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Max-Planck-Insti­tut für Wis­sen­schafts­ge­schichte

Das MPIWG ist eines von mehr als 80 Insti­tu­ten der Max Planck Gesell­schaft e.V. und eines der füh­ren­den For­schungs­zen­tren für die Wis­sen­schafts­ge­schichte.

The Inter­na­tio­nal Max Planck Rese­arch School “Know­ledge and Its Resour­ces: His­tor­ical Reci­pro­cit­ies” (IMPRS-KIR) Call for App­lic­a­tions (2023–2027)


The Inter­na­tio­nal Max Planck Rese­arch School “Know­ledge and Its Resour­ces: His­tor­ical Reci­pro­cit­ies” (IMPRS-KIR) invi­tes app­lic­a­tions for 5 doc­toral pos­i­tions, to begin on Sep­tem­ber 1, 2023.

Each pos­i­tion will run for 3.5 years, with the pos­sib­il­ity of extend­ing once by six mon­ths.
The IMPRS-KIR is a new, rese­arch-dri­ven PhD pro­gram based in the his­tory and philo­sophy of sci­ence, tech­no­logy, and medi­cine (HPSTM). It is a col­lab­or­a­tion bet­ween the Max Planck Insti­tute for the His­tory of Sci­ence and Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin, Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­si­tät zu Ber­lin, and Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin. The IMPRS-KIR will trace the deep entan­gle­ments of know­ledge and its resour­ces from a long-term and glo­bal per­spect­ive. Key to its agenda is a “his­tor­ical-polit­ical epi­stem­o­logy” that high­lights how know­ledge is shaped his­tor­ic­ally by a great vari­ety of resour­ces – polit­ical sys­tems, tech­no­lo­gical infra­struc­tures, social inter­ac­tion, mater­ial objects and media tech­no­lo­gies. Know­ledge, in turn, is under­stood as a means to define and unlock such resour­ces, while being, in and of its­elf, one of the key resour­ces of human cul­ture.

Working field:

The School offers train­ing in his­tor­ical-polit­ical epi­stem­o­logy, com­bin­ing HPSTM with Regio­nal and Glo­bal Stud­ies, Sci­ence & Tech­no­logy Stud­ies (STS), all fields of his­tory, media stud­ies, museum stud­ies, archae­ology, art his­tory, lit­er­ary stud­ies, philo­logy, envir­on­men­tal stud­ies, and digi­tal human­it­ies rese­arch. Pro­spect­ive doc­toral stu­dents with pro­jects on any spe­cialty and period wit­hin these and rela­ted fields are invi­ted to apply.


The doc­toral pos­i­tions are open to app­lic­ants of all nation­al­it­ies hold­ing a Mas­ter’s degree (or equi­val­ent) in the afore­men­tio­ned fields and hav­ing pro­fi­ciency in Eng­lish, and, pre­fer­ably, in one or more addi­tio­nal lan­guages. Can­did­ates are expec­ted to be able to pre­sent and dis­cuss their work and that of oth­ers in Eng­lish; dis­ser­ta­tions may be sub­mit­ted in Ger­man, Eng­lish, or any of the super­visors’ work­ing lan­guages. Selec­tion cri­teria relate to the excel­lence of the indi­vidual can­did­ate and pro­ject and the close­ness of the pro­ject’s fit with the School’s agenda.

What we offer:

The IMPRS-KIR is loc­ated at the Max Planck Insti­tute for the His­tory of Sci­ence in Dah­lem, Ber­lin. Stu­dents will work in a stim­u­lat­ing inter­na­tio­nal and inter­dis­cip­lin­ary rese­arch envir­on­ment. The School’s pro­gram ent­ails one year of cour­ses held in con­junc­tion with the three Ber­lin uni­ver­sit­ies invol­ved in the IMPRS-KIR (FU, HU, TU), as well as ment­ored read­ing groups, work­shops, train­ing in digi­tal human­it­ies meth­ods, a tailo­red coach­ing pro­gram, and lan­guage cour­ses. A rese­arch bud­get will be avail­able for tra­vel to archi­ves world­wide. Addi­tion­ally, stu­dents may opt to spend up to one semes­ter at one of our inter­na­tio­nal part­ner uni­ver­sit­ies (Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, Nan­yang Tech­no­lo­gical Uni­ver­sity Singa­pore, Singa­pore Uni­ver­sity of Tech­no­logy and Design).

The suc­cess­ful app­lic­ants will receive fund­ing via an employ­ment con­tract with the Max Planck Insti­tute for the His­tory of Sci­ence or with one of the three Ber­lin uni­versi­tites invol­ved in the IMPRS-KIR (FU, HU, TU) and will have the pos­sib­il­ity to teach. The PhD degrees will be awar­ded by one of the Ber­lin uni­ver­sity depart­ments rep­res­en­ted in the Prin­cipal Teach­ing Fac­ulty. Addi­tion­ally, an IMPRS cer­ti­fic­ate of the Max Planck Soci­ety will be awar­ded.

How to apply:

App­lic­ants are asked to sub­mit the fol­low­ing mater­i­als:
  • a cover let­ter with a per­sonal state­ment of your motiv­a­tion for apply­ing to the IMPRS-KIR (max. 1,000 words)
  • a dis­ser­ta­tion pro­posal (max. 2,500 words, exclud­ing bib­li­o­gra­phy) includ­ing work­ing title, abs­tract (max. 250 words), rese­arch topic and state of the art in the field of study con­cer­ned, rese­arch ques­tions and object­ives, meth­od­o­logy, short descrip­tion of the pro­ject’s feas­ib­il­ity and how it would be car­ried out (includ­ing a list of archi­ves if app­lic­able), bib­li­o­gra­phy (max. 30 tit­les)
  • a cur­ricu­lum vitae (1–2 pages)
  • cop­ies of degree cer­ti­fic­ates/proof of the fin­ish­ing date of your Mas­ter’s degree
  • tran­script of gra­des achie­ved dur­ing your Mas­ter’s stud­ies
  • proof of flu­ency in Eng­lish (pre­fer­ably at level C1, but at least at level B2). If Eng­lish is your nat­ive lan­guage or if you went to a uni­ver­sity where the lan­guage of inst­ruc­tion was Eng­lish, you do not need to sub­mit an Eng­lish cer­ti­fic­ate.
  • con­tact details of two aca­demic ref­er­ees. Our Selec­tion Com­mit­tee will con­tact ref­er­ees for short­l­is­ted app­lic­ants.

Please sub­mit these mater­i­als as sep­ar­ate PDF doc­u­ments exclus­ively through the fol­low­ing app­lic­a­tion por­tal:

Only com­plete app­lic­a­tions sub­mit­ted via the app­lic­a­tion por­tal will be accep­ted. The por­tal will close on Janu­ary 15, 2023, 23.59 Cent­ral European Time. The IMPRS-KIR aims to fos­ter diver­sity wit­hin its four col­lab­or­at­ing insti­tu­tions. We wel­come app­lic­a­tions from all qual­i­fied indi­vidu­als regard­less of age, dis­ab­il­it­ies, eth­ni­city, gen­der, nation­al­ity, reli­gion or sexual ori­ent­a­tion. For more inform­a­tion, please con­sult the FAQs on the web­site of the IMPRS:

For fur­ther inquir­ies about the new PhD pro­gram and the recruit­ment pro­cess, please con­tact the IMPRS Office:
For ques­tions about the app­lic­a­tion por­tal, please con­tact Tanja Neuen­dorf:
Please note that we can­not con­sider app­lic­a­tions sent by email or post. The email add­res­ses given above are only for your ques­tions.