Max Planck Institute’s Scholarship for International Researchers in Germany


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Deadline: February 15, 2016.
Location: Germany
The scholarship Amounts: varies from 1365 Eur to 3000 Eur per month


Affording international scholars an opportunity to work on their research projects here at the Institute is deemed of particular importance. To this end, a limited number of short-term scholarships (up to a maximum period of four months) are awarded each year. Additionally, the scholarship programme serves to promote personal and institutional contacts with scholars working in the fields of comparative and international private law and thereby continually expand the Institute’s global network.
The research project in question must correspond to the academic interests of the Institute, as only then can it be ensured that scholarship recipients will be able to engage in meaningful academic exchange with other researchers and find relevant literature in our library.
Applicants applying for the current round of scholarship awards are advised that topics presently being researched at the Institute include, in particular, the following:

  • Comparative legal methodology
  • Partnership law
  • Close corporations
  • Company valuation law
  • Comparative succession law (Europe and other continents)
  • International succession law (especially the European Succession Regulation)
  • Chinese product liability law – Chinese civil procedure
  • Korean family law


Scholarships are available for:

  • Foreign doctoral candidates,
  • Foreign post-doctoral candidates and other advanced-stage researchers,
  • Foreign professors or other senior researchers of equivalent academic achievement.

Previous scholarship recipients are not excluded from applying for a subsequent grant, even as regards the same research project (e.g. a doctoral thesis). In such cases applicants should describe in their research proposal the progress made on their project since the first scholarship grant.
In order to give the greatest number of researchers the chance to work at the Institute, grants are not as a general rule extended to applicants who have already received two scholarship awards.

Amount of the Scholarship

The scholarship amounts to

  • € 1.365,00 / month (doctoral students)
  • € 2.100,00 / month (research scholarship, group 1)
  • € 2.300,00 / month (research scholarship, group 2)
  • € 3.000,00 / month (research scholarship, group 3)

There are no additional payments for a spouse or for children accompanying the Visiting Scholar.
(Amounts as of September 2015; subject to change)

Application Procedure

Please use Online portal to apply for a scholarship. To make application, please complete the following steps:
-Sign in on the Online portal. You will need your email address and your password.
-Application takes place entirely Online. Please be sure to have assembled all the necessary documents prior to commencing your Online application – it is advised that you use the checklist we have provided (checklist as PDF document).
-When you have all the documents at hand, carefully fill out the Online application form and upload your documents.
-It is permissible to send letters of recommendation by mail. They should be forwarded to the following address: Online Application

The application deadline is 15 February 2016. 

For Further Information Visit the Official web-page of the programme




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