Dissertation Writing-up Fellowships

The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology's Law & Anthropology Department invites applications for Dissertation Writing-up Fellowships; deadline: 30 November 2022



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 Max Planck 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 Law & Anthropology Department invites applications for

Dissertation Writing-up Fellowships


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.

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 2023 or September 2023. 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.

The Max Planck Society strives to ensure gender equality and diversity.


Please submit your application materials electronically by 30 November 2022 by following the link for vacancies on our homepage (under ‘Career’), or by going directly to the vacancies page.

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
Carolin Klevenow (klevenow[ at ]eth.mpg.de)

We look forward to receiving your completed online application.