About DLGS

The Dresden Leibniz Graduate School is a structured doctoral program in the field of spatial sustainability science, with attractive scientific collaborations and a tailored academic program. It is a joint interdisciplinary facility of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) and was established in 2008 to address the spatial implications of grand societal challenges. The graduate school is supported by the Leibniz Association, and is independent in designing its scientific program, committed to scientific excellence, and subject to regular international peer review.

DLGS scholarships for key topics are advertised once a year (June), but are also available for topic propositions anytime. Joining DLGS with other funding as well as temporarily as a visiting researcher is possible all year round. 

The DLGS doctoral program is taught and conducted entirely in English language. The outcome of the program is a successful defense of the doctoral dissertation. A dissertation can be written as a monograph: the research written in a collective format as a book; or cumulative: series of interlinked journal articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

It is aimed at graduates with a Master's degree in any field of pertinence for studying spatial sustainability transformations, such as geography, urban and regional planning, urban studies, environmental sciences, science and technology studies, transition studies, geoinformatics, civil engineering, architecture, economics, sociology, political sciences, or anthropology, among others. 

What we offer:

  • Opportunity to engage with a global community of young transformative leaders in and beyond research
  • Guidance by leading international scholars
  • Development of scientific and non-scientific skills through participation in the academic program
  • Summer school and conference participations for networking and feedback
  • Integration in a large inter- and transdisciplinary research team at IOER and TUD
  • Training towards academic careers in leading research institutes and universities, or professional careers in public administration, civil society organisations or businesses

Concept and Organisation

Mission and Goals

The aims of the DLGS are to prepare the next generation of transformative leaders in spatial sustainability sciences. It strives to foster the academic and professional skills required to meet the diverse challenges related to spatial change dynamics and the global human-ecological crisis.

Scientific Profile and Remit

The DLGS strives to develop novel insights and approaches to face the challenges of spatial sustainability transformations. We encourage and support pioneering studies across a broad range of disciplines.

Governance and Management

The governance structure of the DLGS ensures strategic orientation and interdisciplinary collaboration. It comprises a Management Board and an Advisory Board, a coordinator, as well as arrangements for supervision and mentoring.

Programme Structure

The DLGS offers an interdisciplinary 3-year programme that aims to equip candidates with knowledge and skills necessary to successfully defend their doctoral dissertation.