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 working within the Institute’s various areas of research. They must intend, to be affiliated with either the Department of European and Comparative Procedural Law, the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution, or the Max Planck Fellowship Research Group, which focuses on the enforcement of European Financial Market Regulation. 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, the name of their PhD supervisor, the expected date of defence, and the desired time frame for the scholarship stay;
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae, with an indication of the class of degree awarded (undergraduate and postgraduate, if relevant) and the number of publications;
  • 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 1.500 €.

The selected applicants will be offered a workstation in the Institute's reading room. They will have the opportunity to participate in the regular scientific events hosted at the Institute, and may enjoy access to the Institute’s library.

During the funding period, the presence of the Scholarship Holder at the Institute is compulsory.

Application Details

The call for applications for the 2024 scholarships will open in Spring 2023 for a defined period of time.


Christiane Göbel,