Call for Candidates: Doctoral Program Environment and Society

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The Doctoral Program in Environment and Society invites applications from graduates in
the humanities and social sciences who wish to research the complex relationships between environment and society within an interdisciplinary setting. Our program is based at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC), a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum. The RCC is an international center for research and education in the environmental humanities and social sciences: its mission is to advance research and discussion concerning the interrelationship between humans and nature.

The RCC and its partner institutions ensure that all doctoral students have access to a lively research community of international and interdisciplinary scholars. All doctoral students have a permanent workspace at the RCC or the Deutsches Museum; a program of regular colloquia, workshops, and talks by visiting academics; excellent supervision by members of the academic board; and a sociable and diverse peer group.

The program does not offer scholarships for doctoral candidates, but can assist students
who apply for external funding: limited funding is available for conference travel and archival or field research. Applicants must hold a Master’s degree from a recognized university, show evidence of excellence in their field of study, and present a plan for a doctoral project in one of the following areas or combination of areas:
• Environmental History, History of Science and Technology
• Environmental Humanities, Literature and Environment
• Art and the Environment in Historical Perspectives
• Environmental Sociology, Political Economy
• Energy and Resource Economics for Sustainability
• Geography, Human-Environment Relations
• Geology and Natural Catastrophes
• Bioarchaeology, Life Sciences in Society
• Environmental Law
• Environmental Policy (Comparative and International), Politics of Ecological Transitions
• Environmental Ethics
• Environmental Anthropology
• Inter-/Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research (e.g. on energy, mobility, or food)

Please submit your application by 15 November 2017 via the LMU Munich Graduate
Center’s online portal. Only applications submitted through the portal will be considered. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of 2017 and will be able to join the program either in April or October 2018.

You will need the following documents for your online application:
• Certification of university degree(s) held
• Proof of higher education entrance qualification (high school diploma or equivalent)
• Master’s thesis (if in a language other than English or German, please provide a table
of contents and a summary of max. five pages in English or German)
• An academic curriculum vitae (including publications, if applicable)
• A letter of motivation for your application to the program (no more than two pages)
• A research proposal (max. five pages, including bibliography, footnotes, and timetable)
• The name of a member of the Academic Board whose research interests best match
your dissertation project
• Name and contact information for two referees (university lecturers), able to give
information about your suitability for the program and your academic potential

For further information on the Doctoral Program in Environment and Society, please visit the program’s website.

Please contact us by email ( for answers to
any questions not covered on our website.

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