The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne offers experienced journalists an opportunity to take up a guest residency at the Institute as part of its

Journalist in Residence Fellowship

The MPIfG conducts basic research on the governance of modern societies by investigating the interrelation between economic, social, and political action. It examines how markets and business organizations are embedded in historical, political, and cultural frameworks, how they develop, and how their social contexts change over time. In exploring these and other questions, the Institute seeks to build a bridge between theory and policy and to contribute to political debate on major challenges facing modern societies.

The Journalist in Residence Fellowship is open to staff or freelance journalists who have several years of professional experience, regularly cover academic or political, social, or economic topics, and wish to work on a research project of their own in dialogue with the Institute’s researchers. The MPIfG offers guest residencies of between six weeks and three months, with a grant of up to 3,500 euros per month to cover private living expenses. During their residency, journalists have an office at the MPIfG and access to the Institute’s extensive library and research resources.

If you are interested, we look forward to receiving your application as a single PDF containing your CV, up to five relevant samples of your work, a project proposal for the residency, and a letter of recommendation from your editor-in-chief or an editorial office you regularly work with. Please follow the link to our online portal to submit your application.

The Journalist in Residence Fellowship is advertised once a year. Find out more by going to The deadline for applications is April 30, 2024.


Talent, creativity, and passion are qualities the Max Planck Society and the MPIfG rely on. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. We advocate equality of opportunity and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, irrespective of gender, nationality, religion or belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation or identity. In diversity lies the basis for the cutting-edge research conducted at over 80 Max Planck Institutes


Anna Zimmermann
Editorial and Public Relations Unit

+49 221 2767 172

Februar 2024

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