Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership


The Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership is designed to develop the next generation of leaders in sustainability and transformation research. It provides intensive high-end training that broadens the research competencies of postdocs and promotes their qualifications towards transdisciplinary leadership. The program also offers seed funding to small groups of participants who plan to initiate research collaborations (e.g. for stakeholder meetings or proposal writing activities). In addition, a network of current and former postdocs is currently being established to uphold invaluable connections from the program.

Each year, the Postdoc Academy recruits 20 early-career researchers to take part in a two year ‘course run’ with one overarching theme. The course run consists of four seminars (three full days each) over a period of two years. Each seminar takes place at one of the four academic institutions : Humboldt University (IRI THESys), Leuphana University of Lüneburg, the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) in Rotterdam.The seminars build on the complementary expertise of the institutions and are linked by four thematic modules that create an overarching framework (see image below).

Postdoc Academy Framework

The Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership is currently funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. For further information, including how to apply and links to the partner pages, see below:

The program is aimed at postdocs across Europe who want to make a research impact in the transformation towards a sustainable society and advance the complementarity of social sciences, natural sciences and the humanities.

Prior to application, candidates should:

  • be excellent researchers with a vision of societal impact
  • have a strong interest in inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability research
  • have a research topic relevant to the year’s focus topic
  • be striving towards academic leadership positions
  • be academic intrapreneurs who act responsibly and initiate positive change in their institution
  • be fluent in English (equivalent to CEFR Level 2)
  • have research funding for the majority of the duration of the Postdoc Academy

The application period for the 5th course run 2022 – 2024 is from 15 December 2021 until 15 February 2022.

For more information, please visit the official project website: Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership