The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) conducts basic research on the governance of modern societies. It aims to develop an empirically based theory of the social and political foundations of modern economies by investigating the interrelation between social, economic, and political action.

We are currently seeking to recruit

Visiting Researchers (m/f/d)

Our Visiting Researchers Program is intended for researchers from the fields of economic sociology and comparative and international political economy and offers stays generally ranging from 2 to 12 months. Applications are welcome from professors based either in Germany or abroad as well as young postdoctoral and doctoral researchers. Your intended research project should relate to the MPIfG's research program and ongoing projects at the Institute.

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).

The Max Planck Society advocates diversity and equality. In particular we welcome applications from women and people with disabilities.

Please submit your application in English or German through our online application system by April 30, 2024 (11:00 am German time) for the following winter semester (starting October 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 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.


Dr. Susanne Berger
+49 221 27 67 174

March 2024

Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung
Paulstraße 3 | 50676 Köln
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