CfA: MERICS European China Talent Program 2021 – Special Edition for Young Professional Women (Deadline: 2021-07-18)


The Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) is pleased to invite applications for the 2021 Special Edition for Young Professional Women* of the European China Talent Program (ECTP).

Now in its seventh edition, the ECTP will gather a select group of 15 European early career female 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 record, 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 China experts.

This year, MERICS wants to shine a light on the many excellent young female, non-binary and young transwomen talents in the European China research community and contribute to gender-diversity and inclusion. We want to provide candidates with unique training and a mentorship opportunity where they will benefit from exchanges with participants and experts from various China-related career paths. Additionally, selected young ECTP participants 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. MERICS seeks to publish selected program outputs. For more information about previous editions of the European China Talent Program, please see:   

The 2021 edition of the ECTP will take place on November 9 – 12, 2021 at MERICS in Berlin.

For further information on the application process please visit