Doctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies in Paris

The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) in Paris invites applications for a doctoral fellowship in sociology or political science at Sciences Po in Paris.

Original and independent proposals on topics situated in economic sociology, political economy, economic or political history are welcome. The applicant’s interests should fall within the scope of MaxPo’s research program and the project should lay out the fit.

The MaxPo PhD program runs in close collaboration with the doctoral program of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) in Cologne. The successful candidate will receive a three-year doctoral employment contract starting in September 2021. MaxPo doctoral fellows will have a fully equipped shared office and full access to the library and research facilities of Sciences Po. Additional funds may be available for fieldwork, research stays, and conference travel, subject to the budget and prior approval. The fellowship also includes a research stay at the MPIfG in Cologne.


  • Candidates will hold a master’s degree or equivalent and have received training in the following disciplines: history, sociology, or political science, with additional training in related fields. Degrees must have been received by August of the year in which applicants would enroll in the PhD program.
  • Applicants should have an academic record of excellence and a
    strong command of research methods. There is no nationality requirement.
  • Applicants must have high English proficiency, as English is the working language of MaxPo.  International students are strongly urged to acquire proficiency in French.

Application procedure

Applications must be made both online via Sciences Po’s admissions portal,, and by sending the entire application dossier by email to

Important: Please add a headline to your thesis project stating that you are applying for a doctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center (MaxPo).


List of necessary documents

You must include the following documents in your application:
ƒ a doctoral thesis project in PDF or Word format (5,000 words maximum),
ƒ an abstract of your doctoral thesis project in PDF or Word format,
ƒ two academic recommendations,
ƒ CV,
ƒ proof of identity,
ƒ a copy of the last completed degree,
ƒ transcripts

Deadline and more information

The deadline for applications is 21st January 2021.

Download the call here!

For further information, see the website of Sciences Po’s doctoral school: