Call for Applications – Interdisciplinary PhD Workshop in Sustainable Development 2023 at Columbia University

Columbia University’s Sustainable Development Doctoral Society is pleased to announce the fourteenth Interdisciplinary PhD Workshop in Sustainable Development (IPWSD), to be held in an hybrid format on March 24-25, 2023.The workshop is targeted at PhD candidates who seek feedback on their research. Participants should expect to present for 20 minutes with plenty of room for discussion. Students in the dissertation stage of their PhD will be given priority for presentation slots, though advanced masters students and post-docs are also encouraged to apply. Some slots will also be available for participants who do not wish to present but who are likely to provide valuable feedback to presenters. In the past, participants have included students from university departments in economics, earth and environmental sciences, ecology, political science, engineering, epidemiology, and geography. Besides presentations, there will be at least one keynote address by a leading researcher in the field of sustainable development (TBA), as well as a roundtable discussion on the challenges and chances of interdisciplinary work.

There is no fee for participating in the event and light breakfast & lunches will be provided. This year, we are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of need-based travel scholarships in line with the Sustainable Development Doctoral Society’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse academic community. For up to 10 participants we can support expenses for bus, train, and flight tickets with up to $500. Please indicate in the application form if you wish to be considered for need-based travel funding to allow your in-person participation.

Applications for IPWSD 2023 are now open. Please submit your application by filling out the online form by January 22, 2023, 23:59 EST. All applicants will be notified of the final decision regarding their application by the beginning of February 2023. If you have any questions, please visit our website or contact the planning committee at

We look forward to seeing you in New York,

IPWSD Organizing Committee