Guest Researchers

The IRS is an interdisciplinary institute and welcomes guest researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Since its foundation, the IRS has hosted geographers, political scientists, economists, sociologists, historians and scholars from planning science. Cooperation amongst guest researchers and IRS scholars (on lectures, publications and third-party funding applications for example) enhances the institute's research efforts and contributes to the institute's ongoing development.

At the IRS, guest researchers benefit from an excellent research infrastructure, and from the institute's close ties to universities and non-university research institutes in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. During their stay, guest researchers are invited to participate in and contribute to workshops and conferences held at the IRS. The institute can provide three fully equipped workspaces for guests.

Current Guest Researcher

Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University (Istanbul)

Ender Peker, Mercator Fellow at the Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University, is a post-doctoral researcher specializing in climate responsive urban design, in particular the ways in which the built environment is co-designed by technical rules, regulations, and codes that seek to order urban life in deference to inhabitants’ socio-ecologic values. Ender holds a PhD in Real Estate and Planning from the University of Reading, UK, and a MSc degree in Urban Design from Middle East Technical University (METU). He completed undergraduate courses in city and regional planning at METU and economics at Anadolu University, Turkey.


Since 2013 the IRS has supported international guest researchers with an institutional scholarship programme in order to finance their stay at the institute. Even in the age of digitalization, excellent research requires personal contact and joint working periods; the "IRS Fellowship Programme" shall enable this intensive academic collaboration. more infos

Selection of Current and Former Guest Researchers


International Affairs and Research Funding

Financing your stay

IRS Fellowship Programme

DAAD scholarships

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions  (European Commission): Individual Fellowships

European Research Council (ERC)

In almost all countries national funding schemes exist that allow researchers to conduct research abroad. Please check with your national funding organization(s) if there are programs providing funding for researchers to come to Germany.

Travel and accommodation

The IRS can easily be reached by all means of local transport; from Berlin you can travel to the institute in less than 30 minutes (see directions). Unfortunately, we cannot provide accommodation for guests, but there are suited apartments available for rent – either in Erkner or in Berlin (Erkner/Berlin).