The Centre for Urban Research at the Darmstadt University of Technology offers the following programmes for PhD students:


The Graduate School of Urban Studies (URBANgrad) is an inter­disciplinary academic institution of the Darmstadt University of Technology. URBANgrad offers doctoral students the opportunity to complete their dissertation within three years. The programme provides intensive support from two or more professors, a weekly colloquium, advanced training and frequent workshops, as well as funding for conferences and research stays abroad. It is closely aligned with TU Darmstadt’s Centre for Urban Research.

The PhD programme “Urban Infrastructures in Transition”

The PhD programme “Urban Infra­structures in Transition” investigates transformations of urban infra­structures in Sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the world's highest rate of urbanization. Research is focused on developments in the East African cities of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Nairobi (Kenya). In particular, it highlights current challenges posed by urban infrastructures, including the supply and use of water, energy, sewerage, transport and telecommunication services. The programme has been funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation since October 2014.


International Mobility and Networks in Urban and Architectural Research is a project that helps PhD students within the Faculty of Architecture and the Graduate School of Urban Studies (URBANgrad) to strengthen international perspectives in their research projects, gain international research experience and extend their academic networks. We also offer short-term visiting scholar­ships to international PhD students. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funds the project as part of the IPID4all programme.

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