The Study Tour, jointly developed by Agora Energiewende and our partners at Renewables Academy (RENAC), provides an immersive training taking on the task of decarbonization roadmap development. Working for the presidency of the fictitious country titled “EnerTransia”, Study Tour participants will join multi-disciplinary forces to develop a decarbonization roadmap that guarantees EnerTransia’s decarbonization by 2055.
Over the course of 2 weeks (in-person), a select group of 12 energy transition professionals will engage in the training in Berlin. During the Study Tour, participants receive intensive training in stakeholder engagement, electricity modelling, and design thinking. Under the guidance of RENAC and Agora Energiewende experts, participants work together in small groups and learn how to develop a comprehensive decarbonization roadmap.
The Study Tour takes place up to two times a year as Spring and/or Fall cohorts.
- Fall 2023: No Fall 2023 training will take place. Trainings in 2024 will be published once confirmed.
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Participants will take part in:
- Introduction to Electricity System modelling course by NEON Energie
- Design thinking training by Launchlabs
- Interactive stakeholder engagement roleplay and decarbonisation roadmap group work
Estimated time commitment (in-person Study Tour):
- The 2-week in-person study tour programme is a full-time commitment. For more information about what to expect, please see the draft agenda here.
On completion of the programme, participants will receive:
- A certificate documenting participation
- Access to the Alumni Network
- 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 as well as a strong understanding of power systems, energy economics, climate and energy policy, and policy instruments / processes.
- Applicants should possess a high level of intellectual curiosity and humility.
The in-person Study Tour takes place in Berlin, requiring participants to travel to Germany. To facilitate their 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