Call for applications: Henrik Enderlein Fellowship

For the third year in a row, the Hertie School is looking for policymakers and researchers to work on challenges of the European Union.

The Hertie School is calling on exceptional academics and public policy practitioners to become the next Henrik Enderlein Fellow. Interested candidates can hand in an outline for their fellowship plans that involve research and teaching activities to be conducted at the Hertie School from September 2024 to May 2025. The Henrik Enderlein Fellowship is funded by the foundation Stiftung Mercator. Applications must be received by 17 March 2024. For more information on the procedures and rules, potential candidates can have a look at our Henrik Enderlein Fellowship web page.

Fellowship to bridge gap between academia and public policy

“The fellowship commemorates Henrik Enderlein, an outstanding academic companion and late President of the Hertie School. It is a wonderful opportunity for scholars to bridge the gap between academia and public policy,” says Hertie School President Cornelia Woll. “Henrik's ability to build networks and reach out beyond academia was crucial for the Hertie School to become a renowned institution and an internationally recognised forum for policy exchange. We are honoured to have the support of the Stiftung Mercator to welcome designated fellows to continue his legacy.” 

Funding for up to 9 months

The Henrik Enderlein Fellowship offers funding for research and teaching activities for up to 9 months in a growing international and interdisciplinary research community. The fellowship can be awarded to candidates based in Germany and Europe. A travel and accommodation budget for non-residential fellowships and business trips is provided. 

The current Henrik Enderlein Fellow is Besa Shahini, political analyst and former Albanian Minister of Education. Her research and teaching as Henrik Enderlein Fellow examines the EU enlargement process to the Western Balkans. She succeeded first Fellow Johannes Linder, who was Head of the EU Institutions and Fora Division at the European Central Bank before he became Co-Director of the Hertie School’s Jacques Delors Centre.

Background information

This year the Hertie School celebrates its 20th anniversary. With the motto “Understand today, shape tomorrow”, the public policy school in the heart of Berlin researches and teaches on good governance in present and future. It offers both master's and doctoral programmes, as well as executive education for public administration officials. The Hertie School is distinguished by interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, as well as outstanding research. Its extensive international network positions it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. Six Centres of Competence strengthen the university’s expertise in sustainability, fundamental rights, as well as digital, security and European policy. The university was founded in 2004 by the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major funder. It is accredited by the state and the German Science and Humanities Council.

Stiftung Mercator is a private, independent and non-profit foundation that acts on the basis of scientific expertise and practical project experience. Since 1996, it has been advocating for a society based on solidarity and participation. To this end, it supports and develops projects that improve participation and cohesion in an increasingly diverse community. Stiftung Mercator stands up for a cosmopolitan, democratic Europe, a digital transformation of state and society based on fundamental rights, and socially just climate change mitigation. Stiftung Mercator pursues activities in Germany, Europe and worldwide. It feels particularly connected to the Ruhr area, home of its founder's family and the foundation’s headquarters.

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