The Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory in Frankfurt is a world leader in research on legal history and legal theory. We award several PhD student, post-doctoral and senior researcher scholarships to enable outstanding researchers to spend time at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory. Scholarship holders are expected to pursue their own research project, which should relate to the department’s research agenda.

Historical Regimes of Normativity (Thomas Duve) - Scholarships and Guest Residencies

The Department Historical Regimes of Normativity (Thomas Duve) will award scholarships for research stays of three or six months, starting on 1 April 2025 / 1 July 2025 / 1 October 2025 / 5 January 2026 for PhD students, post-doctoral and senior researchers. This will be the only call for applications for the above named department in this period. The proposals should make clear in which way the research is related to the Department’s research agenda. Applications for the following topics are specifically welcome:

  • Legal Historical Studies on key concepts of the School of Salamanca
  • Legal Historical Studies on Production of Knowledge of Normativity in the Iberian Worlds
  • Legal Historical Studies on the Papacy (and the Roman Curia) in the early modern and contemporary period

Applications should include the following documents, written in English:

  • Research proposal (up to 2.500 words), including an explanation as to how the project relates to the Department’s research programme
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • Names and contact details of two scholars who have agreed to provide references (upon request)
  • Three relevant publications of the last five years (as PDFs)

Deadline: All applications must be submitted via the online application system by 30 August 2024. Decisions will be communicated in October.

Scholarships run for either 3 or 6 months, starting at the beginning of April, July, October 2025 or January 2026. Once the scholarship has been granted, changes of the date of the beginning will not be accepted. Scholarship holders will receive a monthly stipend of either €1,365 (PhD students), €2,500 (post-doctoral researchers) or €3,000 (senior researchers). Additional income (for example from existing employment relationships) has to be set off against the amount awarded and will thus be taken into account when determining the exact amount of the stipend.

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