So you’ve finally got the PhD degree you worked so hard for. Congratulations! But what are you going to do next? While this is a crucial question in its own right, that will be discussed in some more detail later in this blog, I want to take the opportunity to point toward one of the (still far too few) options to continue an academic career in sustainability science. While it is often difficult to find funding for your PhD, things might get even worse if you try to find something equivalent as a postdoc. However, there are examples of funding opportunities that give the freedom to continue your research and work on an academic career if that is the path you have chosen.
One of these examples that might be worth considering is a postdoc fellowship in the Postdoctoral Research Group “Sustainable Future” at the University of Hamburg. Launched in 2012 at the newly established Center for a Sustainable University. “Sustainable Future” aims to “attract[ing] excellent junior researchers with a clear potential to develop and realize their projects under the banner of sustainability research” (or so it says on their website). Fellowships will be granted to individuals with a dual membership both in a (disciplinary-oriented) department of the university and in the interdisciplinary research group in which problems, issues and perspectives of sustainability should be researched in a broader context.
The research group offers full-time or part-time grants for living costs with an additional lump sum for travel expenses and research costs, and applications are open to all disciplines. Applications can be submitted twice a year at the end of June and end of December.
The next deadline is December 31st 2012 – still enough time to get your application together?! Good luck!
Information on the website of the Center for a Sustainable University.