Call for applications

Centre for Digital Governance Visiting Scholars

Digital governance at the Centre is defined as a set of formal and informal decision-making processes and power relationships that determine power balances in the realm of digital transformations.

Visiting scholars are invited to pursue their own work while interacting with the Hertie School's faculty, researchers and students. Visiting scholars are expected to devote time to collaborative Centre endeavors, to attend Centre events, and contribute to the Center's research activities. Visiting scholars will be listed on our website, will benefit from access to the Hertie School library, and may be provided with desk space at the Centre, subject to availability.

Visiting scholars are usually appointed for a period of 3-6 months from September through June, with a possibility for renewal, but exceptions will be considered.


We are particularly interested in candidates who have a research focus on or work-related experience in digital transformation and topics such as the intersection of policy, information technology, government, and the public; governance and regulation of digital technologies and their providers; information and data control; ethical issues of digital technologies; and government transformation (policy making and service delivery) via digital technology.

We welcome applications from PhD researchers, recent PhD recipients or equivalent degrees in the social sciences or in a related field, university faculty members and employees of government, international, humanitarian, and private research institutions who have demonstrated appropriate professional experience for an academic research centre. We particularly encourage applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.

Stipend information

All visiting stays at the Centre for Digital Governance are currently non-stipendiary appointments.

Application requirements for senior researchers

  • CV/ resume;
  • Letter of motivation stating clearly how the visiting scholar’s work fits the Centre’s research focus.

Application requirements for PhD researchers

  • Letter of motivation, including: proposed dates of visit, reason for visit, your research topic, and external funding (if applicable);
  • CV;
  • Research proposal or outline of dissertation;
  • MA transcript and degrees, PhD transcript;
  • Proof of current enrolment as a doctoral researcher.

Please provide all documents in English.

Please submit your applications via email to one member of the Centre core faculty that seems most appropriate in view of your research focus.