PhD in Sustainable Urban and Regional Development, Germany

Deadline: 15 September 2014
Open to: Master degree in Spatial Planning and Development (including City and Regional Planning, Urban Regeneration, Landscape Planning, Traffic Planning), Geography, Economics, or Environmental Sciences
Fellowship: monthly stipend, roundtrip airfare, funds for academic programme, research related costs


The DLGS – Dresden Leibniz Graduate School is jointly run by the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden (IÖR), and the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning, Hannover (ARL). The DLGS offers Doctoral Fellowships for up to three years. Applications are reviewed once a year.

The focus of the Graduate School is “Urban and Regional Resilience – Managing Change for Sustainable Urban and Regional Development”. Doctoral candidates investigate new concepts for managing change in sustainable urban and regional development. A detailed description of lines of research and topics can be found here.


This announcement addresses excellent graduates (holding an M.A., M.Sc. or equivalent, and a master’s thesis graded good or equivalent, corresponding to 2 or better under Germany’s grading system in Spatial Planning and Development (including City and Regional Planning, Urban Regeneration, Landscape Planning, Traffic Planning), Geography, Economics, or Environmental Sciences. No more than four years should have passed since the applicant gained his/her master level degree.

Applications from outside Germany are particularly welcome. All applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English (in general confirmed by some form of official certification) and be comfortable working in teams. Successful applicants must take up residence in Dresden in order to be present regularly / daily at DLGS premises during working hours. Fellowship holders must comply with the regulations for a doctoral degree issued by the relevant faculties of the Technische Universität Dresden.


The fellowship provides the following: a fixed monthly stipend for the fellows’ living expenses in Dresden (determined by the DFG – German Research Foundation), funds to attend the DLGS academic programme (including German lessons for non-native speakers of German language), limited funds for project-related travel and other research expenses, and the round-trip airfare to Germany (both subject to approval by the DLGS management board). There is no additional family supplement provided to fellows accompanied by a partner and/or children.


Please submit your application by using the DLGS online application system. Deadline for the application for the next DLGS cohort (2015 – 2017) is September 15, 2014. Selection interviews for this cohort are planned via Skype for the fourth quarter of 2014.

For more information visit the official website HERE.

3 thoughts on “PhD in Sustainable Urban and Regional Development, Germany

  1. i am a lady at my last semester at the kwame nkrumah university of science and technology in Ghana, Africa for my MSC DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND PLANNING and it will be my greatest joy in life to attain a phd in sustainable development studies in a country so robust and developed like the germany.

    i wish i recieve a scholarship to help facilitate my studies.


  2. My name is shishay I am an Ethiopian and M.Sc holder in Urban management with CGPA 4.00 and Excelllent thesis with title in sustainable urban development.Plesee help me to realize my dream to help Africa and my country in sustainable urban development development

  3. Dear sir/madam
    I have master degree in ecotourism and I am studying in italy now in another master degree, but I am really interested in your phd course about sustainable urban and regional development, would you please let me know if it is possible I can apply in this course and how can I apply please? I hope hear from you soon.
    Best regards
    Somayeh Kalantari

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