Research on the complex relationships between the environment and society can only be carried out on an interdisciplinary basis. The doctoral program Environment and Society is therefore aimed at graduates from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences who wish to research questions concerning the nature/culture/environment interface. Within the scope of the program, doctoral students acquire the ability to understand the origins and interactions of complex natural and social processes. The doctoral program brings together expertise on environmental research from university and non-university institutions in Munich. The program is based at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum. Its stimulating research environment, intensive supervision, and opportunity to form international networks offer excellent conditions for doctoral students.
The doctoral program does not offer any scholarships to its participants, but can assist its students by financially supporting PhD related activities like conferences participation and archival research trips.
Applicants wishing to be admitted to this doctoral program must hold a degree from a recognized university and show evidence of excellence in their chosen field of study.
The following documents should be submitted together with the application
• Curriculum Vitae with detailed information on the candidate’s academic career.
• Proof of higher education entrance qualification
• Documentation of university degree(s) held
• One copy of the Master’s thesis
• Name and address of two references (university lecturers) able to give information about the suitability and academic potential of the applicant
• Name of a member of the academic board who is prepared to supervise the applicant’s dissertational research
• List of publications, if applicable
• PhD research proposal (summary of max. 5 pages)
• Applicants involved in collaborative research projects do not need to submit a research proposal, and should instead submit a detailed statement of purpose.
Candidates can start the program in the winter semester. The closing date for applications for the winter semester 2011/2012 is 1 May 2011.
Please contact PhD Program Coordinator for any questions about the program.
Doctoral Program „Environment and Society“
Rachel Carson Center
For further information on the Environment and Society PhD Program, including application details and FAQ, please visit the Environment and Society homepage.
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