[Germany] PhD Scholarship in Criminal Law and Criminology from Max Planck Institute
Field of Study:
The Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg i.Br. offers, in co-operation with the University of Freiburg, in accordance with the conditions of the Max Planck Society for the support of young researchers, and subject to required budgetary appropriations one doctoral research position within the areas of (Corporate) Criminal Law, Criminology for the conferral of a doctorate degree in law (Dr. jur.).
- Completion of a law degree at a German university or completion at an equivalent university abroad. First or Second German State Law Exam with a minimum overall grade of "vollbefriedigend" (according to the examination regulations "JAPrO" of the State of Baden-Württemberg), or an equivalent degree with an equivalent grade ("with distinction") from abroad.
- Alternatively, completion of a regular university studies in social sciences with an overall duration of at least 4 years at a German or equivalent university from abroad. Master degree in sociology as major subject, or equivalent degree from Germany or abroad.
- Submission of a substantive proposal for a dissertation topic linked to the research agenda of the IMPRS-REMEP.
- Solid proficiency in the English language. In addition, students should have at least some basic knowledge of the German language and demonstrate willingness to improve it.
The IMPRS-REMEP seeks to reach a composition of at least 50 percent foreign doctoral students. Thus, foreign candidates with a foreign degree are explicitly encouraged to apply. Recognition of equivalence of foreign degrees is to be determined by the doctoral committee of the Faculty of Law or by the examination committee of the Joint Commission of the Faculties of Humanities and Philology of the University of Freiburg, in accordance with the criteria laid out by the Central Office for Foreign Education at the Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs ("Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen im Sekretariat der Ständigen Konferenz der Kultusminister der Länder").
How to Apply PhD Scholarship?
- Cover sheet addressed to the International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation, Punishment at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg i.Br.
- European style curriculum vitae (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/) in German or English. It should include information on all previous research activities.
- Copy of Secondary Education certificate with a list of subject areas. The documents must be officially translated into German (preferably) or English and a copy of the original supplied.
- Copy of certificates relating to the First and, where applicable, Second German State Law Exam(s) from lawyers or certificates relating to the University or State Exam from social scientists. From foreign graduates, copy of all university certificates with a list of all grades, including the overall grade, the average grade and the university certificate of graduation. The documents must be officially translated into German (preferably) or English and a copy of the original supplied.
- Substantive/meaningful proposal for a research topic (5 pages), preferably in English, structured into a) relevance of the proposed topic in the context of the overall research agenda of the IMPRS-REMEP, b) state of preparation, c) aim of the project, d) probable links to other disciplines, e) methodology, f) proposed timeline, g) intended time of completion of the dissertation. It is intended that doctoral students, when participating in the research programme in a regular manner, will be able to complete the programme within a two year period.
- Two letters of recommendation from two senior scientists (to be written in English or German). These letters should include information as to previous research experience, and vouch for the ability of the applicant to undertake doctoral studies at the Research School.
- Applicants who do not speak English as their native language and who are unable of demonstrating good proficiency in English language in any other way must prove their skills through language examination certificates. In particular, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with at least 6.0 bands or TOEFEL (at least 560 points, computer: 220 points) are recognized.
- Applicants who do not speak German as their native language should be capable to demonstrate basic knowledge of German, e.g., through a certificate German language ("Zertifikat Deutsch", ZD). Proficiency in German language is not a formal precondition for application. However, subject to university regulations, German is mandatory for the final oral doctoral exam in sociology and law. If necessary, access to external language courses can be arranged.
Presentation of officially authenticated copies of the original certificates etc., with regards to Nos. 3 and 4 above, is only necessary once a decision has been made to admission.
Application documents must be submitted electronically to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org (maximum 5 MB per E-Mail). Please refrain from sending postal applications.
Applicants will be invited to telephone or personal interviews or videoconferences in Freiburg upon prior notification. The selection procedure should be completed by 30-04-2011. The applicants will be informed of the selection results in writing. During the selection procedure we ask applicants to refrain from contacting the Institute with regards to the results of the procedure. An absolute right to financial support does not exist.
The Max Planck Society and the University of Freiburg endeavor, wherever possible, to employ disabled persons, and applications from such persons are expressly called for. The Max Planck Society and the University of Freiburg also desire to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore expressly encouraged to apply.
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