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Fellowship Programme

Fellowship in the Research Programme “Foreign Relations”

Focus: Geoeconomics & International Security

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.

In the context of China’s foreign policy ambitions substantially stepping up under President Xi, this research programme analyses drivers and outcomes of China’s global foreign economic and security policy. This programme pays particular attention to the role of domestic developments, as well as the interplay of economic and security factors in explaining China’s current foreign relations.

MERICS is looking for internationally outstanding scholars and experts:

  • With exceptional expertise on geoeconomics or international security
  • Preferably for short-term fellowships (between two and three months), in well-justified special cases for long-term fellowships (between four and twelve months).


Application process:

  • Flexible
  • Applications may be submitted anytime
  • A decision on the granting of the fellowship can be expected approximately four weeks after submission of the application


What to expect as a MERICS-fellow:

  • Close cooperation with a professional research team
  • Individual research adviser at MERICS
  • Active participation in scientific publications
  • Active 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 on geoeconomics or international security 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. With your experience, you will contribute actively to the independent research work 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 respective MERICS research programme; #2: Curriculum Vitae; #3: list of publications or list of equivalent analytical qualifications based on professional experience) to Marie Hoffmann: marie.hoffmann(at)merics.de.


Please download the complete wording of the offer and information about the application requirements in the MERICS Fellowship Programme Guidelines here (PDF).

  • Stiftung Mercator