Course

Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership

28 Sep, 2021 - 16 Mar, 2023

 
The call for applications for the fourth cohort of the Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership is now open!  This year’s call focuses on pathways for regenerative development, for a program exploring the interactions between crisis and opportunity and the ability to seize such opportunities to navigate transformations towards regenerative development and biosphere stewardship – in three words: building back better. Our call is thus for postdoctoral scholars researching sustainability issues in the broadest sense as well as transformative change, not only with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic.. apply now!
 
The Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership is a joint project of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the four academic centers Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Stockholm Resilience Centre and DRIFT, Rotterdam. It offers a unique program that trains the next generation of leaders in sustainability research affiliated with a European research institution.
 
With this year’s focus topic Pathways for Regenerative Development, the program provides an intensive high-end training with four seminars in two years. The seminars broaden the research competencies of postdocs and promote their qualifications towards transdisciplinary leadership. The program also offers seed funding (e.g. for stakeholder meetings or proposal writing activities) to groups of participants planning to initiate research collaborations. Furthermore, an active network of current and former participants of the program will be established.
 
For who?
The program aims at postdocs from academic institutions across Europe who want to make a research impact in the transformation towards a sustainable society and advance the complementarity of social sciences, natural sciences and the humanities.

Applicants should:

  • be excellent researchers with a vision (societal impact),
  • have a strong interest in doing inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability research,
  • have a research topic relevant to the year’s focus topic,
  • be striving towards academic leadership positions,
  • be academic intrapreneurs who act responsibly and initiate positive change in their institutions,
  • be fluent in English and
  • have funds for their postdoc research for the majority of the duration of the Postdoc Academy.

20 researchers will be selected per intake.
 
For a short impression take a look at this video-story.
 
What can you expect?
Each year the PostDoc academy recruits a select number of participants to take part in a 2 year ‘course run’ with an overarching theme. A course run consists of four seminars (three full days each) over a period of two years. Each seminar will take place at one of the four academic centres and focus on their respective expertise. The seminars build on each other and are complementary. They are linked by four thematic modules that create an overarching framework:
 

 
Timing & location
A course run consists of four seminars (three full days each) over a period of two years. Each seminar will take place at one of the four academic centres and focus on their respective expertise. Details for the fourth cohort are:
 

  • 1st seminar from 28 to 30 September 2021 at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
  • 2nd seminar from 8th to 10th February 2022 at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany
  • 3rd seminar from 11th to 13th October 2022 at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
  • 4th seminar from 14th to 16th March 2023 at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 
Application
You can apply to the third course run of the Academy via the online application form on the website of the Robert Bosch Stiftung until 15  February 2021 (midnight).
 
In order to view the application form and apply you will need to register on the online platform. Once registered you can work on your application. Please safe regularly. If your application is considered successful in the first stage, you will be invited to an assessment workshop.
 
For more information please visit the website of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.