IASS Fellowship

The IASS Fellowship Programme is inspired by the Potsdam Memorandum’s call to gather all sources of ingenuity and inspiration from academia, politics, business and civil society to address the sustainability challenges of our time. The fellows are a key resource for the institute; they support our research, improve our transdisciplinary methodology, and, together with our researchers, reach out to political, economic and social actors.

The Fellowship Programme is designed to bring highly qualified people from academia, the business world, and civil society to the institute, who provide expertise, inspiration, and creative input. In return, the IASS offers fellows the opportunity to develop their ideas in an international community of world-class researchers, within the institute as well as in the wider research landscape of Potsdam and Berlin. The fellows are actively supported in their endeavours to make new connections and to develop new ideas and activities together with IASS researchers..

About 30 fellows come to the IASS each year. A public call for applications is issued each year for the following year. Beyond that, the Scientific Directors may invite individuals from all over the world to collaborate with the IASS on specific themes and activities for a limited period of time. The IASS seeks individuals from all disciplines and areas of society, including politicians, journalists and artists. The public call is often geared to topics and questions on which the IASS wishes to focus attention over the course of the envisioned tenure.

Every year, about 30 Fellows from around the world at multiple career stages are invited to join the institute for up to one year. Fellows work with each other and together with the staff of the IASS, they provide expertise, inspiration, and creative input. In turn, the IASS offers Fellows the opportunity to develop their ideas within an international community of well-known researchers, not only within the institute, but also within the wider Potsdam-Berlin area. A key aspect is the transdisciplinary approach to research, bringing together individuals from academia, politics, the business sector and civil society while actively engaging in public discourse.

The IASS invites applications for fellowships focusing on the following issues for 2019:
  • Theories and methodologies of how to link transformation and transformative research:
    The IASS investigates and supports transformation processes towards sustainability based on democratic processes that include dealing with societal conflicts and plural forms of knowledge. The institute aims to develop a theoretical and methodological approach that addresses the gap between science and society/politics. The institute pursues its role as a navigator for exploring, developing a deep understanding of and producing the resulting orientation knowledge for transformations towards sustainability.
  • Concepts and methodologies for collecting and measuring societal impact of transformation research: The IASS is mandated to produce both academic and societal impact. Whilst measuring academic performance is well established in the evaluation practice, measuring impacts on politics and society remains a major challenge. The IASS aims not only to develop an effective and innovative evaluation framework that can be used across different application areas of sustainability science but also undertakes to make a significant contribution to the theory and practice of such impact assessments.
Applications with a thematic focus on the broader sustainability topics that the IASS is currently addressing are also welcomed. Please check our website for an overview of our research, themes and areas of work: https://www.iass-potsdam.de/en/research.

Fellowships are open for individuals in all career stages and can be combined with sabbaticals. The IASS also strongly encourages public administrators, corporate managers, journalists or artists and a strong interest in trans-disciplinary research to apply.

The minimum requirement for academic applicants is a Ph.D.
For all others a Master Degree, or similar academic qualification, along with proven professional experience on sustainability issues, and English language proficiency are required. In case of outstanding qualifications and track record, applications by Ph.D. students, preferably from the Global South, may also be considered for a Fellowship.

Fellows receive a financial compensation intended to cover their additional costs of living during their stay in Germany. The compensation is oriented towards the salary scheme of the German academic system and scaled according to the relative experience of the successful applicant. Upon request, the IASS also provides limited resources, such as travel funding, publication fees or support for events.

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