Call for Applications: MERICS European China Talent Program 2022

September 6 – 9, 2022, Berlin

The Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) is pleased to invite applications for the 2022 edition of the European China Talent Program (ECTP).

For the eighth consecutive year, the ECTP will gather a select group of approximately 15 European early career scholars and professionals in Berlin to discuss European China policy with senior decision makers from politics, business and civil society. Besides having a clear China-related research and/or work background, 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 European 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.

Throughout the program, participants are expected to work in teams to develop and present concrete proposals aiming to advance European China policy. For more information about previous editions of the European China Talent Program, please see:   

The 2022 edition of the ECTP will take place between September 6 – 9, 2022 at MERICS in Berlin.

Applicants need to meet the following requirements:

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

To apply please provide a single two-page document consisting of:

  • A one-page CV highlighting candidate’s China-related experience
  • A brief one-page essay (max. 4,000 characters including spaces)

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

The brief essay should provide some personal thoughts and ideas on the following question:

With the shifting geopolitical landscape and global economic interdependencies being increasingly weaponized, keeping a balance between the different parts of the EU’s approach to China — cooperation, competition, and systemic rivalry — is increasingly hard to sustain.

Given the above, what key objective would you set for the EU to pursue in its relations with China until the end of the current College of Commissioners' and European Parliament's term of office in 2024? In answering this question, applicants should address at least three points, namely:

  • Select an area of China policy where Europe urgently needs to respond to a challenge or seek increased cooperation with China.
  • 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.
  • Make one proposal to advance European China policy in this area, suggesting concrete steps regarding who should do what to implement the idea.

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

A note on travelling to Berlin: We look forward to an in-person meeting. Nevertheless, Covid-19 related uncertainties remain. Decisions concerning specific travel requirements (e.g. tests, vaccination) will be made closer to the event’s date and in accordance with relevant regulations and best practices. We will do whatever we can to enable all participants to join in person, at the same time, we ask for your understanding should the conditions force us to take decisions that may be unfortunate for some (e.g. travel restrictions affecting specific regions).

Candidates should send their application as one single PDF file to [email protected] by Monday, May 16, 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in a Zoom interview in the third or fourth week of May.

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

Addressing to: [email protected]
Deadline: May 16, 2022

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