Master Class 2023

Gender In/Equality and Religion - Master Class on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany) and the University of Botswana, in cooperation with other international partners in International Network on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development (IN//RCSD) cordially invite applications for its Master Class on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development.

Course Information

The master class follows a research-based approach to learning. The objectives of the IN//RCSD Master Class are to provide advanced undergraduate and MA students as well as PhD candidates with theoretical and methodological research techniques in religion and sustainable development, which has so far found its way into the curricula of only a few universities. The course offers lectures and seminar sessions on religion and gender in/equality and religion and development offered by internationally renowned scholars. Moreover, participants will take part in an advanced course in qualitative research methods. Undergraduate and MA students will have the chance to conduct (small scale) empirical research projects in interdisciplinary teams. PhD candidates will have the opportunity to network and discuss their respective research projects in a colloquium. The Advanced PhD course will also focus on research ethics, academic writing, and publication. In addition, all participants will have the opportunity to go on thematic excursions to religious/cultural sites.

Course Details

  • Venue: University of Botswana (Gaborone, Botswana)
  • Date: 24 July 2023 – 04 August 2023 (in person every day)
  • Capacity: 20 – 25 participants
  • Course Fee: DAAD will cover the cost of the course lectures and classes for all participants.

Please note that participants will have to take care of their own travel and accommodation. Lunch will be provided only on weekdays.

Participant Requirements

  • Students and PhDs in any discipline can apply, applications from the following disciplines are particularly encouraged: Religious Studies, Theology, Development Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Politics, Geography and Gender Studies.
  • Strong English language skills.
  • Participants should have basic qualitative and/or quantitative research knowledge and skills.
  • Participants should have an interest and are willing to conduct research into one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

Preference will be given to students currently researching/studying religious communities and sustainable development.


  • Application Form (download here)
  • CV
  • Motivational Letter (details in the application form)
  • Copy of ID/ Passport

Please send your application in ONE COMBINED PDF DOCUMENT to
For inquiries, please contact Mr. Johannes Mieth (

Interested students and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible; applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. Latest application deadline: 05.06.2023.

(All information can also be downloaded here as pdf.)


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