • Legal history of Latin America in early modern and modern periods
  • Methods of legal history in a global perspective
  • Law and Diversity: legal historical perspectives

For a group of international researchers who already hold doctoral degrees and wish to pursue a joint research project, it is possible to jointly apply for scholarships at the MPIeR.

The scholarships are awarded for a period of three or six months. The research stay usually starts at the beginning of Jan./April/July/Oct. The amount of the scholarship awarded is dependent on the scholarship holder’s level of qualification. Post-docs receive 2100.00 € per month and research scholarship holders receive 2300.00 € per month. Those researchers employed either in Germany or abroad have the option of receiving expenditures compensation instead of a scholarship.

The MPIeR has rental apartments, available on a monthly basis. All scholarship holders are required, depending on availability, to utilise them. For more information, please visit our website (

Researchers should apply online via our application management system and need to submit the completed application form, including a curriculum vitae and a complete list of publications. Furthermore, three major publications from within the last five years must be submitted as PDF files and the names of two evaluators should be listed, who can be called upon for a statement regarding the proposed project.

The selection will be based on a 2-4 page project outline providing an overview of the current state of the project as well as a working plan. The connection(s) of the proposed project to the existing research being carried out at the institute should be made explicit.

Applications must be submitted by March 31st 2016.

More information can be found here.

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