Job Openings

Scholar in Residence

Every year the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne invites a leading scholar in political economy or economic sociology to spend three to six months in residence at the Institute. As a rule, tenure starts in October. Scholars are selected by the directors of the MPIfG on the basis of an established record of excellence as well as a current research project in an area close to the core interests of researchers at the Institute. Both nominations and direct applications are possible.
Scholars in Residence are paid a stipend of up to 6,000 euros per month. If on a paid sabbatical the Scholar in Residence receives a stipend of 2,500 euros per month to cover his or her local costs and travel. The Scholar in Residence will have an office at the Institute and enjoy the full range of MPIfG support services. Scholars are expected to give a series of three lectures on a subject of their choice, and generally to participate in the intellectual life of the Institute.
Nominations and applications for the Scholar in Residence fellowship are to be sent to the MPIfG's Managing Director, Prof. Jens Beckert, at . They can be submitted at any time, by email or by post. They should be sent one or two years in advance of the date of the intended stay.
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Managing Director
Paulstr. 3
50676 Köln


Postdoctoral Program

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, awards up to five postdoctoral fellowships each year to researchers from Germany and abroad. The fellowships are for twelve months, usually beginning on October 1. The deadline for application is January 31. more



Doctoral fellowships in economic sociology and political economy

The International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE), conducted jointly by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the University of Cologne, invites excellent candidates to apply for its doctoral program. Candidates must hold a master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent qualification in political science, sociology, organization studies, history, or related fields. Program details and the online application form can be found at Please apply by February 28, 2015. Information for applicants PDF


Program for Visiting Researchers

Information for Visiting Researchers
The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies offers visiting researchers from Germany and abroad - in addition to its doctoral and postdoctoral fellowship programs - the opportunity to conduct research at the Institute. Visitors usually stay for two to nine months. Scholars of all levels of seniority, including Ph.D. students, may apply. Their research projects should closely relate to work done at the MPIfG. The selection process will consider the alignment of the proposed research with the Institute’s current research strengths, or with research areas the Institute wishes to develop as priorities. Applications are particularly sought from researchers working in the fields of Economic Sociology and Political Economy.
Applicants are asked to show how they propose to fund their research stay at the Institute. Invitation letters for grant-funding institutions will be provided for successful applicants. In special cases the Institute can provide a needs-based, negotiable subsidy for living expenses. Visiting researchers are provided with a fully-equipped office (often shared) and have full access to the Institute's service infrastructure.
If you are interested, please submit an application in English or German by email, including a C.V., two reference contacts, a list of publications, and a two-to-three page proposal about the work you would like to do at the MPIfG. Attachments should be compiled in one PDF document. The deadlines for submissions are April 30 for the following fall semester (starting October 1) and October 31 for the following spring semester (starting March 1).
Please send your application and further inquiries to the MPIfG's Head of Administration, Juergen Lautwein, .
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Juergen Lautwein
Paulstr. 3
50676 Köln


Students: Employment as a student assistant

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) accepts applications from students to be employed on projects and in Service groups (EDV, Library, Editorial and Public Relations, Pool). We offer interesting tasks across a range of different areas.
The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies is a research institute for the social sciences. We are therefore particularly interested in applications from social and economic science students (Dipl., BA, or MA) enrolled at German universities.
Student assistants work on the institute's research projects. They have an extensive library at their disposal which they may also use for their own studies. They also have opportunities to take part in the institute's internal presentations and seminars. When appropriate, and as part of their involvement in the institute's projects, student assistants may receive support in the planning and writing of their final theses. Further information on the institute is available under
Student assistant positions are longer-term and usually span a number of years. Training in the use of our computer systems is provided. Student assistants are expected to have a good knowledge of English. If at the time of application no vacancies are available, we will retain your application documents and contact you again should a vacancy subsequently arise.
Payment is in line with the Max Planck Society's stipend regulations: BA students € 380.00 per month for a 10-hour week; € 710.00 per month for a 19-hour week.
Please submit your application with copies of your CV, qualifications and, when available, relevant examples from your coursework. State your preferred project area(s) and give your reasons why. We also require the date you expect to complete your studies. State whether your application concerns a compulsory internship required by your study program. If you wish to apply online, please submit the application documents as a single PDF file to Jürgen Lautwein: .
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Juergen Lautwein
Paulstr. 3
50676 Köln


Short-term internships

Twice a year, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies offers a limited number of short-term internships. Applicants are expected to have a serious interest in the social sciences and above-average study grades. Students of economics and social sciences (BA or MA) should apply by January 1st for the summer semester, and July 1st for the winter semester. Interns are assigned to ongoing projects and gain insights into the institute's areas of research. There are also opportunities to participate in the institute's lectures and seminars. When appropriate, support can be given to interns on their thesis projects. Interns receive a monthly allowance of 400 euros.
Please submit your application with copies of your CV, qualifications, and relevant examples from your coursework. Indicate when you would like to begin and end the internship. State which MPIfG research project would interest you most and give the reasons why. Select only projects by senior researchers and project leaders – projects by doctoral or postdoctoral researchers are not open to internships. Please apply online and submit the application documents as a single PDF file to:
Jürgen Lautwein | Tel. +49 221 2767-120




Jürgen Lautwein
Administrative Director
Tel. +49 221 2767-120
Organizational structure, project areas and management of the MPIfG:
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