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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.