4 Predoctoral Writing Fellowships, Berlin

„Writing-Up“ Predoctoral Fellowship

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG), Department II (Director: Prof. Lorraine Daston), offers two four-month predoctoral fellowships for outstanding students in the final stage of completing their dissertations.

The fellowships are open to doctoral candidates of all nationalities and disciplines, except those who have already received three years of Max Planck Society predoctoral fellowship funding. The MPIWG is an international research institute and candidates are expected to be able to present and discuss their work and that of others in English. Applications, however, may be submitted in German, French, or English. There is no restriction as to specialty or period within the history of science. The primary selection criteria are the quality of research and the scholarly promise of the candidate. However, relevance to Department II’s ongoing research projects serves as a secondary criterion. Project descriptions may be found at


The fellowships run from 1 March 2018 to 30 June 2018 or from 1 September 2018 to 31 December 2018. Candidates should specify for which period of residency they are applying. The fellowships are endowed with a monthly stipend of € 1,365.

Applicants should submit the following materials as one single PDF-document:

1. A cover letter (maximum 250 words). Candidates should specify their preferences with regard to period of residency.

2. Curriculum vitae and list of publications.

3. Brief (maximum 750 words) description of dissertation.

A letter of recommendation from the dissertation advisor should endorse the candidate and confirm that the dissertation will with high probability be completed within the term of the fellowship. This letter should be sent separately to applicationdept2@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de All other materials should be submitted to the following link:


Please note that only electronic submissions via this link will be accepted.
All application materials (including reference letters) must be submitted no later than
November 30, 2017 (23:58 CET)

For questions concerning the research project and Department II, please contact Dr. David Sepkoski (dsepkoski@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de); for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact applicationdept2@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de.

Applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply. Finalists may expect a decision by December 15, 2017.

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