The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law welcomes external scholars to conduct research in criminal law, criminology, public law, legal theory, and legal philosophy on a temporary basis. Because the number of research places is limited, we unfortunately cannot consider every application. Selection is based on the quality of the submitted research proposal (innovative research questions; precise mapping of the current state of the art) and will be made by the scholarship committee. If you are planning to apply for a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), or any other research institution, we kindly ask you to secure your research place at the Institute first and then apply for the desired grant.
In compliance with the rules of the Max Planck Society, all arriving guest scholars must enter into a Guest Residency Agreement with the Institute for the duration of their expected research stay.
We offer the following options
At the Max Planck Institute, researchers (anyone from doctoral researchers to professors) have the opportunity to conduct their own research using the Institute’s library with its unique stock of books and journals. Usage periods vary between one week and up to one month. Research is carried out at the researcher’s own expense and cannot be subsidised.
We value collaboration with visiting scholars whose research topics and methodological approaches are a good fit for the research conducted in the MPI-CSL departments. This is why the Institute offers long-term research stays. Go to “Fellowships,” to learn more about the different scholarship options.
As part of the Max Planck Society’s scholarship program, doctoral researchers and postdocs and professors from foreign institutions have access to funding for their personal research, provided that their projects correspond to one of the MPI-CSL research priorities. Scholarships are generally awarded for a period of between two and four months.