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Action 3 ‒ Evaluate: Reflecting on Methods via writing a Ph.D. Thesis and developing project proposals for post-doctoral research

Action Speaker

Step 1: Nina Baur (GCSMUS Speaker),

Step 2: Angela Million (GCSMUS Speaker),

Step 3: Angela Million (GCSMUS Speaker)

Action Steering Committee

Angela Million (GCSMUS Speaker), Nina Baur (GCSMUS Speaker), Fraya Frehse (University of São Paulo), Ignacio Castillo (GCSMUS Scientific Coordinator), N.N. (GCSMUS Scientific Coordinator), Martina Löw (TU Berlin) and Jörg Stollmann (TU Berlin).


In order to reflect methodologies and to further develop methodological competences in research fields as well as to build sustainable research connections, network members are encouraged to write Ph.D. theses and develop project ideas for their post-doctoral research. The aim is to build excellence and competences in local university academic personnel, thus providing a long-term sustainable basis for local partners for conducting own research.

Suitability and necessity of action

Writing an academic work and conducting research enables to evaluate the social challenges in the various world regions, by turning the respective methodological skills into practice, by developing and mapping frameworks for cross-cultural and socioeconomic perspectives about urban spaces. This should provide the basis for

(a) evolving comparative studies across the developing countries;

(b) deriving common principles of urban space usage and management; and

(c) understanding the contextual knowledge.

Career development for qualified personnel will therefore provide a sound basis for long-term cooperation between partners on equal terms.


Step 1: Developing a Proposal (2020)

A first challenge is to develop a Ph.D. proposal. Therefore, each partner university will select 1 possible Ph.D. candidate, preferably university academic staff (e.g. lecturers, research assistants). Selection shall be based on criteria of excellence. Selected persons will receive a scholarship for 6 months. Candidates will come to TU Berlin in 2020. Drawing on experiences with DFG graduate colleges, the GCSMUS will organize a general training program. During their stay, candidates will have access to TU Berlin’s university library as well as diverse Methods Labs. Regularly meeting their mentors/supervisors, they will develop a Ph.D. proposal. The GCSMUS will enable a matching for suitable mentors and Ph.D. supervisors. Supervisors can come from any country. All selected Ph.D. students and their supervisors would have to sign a Ph.D.-Supervision-agreement.

Step 2: Ph.D. Scholarships within the network (2020 – 2023)

From the proposals submitted in step 1, the best 12 will be selected for a fully funded 36 month Ph.D. scholarship.

Step 3: Post-Doc Scholarships within the network (2022 and 2024)

To provide options for different stages of career development, 13 Post-Docs from partner universities will complete a 12-month research stay at either TU Berlin or a partner university of their choice. In order to encourage the transition towards becoming an independent scientist, the scholarship is awarded for writing a research grant. There will be an open call for scholarships. Postdoctoral candidates from all network partners may apply.

Time Line

Action 3 – Evaluate: Reflecting on Methods via writing a Ph.D. Thesis and developing project proposals for post-doctoral research
(Action Speaker: Angela Million, Germany)
· Step 1: Developing a Proposal
· Step 2: Ph.D. Scholarships within the network
network university
· Step 3: Post-Doc Scholarships within the network


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