Visiting Scholarships (Dept. III, "Agriculture and the Making of Sciences")

July 31, 2021
Department/Research Group

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin—Department III, Artifacts, Action, Knowledge, directed by Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schäfer—offers several Visiting Scholarships (residential, 3–12 months) to take place in the period January 1 to December 31, 2021.

We invite scholars to apply for participation in the project “Agriculture and the Making of Sciences (1100–1700)” of Department III. In 2021, the project’s focus will be on the broader theme of “soil.” We welcome researchers working on practices related to soil, such as its classification, fertilization, maintenance, and commodification, as well as how these practices were in relation to fields of knowledge and practices other than agriculture, in the history of East and Southeast Asia, Inner Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

We welcome applications from candidates in every field within history, the history of science and technology, archeology, philology and art history, and with some preference for research addressing the multilingual and transregional nature of the project. The MPIWG hosts many academic activities: conferences, workshops, brown bag seminars, and colloquia. Visiting scholars are encouraged to combine their research stay with collaborative work. 

Visiting scholars receive a stipend commensurate with experience for their period of residence, and reimbursement for a return ticket to and from their place of residence. 

The successful candidates are expected to take part in the scientific life of the Institute, to advance their own research project, and to actively contribute to the project group activities during their period of affiliation. 

Candidates are requested to submit:

  1.  a cover letter (indicating your preferred period of residence)
  2.  curriculum vitae (including a list of publications)
  3.  a research prospectus on a topic related to the project (1000 words maximum)

Applications must be submitted via our online application portal:

Please note that only complete electronic submissions uploaded to this link will be accepted. Applications sent via email will not be accepted. Only successful candidates will be notified.

Review of application will commence from December 15, 2020, and continue until the positions are filled. 

Applications may be submitted in German or English. Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; applications from women are especially welcome. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting individuals with disabilities and encourages them to apply.


For research-related questions about the project “Agriculture and the Making of Sciences,” please contact Aleksandar Shopov (; for technical questions regarding the application portal, and for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please first contact the Department secretary (


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