Max Planck Luxembourg PhD Scholarships

Among the goals pursued by the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law is to promote research and academic exchange with foreign scholars. In this framework, to assist particularly young scholars further advance their research activity, the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg offers a limited number of scholarships for foreign doctoral candidates to support their research stay at the Institute for up to six months. Calls for applications are posted each year, during a defined time slot only.


To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be doctoral candidates carrying out research activity within the Institute's areas of research, i.e. international dispute resolution and comparative procedural law. While proficiency in English is compulsory, the call is also open to doctoral candidates writing their thesis in a language other than English.


To apply, the interested candidates meeting the requirements of the call must submit the following documents, in English:

  • a cover letter (max. 1 page), stating the motivation for their application, the correlation between the topic of their research and the Institute’s areas of research, and the desired time frame for the scholarship stay;
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (including an inventory of the courses taken and grades earned as part of their University degree);
  • a summary of the PhD project (max. 2 pages), including subject, description and work plan;
  • two letters of recommendation (including one from the PhD supervisor, with his/her contact details).

Grant and benefits

The scholarship is paid in monthly instalments of 1500 €.

The selected applicants will be offered a workstation in the reading room. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the regular scientific events hosted at the Institute and other activities. During the funding period, the presence of the Scholarship Holder at the Institute is required.

Application Details

The call for applications for the 2020 scholarships will open in Spring 2019 for a defined period of time.


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