Scholarship Overview

  • Country: Germany
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: German Institute of Development and Sustainability
  • Funded by: German Institute of Development and Sustainability
  • Tuition Type: Partial tuition
  • Degree Program: Undergraduate, Masters and PhD
  • Scholarship Amount:  €58,500
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: 7 July, 2024.

Scholarship Benefits

  • Flexible hours with a weekly working time of 70%, totaling 27.3 hours per week.
  • Option for remote work (“Homeoffice”) up to 60% of the week.
  • Engage in research projects focused on “Environmental Governance” with an experienced team.
  • Access to a subsidized Deutschland-Job-Ticket for just €23.28 per month, with good public transport connectivity.
  • Annual special payment according to TVöD Bund regulations.
  • Up to 30 days of annual leave plus 6 company holidays.
  • Opportunities for professional development through training.
  • Company pension plan with VBLU.
  • Numerous additional social and monetary benefits.
  • Gross annual salary ranging from €40,800 to €58,500.


A Master’s degree with excellent grades in fields such as social sciences (e.g., political science, institutional economics) with a background in environmental governance; or environmental/sustainability studies with robust social science training.

Demonstrated knowledge and research experience in areas like climate, biodiversity, or environmental governance; governance of commons; politics of nature-based solutions.

Proven expertise and experience with qualitative research methodologies in social sciences.

Strong interest and prior experience with the Ostrom school of political economy is highly advantageous.

Research or work experience in developing countries is highly beneficial.

Strong motivation and dedication to pursuing a PhD.

Enthusiasm for working within an inter- and transdisciplinary, globally dispersed team.

Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills.

Proficiency in written and spoken English; knowledge of German, French, and/or Spanish is advantageous.

Willingness and ability to travel abroad, including to countries with tropical climates.

How to apply

To apply for this scholarship, you will have to provide the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Application Form
  • Relevant certificates
  • Curriculum vitae

Additional Information

The German Institute of Development Scholarship provides annual funding of up to €58,500 for students working towards their doctoral degrees at the institute. It offers a supportive and outstanding research environment focused on development policy, including regular workshops with globally recognized scientists, international conferences, and opportunities for research stays abroad.

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