Guest researcher

Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg i. Br.


The Max Planck Institute for foreign and international Criminal Law in Freiburg attracts researchers from all over the world by offering excellent possibilities to realise individual research projects in the fields of criminal law, criminal procedure and criminology in a limited period of time. The proximity to the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg and the close cooperation with it ensures moreover a particular intensive support for the researchers of the Institute.

Receiving many international applications for a research stay, the Institute unfortunately has to restrict the admitted number of guest researchers caused by the limited infrastructure (e.g. availability of research places and the edp resources). Therefore an early application for the very popular summer time from June until August is highly recommended.

The Institute aims to consider those applicants, submitting a research plan that on one hand fits the research program of the Institute and on the other hand let expect a very promising stay.

Regularly organized lecture activities provide the guest researchers a frame to present their research results to a competent audience. This opportunity is welcome to be followed by discussions with the Directors, research collegues or other guests.

Innovation in 2018

In compliance with the instruction of the Max Planck Society the Institute introduced a guest residency agreement which has to be signed by all our guests since 1st January 2018.

Research stay

up to 5 days

If you would like to use the library for your research within the framework of a short stay (up to five days), we kindly ask you to fill out the online application form Access for External Users and to forward it to the head of the library.

Here you can find the Opening Hours of the Institute and of the library.

longer than 6 days


Applications for a stay longer than 5 days should be sent to:


 Department Person of contact Contact
 Criminal Law Ms. Dr. Johanna Rinceanu, LL.M. E-mail:
 Criminology Mr. Dr. Volker Grundies E-mail:






Your written application has to include:

  • current curriculum vitae (Europass)
  • current passport photograph
  • list of publications
  • research proposal (stay < 1 month => a one-page proposal is sufficient;
                                 stay > 1 month => a two- to three page is expected)


This application procedure also applies to potential guests who plan to file an application for a scholarship from another institution e.g.:

DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst/German Academic Exchange Service)

AvH (Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

KAAD (Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst/Catholic Academic Exchange Service)

KAS (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung/Konrad Adenauer Foundation )

DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft/German Research Foundation)

FES (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung/Friedrich Ebert Foundation)



General information about studying and researching in Germany you will find on the page of

Frequently Asked Questions

provided by the Max Planck Society.


Specific information about visa and health insurances will be provided in the brochure of the max planck society: Living and working in Germany

In case that you need a health insurance for you and/or your family for the duration of your stay, you can contact our personel department in good time before your trip to Germany:


For more information about an accident insurance please see this document:



Headed by the keyword „Housing“ the Max Planck Institute summarizes all informations around the matter of accommodation in Freiburg. It is very important for the Institute to assist its visitors and guest researchers with the matter of accommodation.

As initial help (renting period not longer than 3 monaths) the Institute offers the possibility to rent institute-owned guest apartments in the Fürstenbergstraße or bigger flats in the students area at the Seepark. Furthermore the Institute can arrange contact to other institutions or private landlords offering accommodations.

As the matter of housing appears to be a very individual concern, the Institute takes care to place extensive lists of addresses and valuable Information at its visitor’s disposal.

Beeing university town, Freiburg enjoys a worldwide recognized reputation and also the Max Planck Institute has its international high reputation. Numerous researchers visit our Institute throughout the whole year. Therefore you should consider while planning your travel arrangements, that the seek for housing especially in the very popular summertime from June to August might develop very complicated and tediously. The reason for this is based on the fact that during these popular summer months the demand for housing climbs over the offer of the housingmarket in its extreme.


In order to organize your planning in early time, you will find many helpful advices in the hereunder showed housing brochure:
Housingbroschüre des Instituts ( 97.1 KB)

or at the webpage of the Welcomecenter Freiburg

In addition to the institute-owned guestapartments the institute has the right on seven flats of the local student union to schedule them for our guest researchers: 1 one-room-apartment, 3 two-bedroom-flats and 3 three-bedroom-flats.
These flats are situated in diverse buildings of the students housing estate at the lake-side. For details about vacancy, prices and conditions please contact:



Max Planck Institute for foreign
and international Criminal Law
Administration – Housing
Günterstalstraße 73
D-79100 Freiburg  

 collaboratorService Hours
HousingM. Hunn

K. Stehr
please contact by E-mail+49 (0)761- 7081-1205+49 (0)761-
Reception Mo-Thu    9.00-17.00h
Fr          9.00-14.30h
+49(0)761- 7081-294 
cashier's desk
C. MaierMo-Thu 8.00-11.30h+49(0)761- 7081-1204


Possibilites of accommodation in the vicinity of the Institute: Hotels, roadhouses, bed and breakfast places

Freiburger Wirtschaft und Touristik





When arriving at the Institute please go directly to our Reception.

The Registration or check-in procedure will contain the following steps:


  • From the receptionist you will receive a token for your do-it-yourself registration at the user terminal.
  • After your registration you will be advised of the library rules (especially those guest researchers, who visit us for the first time) and your research place in the library will be assigned to you.
  • Afterwards you can apply for an IT-account.
    Of course you can bring your own notebook. In order to be able to use it or to use the provided computer and to have access to the internet, the IT-Department allots a personal user identification to you.
    Due to lack of manpower the IT-Department is not in the position to introduce the guest researchers to the handling of computers in general.
    In case that you intend to use your own E-mail-contact from home, please make sure, that the tecnical possibility is given and that you can provide the corresponding informations (personal user idetification, password and name of the server).
    Please note that the Institute can only provide an E-mail-account of the MPI domaine if your stay will be longer than one year.
  • Finally back at the reception you will receive an access token/chip for the Institute.
    In order to give you free access to the main building and the administration building during your stay, you will receive an access token which is personalized on you. For this access token you have to pay a protective charge of 26,- Euro at the reception. This charge will be paid back to you, as soon as you give the access token back before you leave the institute.


  • Last update: 7 February 2018
  • Top