Apply now: From 2021 DLGS investigates Challenges of Spatial Sustainability Transformations

The Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) relaunches with a new concept and program, new members in its committees, and a hot topic: the increasing problems caused by heat and drought in urban contexts. From 2021, the international graduate school will work on "spatial sustainability transformations" in an interdisciplinary manner, offering scholarships to address selected priority challenges. Interested young scientists can apply until September 15, 2020.


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The call is aimed at excellent graduates with a Master’s degree in any field of pertinence for studying spatial sustainability transformations, such as e.g. geography, urban and regional planning, urban studies, environmental sciences, science and technology studies, geoinformatics, civil engineering, architecture, economics, sociology, political sciences, and anthropology, among others. Applicants from any disciplines are welcome as long as they are able to convincingly relate their research proposal to the DLGS call topic and at least one of the IOER research areas. Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (at least a two-year Master’s programme and a Master’s thesis) from a recognized university. No more than three years should have been passed since the date of receiving the Master’s degree certificate, counting from the application deadline.

Considering the graduate school’s new scientific remit and concern for producing knowledge to enhance spatial sustainability transformations, the current call topic zooms in on a well-substantiated priority challenge of heat and drought in urban context. The graduate school is looking for research proposals that confront this high priority challenge and explore its implications theoretically and/or empirically, aiming to support novel and potentially groundbreaking theoretical developments, approaches or solutions for transformative change that can limit urban drivers for heat and drought, and foster resilience to them.

The Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) is a joint interdisciplinary facility of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). It hosts international doctoral students selected in a competitive process, and supported by a full scholarship or contracted part-time at the IOER.

Call for applications (PDF)

Call for applications and further information on applying on the DLGS website 

Contact at the IOER
Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram (Chair)
Dr. Shikha Ranjha (Scientific Coordinator), e-mail: dlgs[im]ioer.de