The Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) is a joint interdisciplinary facility of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). It hosts international doctoral candidates and invites applications from all disciplines selected in a competitive process, with an opportunity to be supported by a full-time scholarship for a period of three years.

The DLGS was established in 2008 to address the spatial implications of grand societal challenges. The graduate school is supported by the Leibniz Association, and operated by the IOER and the TUD. It is independent in designing its scientific program, committed to scientific excellence, and subject to regular international peer review.


September 13th, 2022 | Workshop
PhD workshop on 'Identity‐driven Research: The Importance of Reflecting and Including Inner Dimensions as a Scientist within the Research Process' by Dr. Martina Artmann (IOER) and Dr. Neelakshi Joshi (IOER). 

September 21st, 2022 | DLGS Summer School 
The DLGS Summer School will be held as a preceding event to the IOER Annual Conference 2022 . 

September 26th, 2022 | Workshop
Workshop on conducting 'systematic literature review' byDr. Anne-Karen Hueske (Copenhagen Business School).

October 12th, 2022 | Lecture
'Spatial sustainability science' by Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram (IOER and TUD).

News from the DLGS

Call for applications 2023
Beyond 2030: Envisioning sustainable and resilient places for transformative change

DLGS announces PhD scholarships for young scientists in the field of spatial sustainability science to explore the topic of envisioning future places for transformative change. The deadline for application submission is 1st September, 2022. The program starts on 1st March 2023.

Read more about the call and the application process.


DLGS 2020 cohort participates at the Methods Summer School of the STRN

The Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN) organized a week-long Methods School at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) from 06 – 10 June, 2022. Tieza Mica Santos from the DLGS 2020 cohort who participated in the training-workshop shares her key takeaways from the summer school.

Read more about the participation at STRN


“How much startup is in your PhD?”- Young Entrepreneurs in Science

With the intention of exploring means to apply their ongoing PhD dissertations to issues on the ground, DLGS-2021 fellows attended the Leibniz-Falling Walls workshop on “how to turn your PhD into a startup”. The workshop was organised by Leibniz Gemeinschaft and Falling Walls and was held in the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Science (ISAS), Dortmund on the 11th and 12th of May, 2022.

Read more about the two-day workshop for the young entrepreneurs in science