The EnerTracks Fellowship Programme

The EnerTracks Fellowship Programme

Deadline: 23-May-23

Agora Energiewende is pleased to announce a call for applications to the EnerTracks Fellowship Programme.

A small group of eight fellows is invited to come to the Agora Energiewende office in Berlin, Germany. Each fellow continues working part-time for their home institution while participating in training sessions that are prepared and facilitated by Agora Energiewende energy experts. These multi-disciplinary sessions cover a variety of topics such as energy markets, power system flexibility, and research methodologies, among others. Supplemental online and reading material, as well as group discussions, complement each of these sessions.

With the support of their Agora Energiewende mentors, each fellow tackles one specific transformation topic of their choice. The topic should be relevant from the perspective of the fellow’s own organisation, with the intention of transferring the learnings into their domestic work.

Logistics & Accommodation

  • All EnerTracks fellows receive:
    • A travel grant covering half of the costs (up to max. 450€) of participants’ international travel expenses (excluding visa costs)
    • All-expenses paid accommodation in Berlin
    • Berlin-wide public transport tickets for the duration of the Fellowship
    • A modest daily stipend
    • Available office space at their office in the heart of Berlin
    • Health insurance
    • A letter of support for visa application processes
    • The following costs are to be borne by the applicant:
    • Visa fees
    • Travel costs for transport to and from airports
    • Other personal costs arising during the time in Berlin.

What to expect

  • Over the course of the 6-week EnerTracks fellowship programme, participants will receive:
    • Circa 45 hours of tailored sessions delivered and prepared by the Agora Energiewende teams
    • Inclusion in the day-to-day work of Agora Energiewende’s Berlin office
    • One-to-one mentoring from Agora Energiewende experts
    • The opportunity to publish an article on the Agora Energiewende blog
    • Excursion to the Agora Energiewende office in Brussels
  • Upon completion of the programme participants will receive:
    • A certificate documenting participation
    • Access to the EnerTracks alumni network
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must be a national of an Official Development Aid (ODA recipient) country.
  • Due to German regulations, they ask that in-person participants be able to provide proof of complete vaccination protection against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Depending on the place departure, participants might also need to provide a negative test result or proof of immunity, and comply with quarantine regulations. For detailed information about which COVID-19 entry restrictions might apply to your circumstance, please consult to the German Embassy in your country.
  • Applicants must be currently employed or affiliated to a think tank or other civil society organisation and/or an academic body researching energy policy or another relevant field.
  • Applicants must have around five years of professional experience in the energy or climate sector at the time of application. They’re looking for participants with leadership potential who are at a “tipping point” stage in their careers, rather than those who fit a particular age requirement.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university, in economics, environmental science, engineering, political science, or similar (masters’ degree preferred).
  • Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Applicants should have a sincere interest in tackling climate change issues and the energy transformation in their home country as well as a strong understanding of power systems, energy economics, and climate and energy policy, policy instruments / processes
  • Applicants should possess a high level of intellectual curiosity and humility.
  • Note:
    • This programme was designed for individuals working in the think tank/non-profit context, and preference is given to candidates from those sectors. However, they sometimes consider applications from individuals working in international organizations or the private sector if they have a strong track record of climate change mitigation and energy policy engagement.
    • Unfortunately, bachelor’s/master’s university students and jobseekers are not eligible to join their programmes.
    • They are particularly pleased to receive applications from people from groups that have been underrepresented in energy policy. To ensure a diversity of participants, they typically do not accept more than 1-2 individuals from the same country per cohort and take into consideration factors such as gender balance. Should you anticipate any barriers to your participation such as disability access, childcare requirements or other, please let us know. While they cannot guarantee a solution, they will do their best to accommodate candidates chosen for the programme. They encourage you to apply.

For more information, visit EnerTracks Fellowship Programme.

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