German Institute of Development Scholarship 2024

The German Institute of Development and Sustainability Scholarship (IDOS) offers an inspiring, family-friendly working environment at the interface of research and policy advice, with ample opportunities to engage in international discussions, political processes, and scientific debates.

The researcher/PhD candidate will contribute to the international consortium project “BioCAM4 – Biodiversity Integration in Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Actions for Planet, People, and Human Health”.

The project is co-funded by DFG. BioCAM4 analyses the potential and impacts of Nature-based Climate Actions (NBCA), which are collaborative commitments that integrate biodiversity ambition within climate adaptation and mitigation actions for planet, people, and human health.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • a Master with very good grades in one of the following areas: social sciences (e.g. political science, institutional economics) with prior exposure to environmental governance; environmental/sustainability studies with strong social science training;
  • Proven knowledge and experience in research in at least one of the following fields: climate, biodiversity or environmental governance; governing the commons; politics of nature-based solutions;
  • Proven knowledge in and experience with qualitative research methodologies in social sciences;
  • Strong interest in and prior exposure to the Ostrom school of political economy is a strong asset;
  • Research or work experience in developing countries is a strong asset;
  • Strong motivation and commitment towards pursuing a PhD;
  • Eagerness to work in an inter- and transdisciplinary, globally dispersed team;
  • Strong writing, communication and organisational skills;
  • Fluent written and spoken English, good command of German, French and/or Spanish are assets;
  • Willingness and aptness to travel abroad, including countries with a tropical climate


  • Flexible working hours with a weekly working time of 70%, 27,3 hours/week;
  • Possibility of mobile working (“Homeoffice”) up to 60% per week;
  • Participation in research projects in the subject area “Environmental Governance” in a very experienced research team;
  • Possibility to use a subsidized Deutschland-Job-Ticket for only €23.28/month and good access to public transportation;
  • Special annual payment in accordance with TVöD Bund;
  • Up to 30 days annual vacation plus 6 days company vacation;
  • Trainings for further professional development;
  • Company pension scheme with the VBLU;
  • Many more social and monetary benefits.
  • 40.800  – 58.500 Euro gross per year

Required Documents

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

How to Apply?


Deadline: July 7, 2024

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