Focus: Policy-Making & Political Leadership

The Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) is a research and analysis institute established in 2013 and based in Berlin. MERICS conducts independent, practical and policy-oriented research on China. MERICS provides the public with insight into China through up-to-date research and communication. It informs decision-makers in politics, business and society and acts as a key contact for the media. MERICS is an initiative of Stiftung Mercator, a major private European foundation.

This research program focuses on the procedural and interactional patterns of policy-making in China and on changes of the leadership structure over time. Of particular interest are those policy areas that the Chinese leadership has identified as key challenges: party discipline, economic transformation, economic deregulation, judicial reform, and environmental, technological and social policy. The aim of the research is to assess the processes, outcomes and potential of policy-making in China from various angles.

MERICS is looking for internationally outstanding scholars and experts:

  • With exceptional expertise in Chinese policy-making
  • Preferably for short-term fellowships (between two and three months); long-term fellowships (between four and twelve months) are available in special cases.

Application process:

  • Flexible: applications may be submitted at any time
  • Notification: approximately four weeks after submitting application

What to expect:

  • Close cooperation with a professional research team
  • Support from a research adviser
  • Contribution to scientific publications
  • Involvement in events and workshops, both internal and external
  • An outstanding research location and a high-class global research network
  • Lively scientific exchange in an international environment
  • Individual full-service support before and during the entire stay in Germany

If you have exceptional expertise in policy-making in China based on years of research and/or professional experience, and if you are willing to share and deepen it in cooperation with MERICS, we welcome you to apply. You will contribute actively to the independent research of one of the largest international research institutes on contemporary China.

Please send your application documents (#1: letter of motivation (2-3 pages) referring explicitly to the MERICS research program you wish to work with; #2: Curriculum Vitae; #3: list of publications or list of equivalent analytical qualifications based on professional experience) to Marie Hoffmann:

Please download this information as a PDF file and the fellowship guidelines.