Predoctoral Fellows (Dept. II)

November 15, 2016
Department/Research Group

"Writing-Up" Predoctoral Fellowship

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG), Department II (Director: Prof. Lorraine Daston), offers

two six-month predoctoral fellowships

for outstanding students in the final stage of completing their dissertations.


The fellowships are open to doctoral candidates of all nationalitites and disciplines, except those who have already received three years of Max Planck Society predoctoral fellowship funding. Department II holds a bimonthly colloquium in English, and candidates are expected to be able to present and discuss their work and that of others in that language. Applications, however, may be submitted in German, French, or English. There is no restriction as to specialty or period within the history of science. The primary selection criteria are the quality of research and the scholarly promise of the candidate. However, relevance to Department II’s ongoing research projects serves as a secondary criterion. Project descriptions may be found at


The fellowships run from 1 February 2017 to 31 August 2017 or from 1 September 2017 to 28 February 2018. They are endowed with a monthly stipend of  € 1,365.


Applicants should submit the following materials as one single PDF-document:

1.    Curriculum vitae and list of publications.

2.    Brief (maximum 750 words) description of dissertation.


A letter of recommendation from the dissertation advisor should endorse the candidate and confirm that the dissertation will with high probability be completed within the term of the fellowship. This letter should be sent separately to All other materials must be submitted as one single PDF-document to the following link:

Please note that only electronic submissions via this link will be accepted. 

All application materials (including reference letters) must be submitted no later than

November 15, 2016 (23:58 CET)


Applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply. Finalists may expect a decision by December 1, 2016.



For questions concerning the research project and Department II, please contact Dr. David Sepkoski (; for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact