Call for Applications: 2013 Global Sustainability Summer School (Two-Weeks All-Expense Summer Programme in Postdam Germany).


Application Deadline: April 1st 2013

Global Sustainability Summer School 2013 – Complex(c)ity – urbanization and energy transitions in a changing climate

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), in partnership with the Santa Fe Institute (SFI), the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), the Oxford Martin School (University of Oxford), the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), call for applications from suitable candidates  for the 2013 Global Sustainability Summer School.

This event which we shall be holding in Potsdam, Germany for the second time is unique of its kind in Europe. It will bring together young scientists, professionals from governmental and non-governmental agencies as well as the private sector from around the world.

For further details, including eligibility and application requirements go to application

The 2013 Global Sustainability Summer School is organized jointly by PIK and IASS and will be hosted at both institutions in Potsdam, Germany.

This intense two-week programme explores 
global sustainability issues from a complex systems perspective with particular focus on urbanization, climate change and sustainable energy supply.



Applicants, aged 25 to 40 from all countries are welcome. Applications are sought not only from advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior and senior faculty members in relevant disciplines but also from representatives of governmental and non-governmental agencies as well as from the private sector.

Women, minorities and young professionals or students from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

The enrollment is limited to 35 participants.


No tuition fee will be charged. The cost of accommodation, breakfast, lunch and most dinners will be covered, except for the weekend and the evenings of July 03, 09 and 11. Students are expected to arrange and pay for their own travel to and from the Global Sustainability Summer School event in Potsdam. A few 
travel scholarships may be awarded depending on individual needs and the availability of funds.

Please, make sure that you bring some pocket money to cover  for your free time after hours and at the weekend.

Application Requirements 

A full application consists of the following documents:

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A letter of motivation
  • One letter of recommendation
  • The completely filled out application form – Click here for download the PDF / Click here for download the Word-file.

Your resume or curriculum vitae should include a clear description of your current educational or professional status and a list of publications, if any.

Your letter of motivation should explain why you want to attend the summer school. The statement can be 1 – 2 pages in length.

We also require one letter of recommendation from faculty (for graduate student applicants) or professional colleagues (for all other applicants).  When you complete the application form, please also provide the e-mail address of the person who has recommended you.

It is very important that you name your file according to the following order:
last name_first name_year of birth(YYYY)
For example:  miller_prabina_1980

All full applications received by April 1st, 2013 will be given due consideration.

Any application received after this date can only be entertained on a space-available basis.

For further information, please email angela.borowski(at)

For More Information: Visit the 2013 Global Sustainability Summer School Webpage


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