The application is a five-page online form.
The deadline is on Sunday, March 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. of the last time zone on earth.


Here is a checklist of what you should prepare in advance.

  • Statement of interest (input as text)
    Two short essays of no more than 2222 characters or approximately 300 words each. The content of your two essays should answer the following questions:
    (a) What's your motivation to attend the Summer Institute?
    (b) How do you think attending the summer institute will inform your research?
  • Curriculum Vitae (upload as PDF)
  • Abstract of your research (input as text)
    No more than 2222 characters or approximately 300 words.
  • One letter of recommendation (e-mail as PDF)
    Please ask your recommender to send your letter of recommendation to si2019 [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de with the subject line “Summer Institute Recommendation Letter for <Firstname Lastname>” before the application deadline.


We welcome any questions you may have to the same e-mail-address.
E-mail | si2019 [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de

Data security

By completing this form, you will be agreeing to your inclusion in the pool of applicants for the Summer Institute at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB). Only a fixed defined group of MPIB staff who select participants will have access to your contact details.

We gather, store, and process the data that you have voluntarily submitted via the contact form for the purpose of correspondence, only when required. We will treat your data in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We assure you that your data will be stored confidentially only within the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB) and will not be released to any third parties.

The personal data that you have given via the contact form will be stored for a period of six months and thereafter deleted. During the six months, you may request the information stored about you by sending an e-mail to si2019 [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de.

You have the right to cancel your consent at any time with effect for the future. Should this be the case, your personal data will be deleted immediately. To achieve this, please send an e-mail to datenschutz [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de (subject: Summer%20Institute%202017) . Furthermore, if you should have any general questions regarding data protection, please contact the data security officer of the Max Planck Society at datenschutz [at] mpg [dot] de.

I hereby confirm that I have read the policy and am aware that the data in the following application form will be submitted to the MPIB: