The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG)  offers four six-month predoctoral fellowships for outstanding students in the final stage of completing their dissertations. Dissertation topics should be related to an ongoing research project (see website below) in Department II (Director: Prof. Lorraine Daston). The fellowships are open to doctoral candidates of all nationalities and disciplines, except those who have already received three years of Max Planck Society predoctoral fellowship funding. Department II holds a bimonthly colloquium in English, and candidates are expected to be able to present and discuss their work in that language. Applications, however, may be submitted in German, French or English. Two fellowships run from 1 August 2010 to 31 January 2011, and two others from 1 February to 31 July 2011.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

1. Curriculum Vitae and list of publications

2. Brief (maximum 750 words) description of dissertation, in which its relevance to an ongoing MPIWG-Department II research project is made clear.

3.  A letter of recommendation from the dissertation advisor endorsing the candidate and confirming that the dissertation will with high probability be completed within the term of the six-month fellowship. This letter may be sent separately.

Applications should be sent by 8 March 2010 to:

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

Verwaltung – Predoc II

Boltzmanstr. 22

14195 Berlin


Electronic submission is also possible: [email protected]

Project descriptions are to be found under

Questions concerning stipends and the MPIWG should be addressed to the MPIWG Research Coordinator, Jochen Schneider ([email protected]).

Contact in Department II: Fernando Vidal, [email protected]

Applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply. Candidates may expect a decision by 2 April 2010.