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Cambridge Exchange

Our research partnership with the University of Cambridge is a unique opportunity for Max Planck Law researchers to further their horizons in one of the most respected institutions for the study of law. It is intended that an academic exchange take place every academic year.

A maximum of two PhD students or postdocs from the participating Institutes of Max Planck Law will spend either Michaelmas Term (Autumn) or Lent Term (Spring) at the University of Cambridge, a total of eight weeks.  They will be known as  “Cambridge Visiting Research Students”.  In return, two researchers from Cambridge will be hosted by Max Planck Law.

Cambridge Visiting Research Students will be treated like regular Faculty visitors, with access to the library, online resources, and the Senior Combination Room. 

Max Planck Law will cover travel expenses and Cambridge will cover reasonable accommodation costs arranged as far as possible in one of the Cambridge colleges. Should the Cambridge Visiting Research Student be accompanied, then only the costs for the visitor (or equivalent) will be covered.

Successful applicants will be responsible for obtaining the necessary visa and associated travel documentation, should such be required.

The first Cambridge Exchange is scheduled for September 2021. However, given current uncertainties related to COVID-19, this date is provisional and subject to change at short notice.

If you would like to apply, please complete the online form below. The deadline for application is  15 February 2021.

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    1) one-page cover letter, which also states your preference for Michaelmas term, Lent term, or either Michaelmas or Lent term;
    2) one-page CV;
    3) one-page research statement also showing how your research will benfit from your time at Cambridge; and
    4) a screen-shot of an email or a letter from your Institute's Director approving of your stay at Cambridge.

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