The DFG-Leibniz Center for Surface Process and Climate Studies seeks strengthening existing collaborative programs in research and education between Universität Potsdam and its national and international partners. We highly value the close interaction with students and junior scientists at different stages in their career in all our projects.
The Institut für Geowissenschaften maintains partnerships with seven European universities through ERASMUS, the EU's flagship education and training programm emphasizing student and staff mobility in the EU. Furthermore, members of the Center and the Institut für Geowissenschaften have established a dual Bachelor program in field geology in cooperation with the University of Montana and UC Cork. Through small competetive grants undergraduate students are also supported to participate in short courses at partner universities, to collaborate in research projects and attend conferences.
In order to involve good external students in our research projects and to better integrate resident students, members of the Center, other departments at Universität Potsdam, and neighboring research institutions (GFZ Potsdam, AWI Potsdam) have established a strong graduate program devoted to the multidisciplinary study of the African and Indian monsoon system. This project is funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (GRK 1364) and constitutes an integral part of the research and education activities of the Center.
Furthermore, the Center and Universität Potsdam have developed close ties with several universities in the U.S., which involves joint research projects and cooperation in advising graduate students. The principal coperating partners are Arizona State University, Cornell University, Stanford University, UC Santa Barbara. Particularly close ties in graduate education Europe involve ETH Zurich and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In addition to these graduate programs, graduate students are sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or funded by individual DFG research projects.
The DFG-Leibniz Center also provides fellowships that are designed for the development and support of young postdocs provide them with an opportunity to initiate independent research projects, immediately after their PhD.
The Institut für Geowissenschaften and the DFG-Leibniz Center also host research fellows of the Alexander-von-Humboldt foundation on a regular basis. In addition, the postdoc program of the Leibniz Center helped several young scientists to get started with a sucessful scientific carrier and to obtain permanent research positions and professorships at highly-respected research institutions all over the world.