Scholarships for International Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg

The Max Planck Institute offers a limited number of short-term scholarships (maximum of 4 months) for legal scholars whose primary place of residence is outside of Germany. The scholarships are financed by the Max Planck Society and are awarded each year in connection with two windows of application.

Scholarships are available for:

  • Foreign doctoral candidates,
  • Foreign post-doctoral candidates and other advanced-stage researchers,
  • Foreign professors or other senior researchers of equivalent academic achievement.

Previous scholarship recipients are not excluded from applying for a subsequent grant, even as regards the same research project (e.g. a doctoral thesis). In such cases applicants should describe in their research proposal the progress made on their project since the first scholarship grant.

In order to give the greatest number of researchers the chance to work at the Institute, grants are not as a general rule extended to applicants who have already received two scholarship awards.

Applicants need not be proficient in German. However, if you envision that your intended research will include an inquiry into German law, your research proposal should indicate how you will – as necessary – obtain the desired information from foreign-language sources.

To ensure smooth and effective communication with Institute staff members and other guests, applicants should at a minimum have a strong command of either German or English.

Research projects

The research project in question must correspond to the academic interests of the Institute, as only then can it be ensured that scholarship recipients will be able to engage in meaningful academic exchange with other researchers and find relevant literature in our library.

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
  • Uniform Private Law
  • European Contract Law, especially Sale of Goods Law
  • Partnership Law
  • Close Corporations
  • Company Valuation Law
  • Comparative Succession Law (Europe and other continents)
  • International Succession Law (especially the European Succession Regulation)
  • Family and Succession Law in Islamic countries
  • Procedural Law in Islamic countries
  • Comparative and International Private Law in Islamic countries
  • Chinese Product Liability Law
  • Chinese Succession Law
  • Chinese Nonprofit Organisation Law
  • Chinese Civil Procedure
  • Korean Family Law
  • Japanese Company Law
  • Japanese Capital Markets Law

Application deadlines

There are two rounds of submission each year for scholarship applications, with corresponding submission deadlines of 15 February and 15 August.

Applications made in connection with the 15 August submission deadline may seek a scholarship for any period of time in the subsequent calendar year (e.g. 15 August 2016 application deadline corresponds to desired research stays any time in 2017).

The 15 February submission deadline corresponds to scholarships for the second half of the same calendar year (e.g. 15 February 2016 application deadline corresponds to desired research stays between July and December 2016).

Amount of the Scholarship

As of 2016, the scholarship funding is paid out according to academic qualification

  • For doctoral students € 1365.00 / month
  • Advanced researchers between € 2100.00 / month and € 3000.00 / month

Travel expenses to and from Hamburg will not be reimbursed.

Language proficiency

You are not required to speak German in order to obtain a scholarship. We do however assume that you have a level of proficiency in German, English or French that will enable you to integrate into the Institute community.

You must also be proficient in the language required for your research, or clarify how you intend to obtain information from foreign language sources on your target jurisdictions.

Application date
15 Aug 2017
Up to 4 months
Europe Germany
Social sciences Law
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
Up to € 3.000/month