The RIFS Fellowship programme is inspired by the Potsdam Memorandum's call to gather all sources of ingenuity and inspiration from academia, politics, business and civil society in order to address the multifaceted challenges of sustainability. Since 2010, more than 300 Fellows from over 50 countries have worked at the Institute. Information on current and former Fellows can be found here.
For 2024, RIFS is looking for individuals from academia, public administration, business, politics, civil society and culture who want to contribute to the Institute's mission with their sustainability ideas. RIFS offers them an opportunity to develop their ideas and plans in an international community of highly qualified researchers within the Institute and in the research region of Potsdam-Berlin. They will join the global community of fellows, which spans diverse aspects of sustainability and all continents.
Applications must be thematically relevant to the Institute's research programme and Fellows must work directly with at least one research group. Applications are first reviewed internally for their adaptability and quality. The project proposals are then reviewed by external experts. Based on the internal and external evaluations, the Institute's management will make its decision by the end of 2023. The application deadline is 13 August 2023.
The call for applications and further information on requirements and general conditions can be found here. In addition, an information seminar on the application process and the Fellow Programme in general will be offered on 3 July 2023 and 17 July 2023.
In addition, there are currently two more calls for fellowships: the Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellowship and the #FactoryWisskomm Fellowship. More information is available on the website of the Fellow Programme.