Visitors need to bring their own funding. 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 outlining a project to be pursued at the MPIfG (up to 3 pages). 

Please submit your application in English or German through our online application system by October 31, 2022 for the following summer semester (starting April 1). Applications by email cannot be considered. For further information on the program and on how to apply, please see here.
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 - those are the qualities the Max Planck Society relies on. The Society supports employees irrespective of their gender, nationality, religion, disabilities, age, cultural background or sexual identity. After all, the basis for the cutting-edge research conducted at 80 Max Planck Institutes lies in diversity.      


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

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies 
Paulstrasse 3 | 50676 Cologne
Twitter: @MPIfG_Cologne 

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