The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law offers a limited number of research grants for foreign scholars. The grants are financed by the Max Planck Society and are intended to support research at the Institute. The maximum length of a grant is 6 months.
Applicants are preferred whose projects are capable of promoting the research interests of the Institute. Among these interests are co-work on Institute projects, joint projects of Institute fellows and visiting scholars, as well as individual projects of visiting scholars, to the extent they fall within the research fields of the Institute. Topical proximity to the ongoing Institutional Projects is an advantage.
Who can apply for an Institute grant?
In principle, no grants will be awarded to persons pursuing a doctorate in Germany.
Please note that with this online-application you can only apply for grants awarded by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.
Applications for grants awarded by other Max Planck institutes cannot be accepted here!
A complete application must include the following documents:
Please upload the documents as pdf files in the online-application. After previous consultation, referees may also send their references by e-mail directly to our fellowship application management. Please note that we will not accept applications submitted by e-mail.
In your own interest, we recommend that you apply early since submission of additional or missing documents will be accepted within the application period only. To guarantee equal opportunities, documents presented later or sent by e-mail cannot be taken into consideration.
Applicants will be notified of the Institute’s decision approximately 8-10 weeks after the application deadline.
The application deadline for Institute Grants in 2020 has expired. The next application round for grants in 2021 is expected to start approximately in early summer 2020 (activation of the online application portal will be announced here).
Things to know about Institute grants
Amount of the grant
The amount of the grant varies according to academic qualifications:
- € 1,365.00 / month (doctoral candidates)
- € 2,100.00 / month (research grant, group 1)
- € 2,300.00 / month (research grant, group 2)
Travel and other expenses
Travel expenses to and from Heidelberg are not included in the grant. The Institute will not reimburse travel expenses. No allowances or reimbursement will be given for further costs or outlays.
The required level of German language proficiency depends above all on the planned research. In any case, a sufficient knowledge of German or English to allow for integration into the Institute community is assumed.
Please arrange for accommodations in a timely manner before your arrival. Housing in Heidelberg is in short supply and also rather expensive. It can be difficult to find a furnished room even for just a few months. If desired, we will send you a list of guest houses in the area. We kindly ask that you book accommodations yourself. The Institute cannot assume this task or act as your agent in this regard. The following is a list of accommodations services for Heidelberg and vicinity:
Visiting scholars are not insured by the Max Planck Institute. You are advised to extend your existing insurance coverage or to obtain insurance specifically covering the duration of your stay. Please make sure that your health insurance is conforming to German standards. Proof of sufficient health insurance is required at the latest when commencing the grant.
For additional information about the grant program, please contact Christa Stadler (firstname.lastname@example.org)