The Call for Applications for the new Think Tank School 2021 is open!

To empower the next generation of think tankers, the Think Tank Lab offers a training program for early-career think tank staff. While the participants continue to work in their respective organizations, the program supports them in developing their skillset for effective think tank work and broadening their network in the German and international think tank community.


The four-month curriculum of the 2021 pilot cohort consists of three training modules on topics such as policy analysis and advice, political communication, and public engagement as well as project management and fundraising. In between the training modules, fellows apply the acquired knowledge to individual policy projects from their fields of expertise. All training modules are scheduled as in-person sessions in Berlin and Brussels.* During the self-organized project phases, weekly community calls support the fellows with the implementation of their projects and provide additional input. The Think Tank School combines different forms of learning that put the professional development of the fellows at the center and support the knowledge transfer to the fellows’ organizations.

Target Group

The Think Tank School is open to think tank employees who work in the research department of a think tank based in Germany and have 2-5 years of relevant professional experience. Career changers are also welcome to participate. We strongly encourage underrepresented groups to apply. The 2021 pilot cohort offers 12 spots.

Further program information and application details

Application deadline: August 8, 2021

*Please note: If the Covid-19 Pandemic does not allow for in-person meetings, all training, including the study trip, will be conducted online (or in a hybrid model). The program may be subject to change.

The Think Tank School is an offer of the Think Tank Lab, a project of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS). It is kindly supported by Stiftung Mercator and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.