Jacques Delors Centre

Vacancies and Stipends


The Hertie School is looking for a Policy Fellow - EU Institutions and Democracy (f/m/div) on a full-time (40 hours/week) basis.

The contract shall commence as soon as possible and will be limited for up to two years. Extensions are possible. The succesful candidate will work at our Jacques Delors Centre and contribute to strenghten the Centre's think tank work.

Your tasks:

  • Develop your own think-tank profile within the context of the Centre's broader policy agenda
  • Research and write policy proposals, analyses and positions
  • Organize expert talks and similar events
  • Get actively involved in the German and European policy debate 

Your profile:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in a relevant field such as political science, law, public policy, or economics
  • Relevant work experience beyond internships in a political, institutional or academic context in the required areas of expertise
  • Keen interest in EU policymaking and enthusiasm for understanding institutional and political issues are must-haves
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and oral proficiency in German, French language skills are an asset
  • Ability to work independently on the topic
  • High openness for cooperation
  • A completed PhD or equivalent is a bonus, but not a prerequisite 

We offer:

A stimulating international and diverse environment in multiple areas of social science, high-quality teaching and public policy. The Hertie School is a vibrant academic community that emphasizes excellence in research and teaching as well as an interdisciplinary perspective. Our school has been certified as a family friendly work environment in higher education and an equal opportunity employer (www.hertie-school.org for further information). Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification.  

Please submit your application (incl. a CV, a cover letter, and the contact details of at least two references) here. Deadline for full consideration is 26 January 2020.

Please contact Dr. Nicole Koenig, Deputy Director Jacques Delors Centre, for further information about the position.


PhD stipends

The Jacques Delors Centre at the Hertie School offers two generous three-year stipends for full-time PhD studies starting 1 September 2020.

The Jacques Delors Centre provides its PhD students with plenty of opportunity to immerse themselves in a vibrant, supportive, and diverse community of more than 30 researchers at all career stages. Research interests at the Centre cut across disciplinary boundaries and encompass the law, politics, and political economy of European integration. Researchers cover issues as variegated as the EU’s democratic legitimacy, the workings of the Union’s institutions or the integration of core state powers in an era of protracted crises and mounting Euroscepticism. Centre members are equally interested in European law topics, such as the reasoning and political impact of the EU Courts, the constitutional and fundamental rights structure of the EU, and the impact of EU law on policy crises such as in the Euro area, refugee protection or the rule of law. Situated in the heart of Berlin and integrating one of the country’s most renowned think tanks on European affairs, the Jacques Delors Centre also strives to build a bridge into the practice of EU politics. Scholars and practitioners from across the continent regularly visit the Centre, either to present their cutting-edge research at our weekly European Governance Colloquium or for longer research stays. The Jacques Delors Centre might well be the perfect environment to put your PhD project into practice.

We seek candidates with exceptionally strong academic track records.Potential dissertation advisors at the Jacques Delors Centre are Professor DawsonEnderleinHallerbergJachtenfuchs and Reh. Please make yourself familiar with their research profile before you apply and mention the name(s) of potential dissertation advisors in your letter of motivation.

As a stipend holder, you are integrated in the Hertie School’s Doctoral Programme in Governance. We offer you close supervision, an individual workplace, access to the Hertie School’s library and research services, and partnerships with leading international institutions in the field. The Hertie School prepares doctoral candidates for academic careers in leading universities or as highly-skilled professionals in government, business, and civil society. Our doctoral education provides rigorous academic training and plenty of opportunities to engage with international experts and scholars. The School’s extensive international network positions it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement.

Hertie School’s application portal will accept applications between 1 December 2019 and 31 January 2020. For Information about the required application documents see here. For more information about the doctoral programmes at the Hertie School see here.


Nicole Koenig - Deputy Director

  • "I am leading the Centre’s think tank work on EU foreign and security policy, migration and institutional matters. It’s great to work at the interface between academia, the policy world and the media. A strong Franco-German dimension and clear international outlook makes it even more interesting." 

Jörg Haas - Affiliate Policy Fellow

  • „I spend most of my time writing a PhD thesis on economic policy coordination in the euro area, but I also analyse EU budget negotiations. One of the big advantages of working at the Centre is that it allows me to focus on issues that are politically relevant as well interesting from an academic perspective. Even more importantly, I get to work with a truly excellent team of colleagues who are committed, kind, and fun.”

Daniëlle Flonk - Research Associate and PhD Candidate

  • “I am a research associate working on how governments try to control and regulate internet content. I started  in September 2019 and was immediately involved in its activities. It is a socially engaging workplace with a cohesive team and great opportunities for research collaborations.  I especially like that we contribute to dynamic policy debates, for instance in the internet governance field.”

Vladimir Bogoeski - Research Fellow and PhD Candidate

  • "Being part of the Jacques Delors Centre has been an absolutely rewarding experience. As I study developments in EU labour law, the Centre offered me an interdisciplinary environment that gives a better understanding on theoretical insights and methods from other disciplines. This disciplinary diversity made me aware of various possibilities to explore a single issue which improved my own research approach immensely." 

Linda Hewitt - Press and Public Relations Officer

  • “My job is to keep the public informed about our latest publications; I also organise events at the Centre. What I appreciate about my work is that it is multifaceted as politics and research go together here. Our work is to be constantly confronted with pressing political issues while being actively involved with it. Always working with its fingers on the pulse of time makes it even greater!”