The Fellowship is a 6-week part-time training that combines theoretical learning with practical project development and research, aiming to strengthen participants’ profiles as energy transition policy experts. With the Fellowship, Agora has developed a holistic training covering the four pillars that we consider core essentials for successful policy work: technical expertise, policy analysis, communication and advocacy, as well as stakeholder collaboration and engagement.
For the duration of six weeks, a small group of eight Fellows is invited to come to the Agora Energiewende office in Berlin, Germany. During the training, 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, stakeholder messaging 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. Several “case clinics” allow Fellows to discuss their ongoing projects with peers and mentors in order to obtain valuable insight, reflection and advice.
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
- A trip to Brussels, including expert sessions on the EU energy transition, visits to important political sites, and the Agora Energiewende Brussels office
Upon completion of the programme participants will receive:
- A certificate documenting participation
- Access to the Alumni Network
To be considered eligible for the Fellowship, participants must fulfill the following criteria:
- Applicants must be a national of an Official Development Aid (ODA recipient) country.
- Applicants must be currently employed or affiliated with a think tank or other civil society organisation and/or an academic body researching energy policy or another relevant field (exceptions see below). Unfortunately, currently enrolled bachelor’s/master’s university students and job seekers are not eligible to join our programmes.
- Applicants must have around five years of professional experience in the energy or climate sector at the time of application. We’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 (master’s 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.
- Applicants should possess a high level of intellectual curiosity and humility.
The Fellowship takes place in-person in Berlin. To facilitate participants’ travel to and stay in Berlin, the following training package – including modest financial support – is offered to all participants:
- A letter of support for visa processes
- 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
- International travel health insurance for the duration of the Fellowship
The following costs must be borne by the participant:
- Any costs or fees connected to visa processes
- Travel costs for transport to and from airports
- Other personal costs arising during the time in Berlin
Please read the information on our application process before you apply.