Visiting researchers will need to have their own funding, and applicants are asked to provide a funding plan for their stay. If your application is successful, you will receive a letter of invitation that you can use to approach funding institutions.

Successful candidates are chosen on the basis of scholarly excellence and a research proposal of up to three pages outlining a project to be pursued at the MPIfG. 

Please submit your application in English or German through our online application system by October 31, 2023 (23:59 CET) for the following summer semester (starting April 1). Please note that we cannot accept applications by email. For further information on the program and how to apply, please visit our website.
As a small research institute, we are only able to offer a limited number of positions for visiting researchers each year.


Talent, creativity, and passion are qualities the Max Planck Society relies on. It welcomes and supports employees irrespective of gender, nationality, religion, disability, age, cultural background, or sexual identity. In their diversity lies the basis for the cutting-edge research conducted at over 80 Max Planck Institutes.


Dr. Susanne Berger
Research Coordinator
+49 221 27 67 174

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies 
Paulstraße 3 | 50676 Köln
Twitter: @MPIfG_Cologne 

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