The EnerTracks Fellowship Programme 2023 is now open for applications for the Fall cohort. In this fellowship, 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 organization, with the intention of transferring the learnings into their domestic work.
Informed specialists play a crucial role in tackling global climate issues and shaping the energy systems of tomorrow. Although energy policy is primarily national policy, all national energy transitions also have a lot in common: international climate commitments, low-carbon technologies, traded energy commodities, best practices for regulatory principles, market design, and more.
To foster international expertise and knowledge transfer, Agora Energiewende and its partners at the Renewables Academy (RENAC) offer training programs, which can be combined or taken individually. The training is particularly aimed at energy transition policy experts employed by or affiliated with a think tank or other non-governmental organization working in the energy transition field. Experts from civil society organizations and/or academic bodies researching energy policy or another relevant field fall into the wider target group. The application process for the Agora Energiewende-administered Fellowship, Study Tour, and Hydrogen & PtX training opens twice per year (approximately 5-6 months prior to the start of the program).
Agora Energiewende is a think tank that develops evidence-based and politically viable strategies to advance the goal of climate neutrality in Germany, Europe, and the rest of the world. It informs policymakers, economists, researchers, and civil society while encouraging a productive exchange of ideas. The policy proposals are practical and free of prior ideological commitments. It is a non-profit organization funded by foundations and public institutions and hence is beholden neither to business nor to politics. The exclusive mission is to serve the climate.
Agora Energiewende develops robust policy proposals for decarbonizing the economy. In doing so, it relies on the targets set by the German government and the European Union and on research carried out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
- 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,
- A certificate documenting participation (Upon completion of the program), and
- Access to the EnerTracks alumni network (Upon completion of the program).
- Must be a national of an Official Development Aid (ODA recipient) country.
- Must be able to provide proof of complete vaccination protection against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
- Must be currently employed or affiliated with a think tank or other civil society organization and/or an academic body researching energy policy or another relevant field.
- 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.
- 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).
- Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
- 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
- Should possess a high level of intellectual curiosity and humility.
- Depending on the place of 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 the applicant’s circumstance, applicants are advised to consult the German Embassy in their own country.
- Applicants have to submit the following in one single (English language) PDF document containing all the necessary documents via the online application form. (The list of the necessary documents is available on the official link)(The online application form is available on the apply link)
- Applicants must follow the following convention in naming the document: firstname_lastname_AgoraTraining_Spring2023 (ex.: joan_smith_AgoraTraining_Spring2023)
Application Deadline: May 23, 2023Application ClosedOfficial link