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 in cooperation with the Renewables Academy (RENAC) developed the EnerTracks Training Programme.
EnerTracks aims to share sector-specific knowledge with independent thought leaders and support institutions working in the field of the transformation of energy systems in low- and middle-income countries.
EnerTracks is made up of the following training paths, which can be combined or taken individually:
- The EnerTracks Fellowship Programme
- The EnerTracks Study Tour Programmes (virtual or in-person)
- The EnerTracks Online Modules
For a detailed overview on all programmes, eligibility criteria & timelines, please refer to the Enertracks Programmes brochure.
COVID-19 Policy Update
Due to German regulations, we can only accept in-person participants that are able to provide proof of complete vaccination protection against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. For information about which vaccines are accepted please consult the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute (German Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines). We are sensitive to the difficulties vaccine requirements pose given global vaccine inequalities, and hope that we can still welcome candidates from diverse nationalities.
We are also aware of the rapidly evolving COVID19 situation in Germany and around the world, and ask that applicants be flexible and understanding of any pandemic-related cancellations or delays. We will continue to offer our Virtual Study Tour programme and online modules for those who are unable to participate in in-person programming.
The Fellowship Programme
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 organisation, with the intention of transferring the learnings into their domestic work.
- 25th April 2022 – 4th June 2022
- Apply now until 3rd January 2022
- November 2022 (exact dates to be confirmed)
- Applicants must be a national of an Official Development Aid (ODA recipient) country
- Due to German regulations, we ask that in-person participants be able to provide proof of complete vaccination protection against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Depending on the place 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 your circumstance, please consult to the German Embassy in your country.
- Applicants must be currently employed or affiliated to a think tank or other civil society organisation and/or an academic body researching energy policy or another relevant field
- 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 (masters’ 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, and climate and energy policy, policy instruments / processes
- Applicants should possess a high level of intellectual curiosity and humility
- This programme was designed for individuals working in the think tank/non-profit context, and preference is given to candidates from those sectors. However, we sometimes consider applications from individuals working in international organizations or the private sector if they have a strong track record of climate change mitigation and energy policy engagement.
- Unfortunately, bachelor’s/master’s university students and job-seekers are not eligible to join our programmes.
- We are particularly pleased to receive applications from people from groups that have been underrepresented in energy policy. To ensure a diversity of participants, we typically do not accept more than 1-2 individuals from the same country per cohort and take into consideration factors such as gender balance.
What to expect
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
- The opportunity to publish an article on the Agora Energiewende blog
- Excursion to the Agora Energiewende office in Brussels
Upon completion of the programme participants will receive:
- A digital certificate
- Access to the EnerTracks alumni network
For more information about what to expect for the Spring 2022 fellowship, please consult the attached draft session list. Please note that this is still subject to change.
Logistics & accommodation
All EnerTracks fellows receive:
- A travel grant covering half of the costs of participants’ international travel expenses (excluding visa costs)
- All-expenses paid accommodation in Berlin
- In-country public transportation tickets
- A modest daily stipend
- Available office space at our office in the heart of Berlin
- Health insurance
- A letter of support for visa application processes
How to apply
Once you have read the instructions and eligibility criteria carefully, please submit the following in a single (English language) PDF document via the online application form.
Note: Please have all information ready before starting the application form. Unfortunately, you cannot save a partially completed form and continue working on it at a later point in time. The entire form must be completed in one session and submitted. Once you have submitted the application form, you will receive a confirmation email. Please make sure your email address is spelt correctly and check your spam folder.
Please prepare in one single PDF document:
- Your CV/resume
- A letter of motivation (max. 500 words; around 4000 characters with spaces), describing:
- The specific research topic you would like to expand on with your Agora mentor AND how this topic relates directly to your work.
- What are your current responsibilities in your organisation and how would this fellowship support your career objectives?
Please use the following naming convention for this document: lastname_firstname_fellowship_spring2022 (ex.: smith_joan_fellowship_spring2022)
Application deadline is Monday, January 3, 2022.
Unfortunately, because of the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to inquiries regarding status updates. Potential candidates will be invited to an interview within two weeks of the application deadline.
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