Applications Invited for IASS Fellow Programme

Applications Invited for IASS Fellow Programme

Organization: Iass potsdam

Apply By: 22 Jul 2022

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About the Organization

The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies conducts research with the goal of understanding, advancing, and guiding processes of societal change towards sustainable development. Our research approach is transformative, transdisciplinary, and co-creative: IASS researchers collaborate with diverse actors from science, policymaking and public administration as well as business and civil society to develop a common understanding of sustainability challenges and generate potential solutions.

About the Fellowship

Each year, around 30 people from across the world participate in our IASS 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.

 We particularly welcome proposals that envisage active collaboration with IASS researchers and aim to achieve joint outputs with one or more of the institute’s research groups. With this in mind, applicants are encouraged to contact the coordinator of the Fellow Unit and to consult directly with researchers at the IASS while developing their project proposal.


Applicants from the scientific community are expected to have a PhD or similar level of experience. Nonacademic applicants should have several years of work experience in their chosen field. 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, including science, public administration, the private sector, civil society, media and the arts.

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is 23:59 Central European Standard Time on 22 July 2022. Applications will undergo a formal review process supervised by the Fellow Unit. This will include an internal review by IASS research group leaders, as well as an external review of the short-listed top candidates. It is expected that the final decision will be made around December 2022. The selection process is guided by the Institute’s gender equality and diversity policies.

For your application, we require the following documents:

A letter of motivation. Please specify whether you consider yourself an academic or a practitioner. Academics are asked to outline their prior experience at the interface of their field of expertise and other sectors of society (such as science, politics, business, the arts, media, etc.). Please also mention how you became aware of the call for applications.

A current CV of no more than three pages. Please provide only professional information. Personal information (e.g., age, family status, nationality, photo, etc.) are neither required nor requested.

If available, a list of projects, publications, lectures or similar can be added. The list should be limited to the most important items and not exceed three pages.

A proposal outlining your planned project, including specific activities and outputs. The proposal should be no longer than five pages (excluding bibliographic references) and should be structured as follows:

  • Title of your project
  • Project outline (max. 300 words)
  • Specification of which of the six research areas your activities are most closely linked to
  • Work plan: What are the activities you plan to conduct during your time at the IASS?
  • Ambition: What do you aim to achieve together with IASS through your fellowship?
  • Resource needs: What financial and/or physical resources do you need to achieve your aims?
  • Timeline (intended start and end of your fellowship)

Applications that do not follow the above structure may be rejected. Applications must be submitted in English. All documents should be collated into a single PDF file not exceeding 10MB. Please send your application to fellowship@iass-potsdam.de.*

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