Postgraduate Programme

Application phase for the 60th German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) Postgraduate Programme starting September 1, 2024 is open. Deadline: 31.03.2024



IDOS Postgraduate Programme


The Postgraduate Programme enhances the competence of master’s graduates aspiring to a career in international cooperation for development and sustainability. The Postgraduate Programme offers a comprehensive 360-degree perspective on global cooperation, and participants learn competences for partnership-based cooperation. Participants gain a foundation for reflective and dedicated professional action and are part of our valuable network. Thus, the Programme is more than just a gateway into a career.

Each year, 18 people are selected for the 9-month programme.


How does cooperation in partnership work?

In the Programme, you will strengthen your cooperation skills through intensive teamwork and collaboration with our international partners. The Programme continuously fosters opportunities for meaningful encounters and exchange. We not only teach cooperation, we live it.

How do research findings influence policy-making?

At IDOS, we work empirically at the interface between science, policy and development practice. Our participants gain experience in theory-led and empirically based policy advice as a basis for political decision-making. This proximity to political decision-making processes makes the Postgraduate Programme at IDOS unique.

How do postcolonial power structures shape our work?

What is my positionality as a researcher and adviser? What are my privileges in a world shaped by inequalities? In the Postgraduate Programme, you will also reflect on the limitations of our work in international cooperation.

What does it mean to be part of an international network?

At IDOS, we integrate learning and networking. Our alumni work in different professions in the field of international cooperation. Our participants benefit from being part of this extended, personal network. Moreover, you will exchange with participants from our training and dialogue formats MGG and Shaping Futures. We consider fostering mutual exchange within trust-based networks as fundamental for international cooperation.


What requirements do I have to fulfil for the application?

  • Good to very good master's degree in economics, social sciences (e.g., political science/international relations, sociology, development research, social anthropology, area studies, social science-oriented sustainability research) or 2nd state examination in law or 1st state examination (teaching degree)
  • Qualifying degree must not have been obtained more than five years prior to the start of the course
  • Language proficiency in English (C1); proficiency in German (C1) is desired; good knowledge of another language (preferably a UN language or Portuguese) is an asset.
  • German or EU citizenship (including Schengen area), or a permanent residence permit for Germany, or a permanent EU residence permit
  • Stays in or transnational relations to Africa, Asia and Latin America are an asset (e.g., internships, voluntary services, work or study visits)
  • Personal motivation to work in global cooperation for sustainable development


Even if, at first glance, your CV does not seem to point straight to the Programme at IDOS, we would like to encourage you to apply. Life experiences can be diverse. Perhaps internships or stays abroad were not possible or your studies were prolonged due to COVID-19, finances or health issues. Diversity of experience enriches our professional field.

If the grade for the master’s degree is not yet available, transcripts are required; master’s degree grades are due August 31.


How does the application process work?

After a careful internal pre-selection, 48 candidates are given the opportunity to present themselves in person as part of the main digital selection process. An expert committee decides on admission to the Programme, taking particular account of the applicants’

  • professional qualification,
  • ability to work in a team and social competences,
  • motivation for the professional field and the Postgraduate Programme.

We are happy to answer your questions. Please contact the Postgraduate Programme team.


What does the Programme cost?

All costs for the programme and the research stay are fully covered by IDOS. Moreover, IDOS will provide an interest-free loan of up to €1,000 per month for living expenses upon application and examination of eligibility. The amount includes a scholarship of up to €285.

You decide on the repayment of the interest-free loan in consultation with IDOS, at the earliest it will begin two years after your successful career start.



Dates of Postgraduate Programme

Beginning of application process: 8 January 2024
Closing date for applications: 31 March 2024
Internal preselection: May 2024
Selection process: June 2024
Course starts on: 1 September 2024


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More details

Laura Jeske

Phone +49 (0)228 94927-124

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