Doctoral Program Environment and Society

The Doctoral Program Environment and Society is aimed at graduates from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences who wish to research questions concerning the nature/culture/environment interface. Within the scope of the program, doctoral students acquire the ability to understand the origins and interactions of complex natural and social processes. The doctoral program brings together expertise on environmental research from university and non-university institutions in Munich. The program is based at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum. Its stimulating research environment, intensive supervision, and opportunity to form international networks offer excellent conditions for doctoral students.


Application Process

Applicants wishing to be admitted to this doctoral program must hold a Master’s degree from a recognized university, show evidence of excellence in their field of study, and present a plan for a doctoral project in one of the following areas or combination of areas:

  • History: Environmental History, History of Science and Technology
  • Sociology: Environmental Sociology, Political Economy, Sociology of Economics
  • Energy and Resource Economics for Sustainability
  • Geography: Modeling Social-Ecological Relations and Systems, Historical Geography, Political Ecology
  • Geology and Natural Catastrophes
  • Bioarcheology, Life Sciences in Society
  • Biology: Paleoanatomy and Archaeology
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Policy: Comparative, International, or Politics of Ecological Transitions
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Anthropology: Environmental, Urban, or Political; especially Latin America and Pacific
  • Cultural Studies, Art and the Environment in Historical Perspective
  • Environmental Humanities, Literature and Environment

Please submit your application via the online application portal of the LMU GraduateCenter.

You will need the following documents for your online application:

  • Copies of university degree(s) held;
  • Proof of higher education entrance qualification (high school diploma or equivalent);
  • Master’s thesis (if in a language other than English or German, please provide a table of contents and an exposé of max. 5 pages in English);
  • An academic curriculum vitae (including publications, if applicable);
  • A statement of purpose for your application to the program (up to two pages);
  • A research proposal (max. 5 pages, including bibliography, footnotes, and time table);
  • The name of a member of the Academic Board whose research interests match the dissertation project;
  • Name and contact information for two academic referees (university lecturers), able to give information about your suitability for the program and your academic potential.

Candidates can join the program in either the winter or the summer semester. Applications are due through the online application portal by 15 May for the winter semester and 15 November for the summer semester. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of July (for a start date of 1 October) or by the end of January (for a start date of 1 April). The portal will open ca. 5 weeks prior to the application deadline.

Selection of candidates will be made on the basis of the documents submitted and may additionally include an academic interview with a member of the selection committee. Interviews can be conducted via Skype/Zoom.

The selection committee will base its choice on the following factors: quality and feasibility of the research proposal, qualifications held, communication skills and teamwork ability, and demonstrated willingness and ability to work on interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological questions.

Bolsas de estudo – França

Foi lançado pela Embaixada da França no Brasil um novo edital de bolsas de estudos para a França!

🇫🇷🌳 O programa é destinado aos estudantes do primeiro, segundo ou terceiro ano de doutorado no Brasil que estejam pesquisando sobre temas na área de ecologia e ciências ambientais.

🔬 Por meio desse programa de bolsas, a Embaixada da França no Brasil tem o objetivo de fortalecer a cooperação científica entre Brasil e França, sobretudo em questões cruciais da crise climática e da perda da biodiversidade.Mais informações no site

AD Scientific Index (2023)

In the AD Scientific Index 2023, João Fragoso, and José Augusto Pádua are placed 21st and 55th respectively for academic mentions, in the edition for Latin America Top 100 scholars in History, Philosophy, Theology.

Late prof. Manolo Florentino, former Program coordinator, is placed 84th in the ranking.

Lejeune and Luiza’s Guanabara

As part of the parallel activities of the Futures of Guanabara Bay exhibition, the Science and Culture Forum invites everyone to the lecture “Lejeune and Luiza’s Guanabara: the Pinheiro Island hydrobiology laboratory”, given by historian Lise Sedrez.

Date: 14 de abril Time: 18h Location: Casa da Ciência – Rua Lauro Müller, 3, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro. Previous registration NOT required.


Ethics in Science

Professor Cláudio Pinheiro was invited by the Social Science Research Committee (SSRC) and the MacArthur Foundation to develop a pilot program on Ethics in Science.

The project analyzes how criteria for measuring scientific reputations used by funding agencies reinforce inequalities and exclusion mechanisms in science.

The investigation prioritizes collaborative research concepts, between groups of researchers, organized in transnational and interdisciplinary teams, and includes archival research, interviews and analysis of macro-indicators on the Indian Ocean.

Deivid Gaia is JCNE – Faperj

Prof. Deivid Valerio Gaia was awarded the Jovem Cientista do Nosso Estado grant from FAPERJ, with the project: Creditors and debtors in a life on credit: credit relations, interest rates and financial crises in the Roman world of the 1st century BC. to the fourth century AD.

The CNE and JCNE programs are intended to support, through competition, projects coordinated by researchers of recognized leadership in their area, with employment in teaching and research institutions based in the State of Rio de Janeiro.

The selected proposals will receive monthly funds for up to 36 (thirty-six) months, aiming to provide support for the development of their research projects.

Paulo Fontes is CNE – Faperj

Paulo Fontes

Prof. Paulo Fontes was awarded FAPERJ’S Scientist of Our State fellowship. The project thus awarded is entitled: Black trade unionists in the “Trade Union Republic”: Racial relations and labor in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (1945-1964).

The CNE and JCNE programs are intended to support, through competition, projects coordinated by leader researchers in their area, with employment in teaching and research institutions based in the State of Rio de Janeiro.

The selected proposals will receive monthly funds for up to 36 (thirty-six) months, aiming to provide support for the development of their research projects.

Robert H. Smith ICJS

Professor Vítor Izecksohn was awarded a scholarship from the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.

Thomas Jefferson’s presidential library is located in his former residence Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia.