Selection Process

All received applications go through a selection process. Considering they match the overall DLGS scientific remit and concern for producing knowledge to enhance spatial sustainability transformations. 

Applicants are free to design research proposals according to their individual interests and abilities. However, they must ensure that their research will:

  1. Address the topic of the current DLGS call (for scholarship applications); and/or the DLGS scientific remit (for other applications)
  2. Align with IOER research areas (one or several)
  3. Have a suitable supervisor (professor) at the TU Dresden / IOER

Applications to the DLGS are evaluated by the Management Board and the Scientific Coordinator. In addition to the selection criteria (relevance, scientific soundness, innovativeness, feasibility), this also considers key balancing criteria (gender, disciplines, geography) – see Guide for applicants for details.

For rolling applications and applications for visiting doctoral candidates, DLGS screens your application using the same criteria as mentioned above. Promising candidates are invited for interviews online. This review is usually completed within three months after the submission of the application. The final decision follows soon after the interview.

Our selection of fellows strives for strong coherence, complementarity and synergies within every cohort, as well as regarding previous cohorts. This allows us to build a vibrant community of young researchers engaging in a shared path of knowledge production and co-creation.