Jacques Delors Centre

Vacancies and Stipends


We are looking for a

Policy Fellow (gn) - EU Democracy

in full-time (40 hours per week).

The contract shall commence on 1 November 2023 and will be initially limited to 31 December 2024. The successful candidate will contribute to strengthen the our Centre's think tank work in the field of EU institutional reform and democracy. The appointment is subject to the final approval of the funder.

Your tasks:

  • Develop your own think-tank profile within the context of the Centre’s broader policy agenda
  • Research and write policy proposals, analyses and positions in the field of EU institutional reform and democracy
  • Organize expert talks and similar events
  • Get actively involved in the German and European policy debate

Your profile:

  • Master or equivalent degree in relevant field such as law, political science, or public policy
  • Relevant work experience beyond internships in a political, institutional or academic context in required areas of expertise
  • Keen interest in EU policymaking and enthusiasm for understanding institutional and political issues are must-haves
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and oral proficiency in German; French language skills are an asset
  • Ability to work independently on the topic
  • High openness for cooperation
  • A completed PhD or equivalent is an asset

We offer:

A stimulating international and diverse environment in multiple areas of social science, high-quality teaching and public policy. The Hertie School is a vibrant academic community that emphasizes 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. Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification.


Please submit your application (incl. a CV, cover letter, and a writing sample) here. The deadline for full consideration is 15 October 2023.

Please contact Thu Nguyen, Senior Policy Fellow for EU Institutions and Democracy, for further information about the position.


We are looking to fill the following position as soon as possible - Associate Communications - Jacques Delors Centre in full-time (40hrs/week).

Your tasks: 

  • Become a hands-on member of the PR and Communications section of the Jacques Delors Centre

  • Intensive expansion of our press network and independent communication with journalists (national/international) - bringing along an existing network of press contacts is an asset

  • Full events organisation within our Project Franco-German Dialogue as well as various other types of events including the EU to go breakfasts

  • Maintenance of the Centre and project websites (Typo3 and WordPress) and content creation for Social Media channels

  • Layouting of publications (InDesign)

  • Support of the conceptualisation and implementation of the EU to go podcast

  • Internal administrative tasks, e.g., update database regularly

  • Contribute to the maintenance, analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness of our outreach

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as communication or political science

  • Minimum one year experience in a PR related job and event organisation

  • Very good organisational skills

  • Ability to self-organise your tasks in your department/team

  • Structured, pro-active working style and excellent communication skills

  • Very good knowledge of German and English, written and spoken (French is an asset)

  • Knowledge of InDesign and Typo3

  • Experience in editing texts

  • Interest in European policy issues

The Hertie School as employer: 

  • A stimulating international working environment and a challenging variety of tasks
  • Flexible working hours within the framework of the legal requirements
  • 30 days paid holiday per year
  • Training opportunities
  • Job ticket for public transport

Please submit your application (including a CV, a cover letter outlining your motivation and fit for the position, and relevant certificates/references) by using this link. We are interviewing eligible candidates on a rolling basis and are looking forward to your application. 

Please contact Linda Hewitt, Communication and Events Manager at the Jacques Delors Centre, for further information about the position.

Sebastian Mack - Policy Fellow

  • "I am driving forward the Centre’s work on the regulation of European financial markets. Inspired by our founder Jacques Delors, my goal is to contribute to a European Union that serves all citizens. For me, a stable and sustainable financial system as well as fair play between businesses and consumers are indispensable prerequisites for a functioning democracy. At the Centre, we share Jacques Delors’ conviction that Europe is a wonderful place, and together we want to make it even better.”

Rónán Riordan - PhD candidate

  • "I’m a Doctoral Researcher exploring the influence of the Court of Justice of the European Union on EU level law-making. One of my key reasons for choosing to join Hertie was the presence of Jacques Delors Centre. In particular I value the interdisciplinary nature of the work done here and our diverse membership which includes legal scholars, political scientists, economists, and even philosophers! This makes the Jacques Delors Centre a truly unique, dynamic, and enriching research environment to work in."


Linda Hewitt - Press and Public Relations Officer

  • “My job is to keep the public informed about our latest publications; I also organise events at the Centre. What I appreciate about my work is that it is multifaceted as politics and research go together here. Our work is to be constantly confronted with pressing political issues while being actively involved with it. Always working with its fingers on the pulse of time makes it even greater!”