Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies > Fellowship Programme (Germany)

The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS) is an international, inter- and transdisciplinary research institute located in Potsdam. Each year, about 30 individuals from around the world participate in the institute’s Fellow Programme. During their stay, fellows work with each other and with IASS researchers, providing expertise, inspiration, and creative input. In return, the IASS offers fellows the opportunity to develop their ideas in an international community of eminent researchers, not only within the institute, but also in the wider Potsdam-Berlin area. In keeping with the institute’s transdisciplinary approach to research, fellows are encouraged to engage with stakeholders from all areas of society.

Applications should be related to one or more than one of the current research areas of the IASS:

  • Perception, values, orientation.

  • Democratic transformations.

  • Governance for the environment and society.

  • Systemic interdependencies: technology, nature, society.

  • Energy systems and societal change.

  • Forums: science, policy and society.

Fellowships are open to individuals at all career stages and may be combined with sabbaticals. The IASS strongly encourages experts with a strong interest in sustainability and societal transformation to apply for this programme. Applicants can come from a wide range of sectors such as science, public administration, the private sector, civil society, media or the arts.

Fellows will receive financial compensation to cover their additional costs of living during their stay in Germany. The exact amount will depend on the particular situation of the successful applicant (e.g. whether they are on paid or unpaid leave) and will be decided on an individual basis. On request, the IASS can also provide limited resources to cover travel expenses, publication fees, support for organising workshops, production costs for artistic work, etc.

The minimum duration of fellowships is three months, and the maximum duration is twelve months. Fellows are expected to be physically present at the IASS during their stay and actively contribute to the work of the institute, for example by holding seminars and participating in other IASS activities. The intended starting period for fellowships is Spring/Summer 2021. Fellows are permitted to interrupt their fellowship and may even divide it into several stages. In any case, fellowships in this cohort have to be concluded by 30 June 2022.

Deadline: 23 August 2020

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