Dresden Leibniz Graduate School Doctoral Fellowships in Sustainable Urban Development 1296 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) is inviting applications for Doctoral Fellowships in “Sustainable, resilient and inclusive cities and regions” for the 2020-2022 cohort. The fellowships at Technische Universität Dresden, which are for up to 3 years (with yearly review), will commence March 2020. Doctoral candidates will investigate new concepts, instruments and policies to promote social development, economic growth and environmentally sustainable urban and regional development.

Research proposals should deal with the analysis of inequalities within cities as well as between cities and rural areas, and/or the role of integrated policies, strategies and plans for sustainable, resilient and inclusive cities and regions, giving attention to environmental issues and environmentally sustainable approaches and solutions. They could be related to the following fields:

The cases covered by the research should be related to: 1) Urban and regional development and planning 2) Landscape planning 3) Economics and 4) Sociology.

The first year of the structured programme is concentrated on intensive course work and on the development of the doctoral thesis project. The second year is given over to empirical work, including field work. Fellows work on completing their doctoral thesis in the third year.  Fellows can get to attend workshops (for example on quantitative and qualitative methods) as well as autumn schools and international events to acquire special skills and general competencies.


The fellowship provides for: a fixed monthly stipend for the fellows’ living expenses in Dresden, funds to attend the DLGS academic programme (including German lessons for non-native speakers), limited funds for project-related travel and other research expenses, and the round-trip airfare to Germany. There is no additional family subsidy for fellows accompanied by a partner and/or children.


Applicants have to be excellent graduates who hold an M.A., M.Sc. or equivalent (from at least a 2-year programme) in Spatial Planning and Development (including City and Regional Planning and Landscape Planning), Economics, Sociology, Geography or Environmental Sciences, from a recognised university and no more than 4 years should have passed since obtaining the Masters degree. They must have written a Masters thesis. Applicants from other disciplines are welcome if they are able to convincingly relate their area of interest to the DLGS research topics. Applicants nearing completion of their Masters degree may be provisionally accepted.

Applicants have to be fluent in spoken and written English and comfortable working in teams. Fellows have to take up residence in Dresden, and be regularly or daily present at DLGS premises during working hours. Fellows must comply with the regulations for a doctoral degree issued by the relevant faculties of the Technische Universität Dresden from which they are to get their doctoral degree (Environmental Sciences, Business and Economics, Architecture and Arts, Humanities and Social Science). Applications from outside of Germany are particularly welcome.


Applications are to be done online by 15 September 2019.

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