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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 Basel, Bern, Lausanne, and Zurich in Switzerland. It is dedicated to advancing sustainable development worldwide. It focuses on postgraduate education at the PhD level to establish a leading international research network that analyses the impacts and opportunities of global change. The IGS North-South emphasizes an integrative, partnership-based research approach, as well as innovation and application. More than 100 PhD candidates from around the world are currently enrolled in the programme.

What the IGS North-South offers

The IGS North-South offers its students a qualification in sustainable development that supplements the PhD degree they receive from their home institution. It allows them to deepen their skills in conducting inter- and transdisciplinary research, and to gain experience in applying their results in a North-South context.


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!