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Are you a PhD candidate and want to learn more about international sustainable development, global change, and innovation? Draw inspiration from our programme and connect with other PhD candidates – join the International Graduate School (IGS) North-South.

Transdisciplinary Glimpses

Summer School Course
IGS North-South 2015
Pokhara, Nepal

The IGS North-South in short

The IGS North-South is a graduate school of the Universities of Bern, Basel, and Zurich in Switzerland. It is dedicated to establishing a leading international research network that analyses the impacts of global change, with a view to advancing sustainable development worldwide. It emphasizes an integrative, partnership-based research approach encompassing higher education at the PhD level, innovation, and application. The IGS North-South is currently training over 80 students from eight regions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

What the IGS North-South offers

The IGS North-South offers their students a Certificate of Specialization in Sustainable Development which supplements the degree they receive from their home institution and other Graduate Schools.
The IGS North-South organizes and carries out international disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary courses at doctoral level for PhD candidates who have already started their career.


Since the IGS North-South offers a supplementary certificate, the School does not provide funding for PhD research or salaries. To gain admission to the IGS North-South, the PhD applicant must be accepted by an eligible professor and enrolled at one of the participating universities in Switzerland or at an accredited external research institution partnering with the IGS North-South. Potential applicants have either already started their PhD projects or are just about to begin.

Most courses of the IGS North-South are free of charge, except for the annual Summer School (read more here).

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to see you soon at IGS North-South!