Call for applications

Centre for Digital Governance Visiting Scholars

Digital governance at the Centre is broadly construed to include both the changing demands and potential for governance of society as it is impacted by digital technology, and the changing nature and opportunities for governance itself in light of the opportunities digital technology affords.

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

  • Centre faculty sponsorship: Please approach one member of the Centre faculty or the postdoc for their endorsement before applying and add the information to your application;
  • CV/ resume;
  • Letter of motivation stating clearly how the visiting scholar’s work fits the Centre’s research focus.

Please submit your applications via email to digitalgovernance[at]hertie-school[dot]org at least one year in advance by January 31 or August 31.