Dissertation fellowships

The Department “Law & Anthropology” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology invites applications for Dissertation writing-up fellowships for 4 months; deadline 15 September 2021



The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is one of the leading centres for research in social anthropology. Common to all research projects at the institute is the comparative analysis of social change; it is primarily in this domain that its researchers contribute to anthropological theory, though many programmes also have applied significance and political topicality.

The Department “Law & Anthropology” invites applications for Dissertation writing-up fellowships (m/f/d).

One of the aims of the Law & Anthropology Department is to offer a stimulating interdisciplinary forum where both anthropologists and lawyers can engage with one another and conduct cutting-edge, policy-relevant research linked to the intensification of exchanges and encounters among and between societies, communities and cultures in today’s world. This calls for an in-depth assessment of the ways in which different normative orders and systems of morality coexist at various levels of decision-making.
The Law & Anthropology Department offers writing-up fellowships to enable doctoral candidates in the final stage of their programme to spend up to 4 months at the Institute to take advantage of its resources while finalizing their dissertations. The topic must be of immediate relevance to the Department’s research programme. The fellow should be prepared to participate in the activities of the Department during the fellowship period, and is expected to submit a working paper that addresses the topic of his or her research. A presentation of the doctoral research will be included in the Department’s seminar series.
A clear understanding must be reached in advance between the Director of the Department and the candidate’s principal supervisor regarding how the candidate can take fullest advantage of this period and how the home university and the Max Planck Institute can collaborate in the best interests of the candidate and of both institutions.

Our offer
The writing-up fellowships can begin either in February 2022 or September 2022. The grants will be awarded for a period of maximum 4 months. The Institute provides successful candidates with a monthly living stipend that is not taxable and is free of social security obligations.

Application procedure
Please submit your application materials electronically by 30 September 2021 by following the link for vacancies on our homepage (under ‘Career’), or by going directly to the online application form using the link below.

Applicants are asked to submit the following materials:
₋    cover letter;
₋    curriculum vitae;
₋    writing sample (chapter of the PhD dissertation);
₋    1-2 page summary of the PhD work;
₋    photocopies of university degrees and transcripts;
₋    a letter of recommendation from the principal supervisor confirming that the applicant is advanced enough to finalize the doctoral manuscript within the period financed by the Law & Anthropology Department (to be sent directly to the Department at marencakova(at)eth.mpg.de).

If you have further questions regarding the application procedure, please contact:
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Personnel Administration
Janka Diallo (jdiallo(at)eth.mpg.de)

We look forward to receiving your completed online application.


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Janka Diallo

jdiallo[ at ]eth.mpg.de