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Max Planck Institute Scholarship for International Researchers in Germany, 2017

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The Max Planck Society for Comparative and International Private Law is offering limited number of short-term scholarships for foreign legal researchers. The scholarships are funded by the Max Planck Society. Scholarships are awarded up to a maximum period of four months. The application deadline is 15 February 2016.

Study Subject(s): 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 and Korean family law.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for undertaking research project at the Institute .
Scholarship Provider: The Max Planck Society for Comparative and International Private Law, Germany
Scholarship can be taken at: Germany

Eligibility: Scholarships are available for foreign doctoral candidates, foreign post-doctoral candidates and other advanced-stage researchers and foreign professors or other senior researchers of equivalent academic achievement.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Foreign applicants can apply for these scholarships.

Scholarship Description: The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law offers a limited number of short-term scholarships (up to a maximum period of four months) for foreign legal researchers. The scholarships are funded by the Max Planck Society. 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.

Number of award(s): Limited numbers of research scholarships are available.

Duration of award(s): Scholarships are awarded up to a maximum period of four months will be awarded each year.

What does it cover? 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)
Travel expenses, other expenses: Costs of travel to and from Hamburg are not included in the grant. The Institute does not reimburse travel expenses. There is also no allowance for or reimbursement of other expenses.
Language proficiency: The required level of German language proficiency primarily depends on the planned research project. In any case, a working knowledge of German (or English and/or French) is expected in order to facilitate integration into the Institute's community.
Accommodation: Upon request, we can provide a list of budget-priced accommodations and rental agencies offering housing. You are kindly asked to secure your own accommodations. The Institute is not in the position to book your accommodation or to act as your agent.
Health Insurance: Visiting Fellows are not insured by the Max Planck Institute. It is recommended either to extend your current insurance coverage or to acquire special coverage. Special coverage from a German insurer may be acquired upon your arrival at the Institute.
Evidence of sufficient health insurance coverage has to be submitted at the beginning of the scholarship.
Funding by third parties: Any grant or funding you receive from a third party for your research stay at the Institute must be disclosed to the Institute's administration and will be deducted from the grant of the Max Planck Society

How to Apply: 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

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 15 February 2016.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application


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