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

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Application deadline: March 15, 2016
The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) invites applications for doctoral fellowships. The recipients of the PhD fellowship will work under the supervision of Professor Jenny Andersson or Professor Olivier Godechot and will have to apply for formal enrollment in the doctoral program in sociology or political science of Sciences Po in Paris.
The thesis project should be linked to MaxPo’s research program focused on coping with
instability in market societies  and the interests of the two research group leaders. This leaves leeway for a substantial range of topics, however. The research themes should be located in economic sociology, political economy, economic or political history and can include:
  • Political, social and economic futures, forms of calculation, narration and futurity in the making of the economy, concepts of sustainability and (in) stability, austerity politics
  • Sociology of financial markets, labor markets and inequality, the political and social consequences of economic crises


  • The candidate will hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) and have received training in the following disciplines: sociology or political science, with additional training in related field such as economics, history, management, or philosophy.
  • He or she 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 are required.
Fellowship Worth:
  • € 2,188 per month (gross salary, about € 1,600 net); three-year contract starting on October 2016; one 12-week administrative requirement, preferably in the first year of the fellowship (to be negotiated with the PhD advisor); a one-semester research stay at the MPIfG in Cologne, preferably during the third year.
Application Procedure
Required documents (to be compiled into one PDF):
  • a CV
  • a transcript of records
  • a cover letter briefly describing your intellectual trajectory so far and discussing the themes that interest you (2 pages maximum)
  • a thesis project (5,000 words maximum)
  • an abstract summarizing the thesis project
  • a writing sample (such as an article, a thesis, or a 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 vincent.morandi@sciencespo.fr by March 15, 2016 (write “MaxPo PhD positions 2016” in the subject line). Incomplete files will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates can be invited for an online interview.
  • Final decisions will be made by mid-April 2016.
  • 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, 2016.
  • Administrative registration will occur in June 2016 by the Ecole doctorale of Sciences Po. All the details will be forwarded to the candidates selected for a MaxPo fellowship in April.

For More Information:

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