Sustainability and Energy Policy Scholarship

As the world faces megatrends such as climate change and increasing inequality that pose threats to social stability in the future, the study of responsible governance is essential in the coming decades. The Sustainability and Energy Policy Scholarship is for students interested in global sustainability, renewable energy and the transformation of energy systems. Applicants must possess the desire to deepen their knowledge in this field by examining governance structures, policies, markets, technology and new ideas in order to achieve the material and social conditions of long-term and universal human well-being.

Key facts

Who is it for?

Applicants with demonstrated academic or professional interest in issues related to sustainability and energy policy.

How to apply

  • First, submit a standard application to the MPP or MIA programme.
  • Additionally, answer one of the following questions in a brief essay:
    • Why is climate change a public policy issue?
    • Choose a country. Identify the three most pressing issues in climate and energy policy and suggest one policy each to address them.
    • As part of the Sixth Assessment Report in 2021, the IPCC stated that human-caused damage to the climate is now irreversible. Where do we go from here, and what is the role of policymaking in climate change?  

The additional essay should be sent to grad-admissions[at]hertie-school[dot]org after a standard application has been submitted. The essay should be approximately two pages in length.

Interested applicants should submit their applications and motivation statements before 1 February. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.