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Berlin, May 4-7, 2020

The Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2020 European China Talent Program (ECTP).

Now in its sixth edition, the ECTP will gather a select group of 15 European early career scholars and professionals in Berlin to discuss topical issues in European China policy with senior decision makers from politics, business and civil society. Besides having a clear China-related research and/or work record, participants are eager to deepen their understanding of China and its impact on Europe, to provide fresh ideas on European China policy and to become part of a unique network of future China experts.

Selected candidates will benefit from exchanges with a highly diverse group of participants from various China-related career paths. In addition, they will be able to gain insights into the work of MERICS, the largest European research institute on contemporary China.

Participants of the European China Talent Program 2019

Throughout the program, participants are expected to work in teams to develop and present concrete proposals aiming to advance European China policy. MERICS also seeks to publish selected program outputs. For more information about previous editions of the European China Talent Program, click here

The next edition of the ECTP will take place on May 4-7, 2020, at MERICS in Berlin.

Applications should consist of the following documents:

  • One-page CV highlighting candidates’ China-related experience;
  • An essay of one page (max. 4,000 characters).

Candidates should also indicate their nationality, place of residence and institutional affiliation. No other documents or references should be included.

Applicants need to meet the following requirements in order to be eligible:

  • Young professional or recent Master’s or PhD graduate with a strong China background (Sinology/Chinese studies is not a requirement, China-related experience from any field is welcome) or advanced postgraduate students with relevant prior work experience;
  • Strong interest in contemporary Chinese politics as well as European policy making;
  • Willingness to prepare substantive input ahead of the program;
  • European citizen (EU member states, EU accession countries and EFTA countries);*
  • Excellent command of the English language;
  • Good Chinese language skills are an asset.

The essay should tackle the following question: 

As China aims to actively shape global governance rules and institutions, which area of Chinese foreign or domestic policy presents the biggest challenge or greatest opportunity to Europe?

Participants of the European China Talent Program 2019

In answering this question, applicants should address at least three points, namely:

  • Considering China’s role as both a partner and a competitor for Europe in global governance, as well as its growing international influence and rule-making ambitions (e.g. in but not limited to global economic governance, technology standard-setting, climate change mitigation, the international human rights regime, etc.), candidates should select one area of Chinese foreign or domestic policy that they think is consequential for Europe.
  • Candidates should then explain why this is critical for Europe and why European actors need to devise new solutions and/or revise their approaches vis-à-vis China in the selected domain.
  • Lastly, applicants should make one proposal to advance European China policy in this area, suggesting concrete steps regarding who should do what to implement their idea.

Successful applicants will receive a travel allowance, board and lodging for the duration of the workshop.

Candidates should send their application as one single PDF file to by February 7, 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in a Skype interview in mid-February.

We look forward to receiving your application and to learning more about your perspective on Europe-China relations.

*UK citizens are welcome to apply.

For more information about the MERICS European China Talent Program click here.