The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Highly competitive Max Weber Fellowship awarded to doctoral candidate Misun Lim

University of Massachusetts Sociology doctoral candidate Misun Lim

Doctoral candidate Misun Lim will be spending her postdoctoral career in Florence, Italy, at the European University Institute (EUI) thanks to a two-year fellowship from the Max Weber Programme (MWP). The MWP is a highly selective and competitive fellowship in the historical and social sciences, and is the largest postdoctoral program in Europe. About 60 candidates are chosen from approximately 1200 annual applicants based on their academic accomplishments and the strength of their research proposal.

“I’m very happy and grateful for this amazing opportunity,” says Lim.

The Programme is a structured fellowship that includes support for academic writing, assistance with grant applications, developing a strategy for a successful job search in academic institutions, and the opportunity to teach in some of Europe’s leading universities. Lim will spend her time expanding her research on the effects of motherhood on earnings, sometimes called the “motherhood wage penalty”, across women’s life courses, and whether millennial women experience the wage penalty for motherhood to the same degree as do baby boom women. The work will involve writing journal articles, as well as developing new research projects.

“I’m certain that the Max Weber Fellowship will fit optimally with my interests in quantitative methods and interdisciplinary social science,” explains Lim. “I’m honored to become part of the Max Weber Programme’s thirteenth cohort,” she adds.