Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Fellows Program 2022 (Funded)

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Fellows Program 2022 (Funded)

Deadline: August 22, 2021

Applications are open for the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Fellows Program 2022. Each year, about 30 individuals from around the world participate in the institute’s Fellow Program. 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.

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 2022. Fellows are permitted to interrupt their fellowship and may even divide it into several stages. However, the IASS is aware that the Corona pandemic may not be over by early 2022. Special arrangements will be made possible, e.g. beginning the Fellowship remotely and physically joining at a later stage when travel is permitted.


  • 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.


  • 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 program.
  • Applicants can come from a wide range of sectors such as science, public administration, the private sector, civil society, media and the arts.
  • Applicants from the scientific community are expected to generally have a PhD or similar level of experience. For those outside academia, several years’ work experience in a given field is a requirement.


For your application, they require the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation. Please mention whether you consider yourself an academic or a practitioner, and for academics what prior experience you have at the interface of your field of expertise and other sectors of society (such as science, politics, business, the arts, media, etc.).
  • A current CV which should not exceed three pages.
  • 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 activities. 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
    • Description of activities
    • Details of how these activities will contribute to the work of the IASS
    • Resource needs (e.g. funds for workshops, travel or infrastructure needs, such as software)
    • Timeline (intended start and end of 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 and send to [email protected].

For more information, visit IASS Fellowship.