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by Richard Meckien - published Aug 08, 2016 02:40 PM - - last modified Jul 11, 2018 02:38 PM

Call for researchers

by Richard Meckien - published Oct 04, 2018 05:20 PM - - last modified Dec 11, 2019 03:40 PM

The USP Global Cities Program is launching its second public call for postdoctoral researchers and collaborators. The objective is to contribute to the improvement of research, and the scientific and technological excellence of the University, as well as to enable the formation of groups of national and foreign researchers focused on urban issues, integrating networks of studies and international research. The generation of applications, experiments, and solutions that become subsidies for the necessary transformations in the urban context is seen as a desirable consequence of the participation of new researchers in the program.

The researchers should present an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective in their projects, intensifying the dialogue and interaction between social and human sciences, experimental sciences such as mathematics and computing, physics, chemistry, biology, and all their technological aspects, and environmental sciences and sustainability. The proposals should consider the complexities of cities and the 2050-projection.

Since the IEA-USP is an interdisciplinary environment, the participants will be given the possibility of developing innovative research projects, establishing academic connections, and entering the various research networks to which the Institute and other units are related.

The deadline for the submission of projects is November 22, 2019, at 3:00 pm (GMT -3).


Postdoctoral Programme

Its general objective is to improve the level of the scientific and technological excellence at USP. Its specific goal is to further enhance advanced research skills of postdoctoral researchers under the supervision of an experimented researcher who needs to be a faculty member. The submitted projects have to be carried out in schools, institutes, museums, and other bodies belonging to the university.

  • Duration: from 6 months to 2 years. Extensions are possible.
  • Minimum workload: 20 hours per week; total of 960 hours


Research Collaborator Programme

Its objective is to stimulate the collaboration between researchers of USP and external faculty and non-faculty academics. The submitted projects have to be carried out in schools, institutes, museums, and other bodies belonging to the university. The collaboration proposal has to be submitted by a USP faculty member.

  • Applications must be submitted by an USP professor to the IEA-USP Research Committee.
  • Workload: minimum of 12 and maximum of 20 hours per week.
  • Duration: the collaborator researcher can develop the same research project for up to 5 years.



Participations in both programmes can be developed with or without a scholarship. It will be up to the interested party to indicate the chosen programme and submit an application to the funding agencies.


Projects without funding

  • Registration: October 8 - November 22, 2019
  • Result: March 12, 2020
  • Start date: March 26, 2020

Funded projects

  • Registration: October 8 - November 22, 2019
  • Continuous flow of result dissemination, depending on the response of the funding agencies
  • Start date: March 26, 2020


Please consult the supervisors before submitting a proposal

Topic Involved Sustainable Development Goals Supervisor e-mail
Environmental planning with interface to urban planning 6-11-13-15 Amarilis Lucia Casteli Figueiredo Gallardo
Educommunication as an instrument of awareness and dissemination of sustainable public policies; cultural diversity, self-organization and peripheral cultures in large cities; big data in search of sustainability and big cities 4-10-11 Anderson Vinicius Romanini
Environment, health, and sustainability in cities; urban management and sustainability 3-6-11-13 Arlindo Philippi Jr
Sustainable cities and communities 11 Brenda Chaves Coelho Leite
Promotion of healthy lifestyle through diet and physical activity 3-11 Bruno Gualano
Urban fauna: ecophysiological diversification in the colonization of urban environments
11-15 Carlos Arturo Navas Iannini
Urban cargo distribution focusing on sustainable cities and communities; improvement of the traffic light network in the city of São Paulo 9-11 Claudio Barbieri da Cunha
Computing and data science focused on health, gender equality, and sustainable cities and communities 3-5-11 Fábio Kon
Non-formal education and social education, community intervention and development, educator's role and practices, professional training and performance, leisure and culture, educating cities 4-11 Juliana Pedreschi Rodrigues
Relationship between crime patterns and urban infrastructure, crime prediction, and mobility 11-16 Luis Gustavo Nonato
Intersectorial management; community-based participatory research; social determination of health and equity 3-11-13 Marco Akerman
Ethanol as renewable energy in cities 7-11 Marcos Buckeridge
Socioeconomic and ecologically sustainable alternatives in local and regional development from the perspective of the SDGs 2-8-10-11-12 13-15 Maria da Penha Vasconcellos
Tourism and sustainability 1-4-5-8-9-10 11-12-16-17 Mariana Aldrigui
Health and environment: air pollution, urban transport, built environment 11-13 Nelson Gouveia
Green infrastructure with nature-based solutions for multifunctional landscapes 6-11-13-15 Paulo Pellegrino
Environmental governance in cities 11-17 Pedro Roberto Jacobi
Clean and affordable energy; sustainable cities and communities; actions against global climate change 7-11-13 Roberta Consentino Kronka Mulfarth
Housing and urban environment: poverty eradication, health and well-being, water and sanitation, reduction of inequalities 1-3-6-10 Suzana Pasternak
Sustainability indicators applied to the context of the SDGs; sanitation sector resilience to climate change and extreme weather events 6-10-11-13 Tadeu Fabrício Malheiros
Climate change in cities 11-13 Tércio Ambrizzi
Urban agriculture and composting; health, green areas, microplastics, and air pollution 6-11-15 Thais Mauad
Drinking water and sanitation; action against global climate change; partnerships and means of implementation 6-11-13-17 Wagner da Costa Ribeiro
Sanitation; sustainable cities; responsible consumption and production; fight against climate change 6-11-12-13 Wanda Maria Risso Gunther

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Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 02:55 PM - - last modified Dec 11, 2019 03:41 PM

Deadline: November 10, 2019

The Institut de Hautes Etudes de l’Amérique Latine (IHEAL) has open positions for invited scholars until November 10, 2019.

The invitation is valid for a semester-long stay (4 months from September to December 2020 or 3 months from January to March 2021). This is to allow the invited scholar to immerse him or herself into the academic life of the University.

Invited scholars are asked to teach two courses per semester, each one consisting of 24 hours. The course’s subject must be in line with the field of expertise of the invited scholar. The proposed courses might be modified according to the needs of IHEAL. Courses can be taught in French, Spanish or English.

The IHEAL receives applications in the following areas: History, Geography, Anthropology, Sociology, Economy and Political Science. For the academic year of 2020-2021, the commission will pay special attention to courses in Sociology, Gender Studies or Urban Studies, or focused on Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico are highly preferred. Visiting scholars may be invited to teach within the IHEAL’s new Masters’ program LAGLOBE (Latin America and Europe in a Global World), which benefits from the European Union support.

Invited scholars can perform scientific and academic activities in the others Departments of the Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 University, or any of the French and European Institutions with which the IHEAL collaborates upon requests.

More information on this opportunity and instructions for submitting applications available at this link.

University of Konstanz, Germany

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 02:55 PM - - last modified Oct 17, 2019 08:39 AM

Deadline: October 15, 2019

The Zukunftskolleg is an Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Konstanz for the promotion of outstanding early career researchers in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. It forms a platform for interdisciplinary discourse between researchers in Germany and abroad, and provides them with resources for obtaining extramural funding. Researchers at the Zukunftskolleg perform research without administrative constraints and have the freedom to engage in meaningful exchange with other up-and-coming colleagues and with distinguished senior researchers.

The Zukunftskolleg offers:

  • Three 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowships for all those in the early stage of their academic career who plan to develop and implement an independent research project. The target group consists of researchers at the postdoctoral level, who are open-minded, risk-taking and intellectually gifted, so that they can reasonably be expected to take up leading roles in academia;
  • Two 5-year Research Fellowships to promote researchers with significant work experience at the postdoctoral level aiming for a career in academia. The Fellows build their own academic identity by leading an independent research group at the University of Konstanz. These fellowships are available to researchers characterised by a strong and creative mind, an ability to think and communicate beyond their own disciplines, regardless of their nationality.


Both Fellowships are open to researchers from all fields represented at the University of Konstanz.

Read more about the call

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University of Freiburg, Germany

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 02:55 PM - - last modified Oct 17, 2019 08:39 AM

Deadline: September 15, 2019

The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) at the University of Freiburg is announcing its seventh call for applications for the FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP) and invites outstanding international senior and junior researchers from all disciplines and nationalities to apply.

Fellowships of 3 to 10 months in the senior scheme and of 12 months in the junior scheme may be applied for. Conditions are internationally competitive. All fellowships will be awarded through a highly competitive, strictly merit-based selection process. The FCFP is co-financed by the EU’s Marie S. Curie Actions COFUND Programme.

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University of Ghana, Ghana

by Richard Meckien - published Jul 11, 2018 02:55 PM - - last modified Oct 17, 2019 08:41 AM

Deadline: October 15, 2019

MIASA is dedicated to the topic of ‘Sustainable Governance’. In its second call for short-term fellowships MIASA welcomes applications from excellent researchers to join the interdisciplinary fellow group (IFG) “Sustainable Rural Transformation” from February to May 2020. Eligible for application are junior and senior researchers from all countries after completion of their PhD in a relevant discipline of the Humanities or the Social Sciences. Applicants must propose a research project that matches the research focus of the IFG on “Sustainable Rural Transformation in Africa”.

Website link to the call
Application Guidelines