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The Center for Sustainability is a competence centre at the Hertie School in Berlin. The Hertie School prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business and civil society. The School’s extensive international network positions it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement.

We offer a stimulating, international and diverse environment in the social science disciplines, high-quality teaching and a strong foundation in public policy. The Hertie School is a vibrant academic community that emphasises excellence in research and teaching as well as an interdisciplinary perspective. Our School has been certified as a family-friendly work environment in higher education and an equal opportunity employer. 

Whether you are looking to work with us, learn from us, or just get more involved, we may have some interesting opportunities for you.




Visiting stays

There are no current vacancies at the moment.


Stipends and scholarships

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.

More information: /en/study/scholarships/special-focus-scholarships/sep-scholarship


Hertie students & alumni

We are continuously looking for outstanding students to support us in teaching and research. We particularly encourage inquiries by female students. If you have a solid background in climate and energy and excellent analytical skills, please get in touch with Stefanie Mieth (energy policy group) or Caroline Forscht (climate policy group).


The Hertie School Centre for Sustainability offers their students support in building up their professional career as well as helps produce hands-on approach, practice-oriented master theses.

Learn more about Women in Sustainability Mentoring Programme

Learn more about HEEN Mentoring Programme

Learn more about Climate and Energy Networking Events




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