Fellowships for digital talents and change experts

Digitalization is at the tip of everybody's tongue. We are the ones who are shaping it. And we are cresting this wave together with you: at eye level, with potent methods, project-based and application-oriented. Since 2018 we have been bringing people together who are gung ho about change and want to help shape digitalisation of the public administration through our fellowships Tech4Germany and Work4Germany. So we can usher in the digital state.

Tech4Germany leverages the advantages of modern product development in concrete digital projects. To this end, we bring together talented individuals and experts from the fields of product, design and engineering with digitization blackbelts from federal agencies for three months.

Employing the methods of user research and prototyping, teams generate new insights right from week 1, developing digital prototypes that take on the challenges of federal ministries and agencies with user- centred approaches. Our hard-hitting teams work to boost the capability of the public administration to ensure solid digital product development.

With this as our guiding beacon, we select digital projects and put together go-getting project teams from federal ministries and agencies each year, recruiting committed fellows from the fields of product, design and engineering.

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Work4Germany brings together methodical transformation experts from the private sector with pioneers from the federal ministries. They work in tandem on projects with a digital focus for six months, identifying potential for change and creating the conditions needed to realise it. They apply agile methods and user-centred working methods and adapt these to the administrative context. Methods are at the same time conceived as tools - even beyond the Fellowship itself. This opens up new latitude for action and design while generating very concrete benefits for managers, teams and projects. This is how Work4Germany is driving modernisation of the public administration from within.

Every year, we look for transformation experts and intrepid individuals from federal ministries with a digital DNA who want to rethink processes and work with agile methods.

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Components of both Fellowships

Deep dives: supporting learning units

What sets a learning organization apart? What are resilience and leadership all about? How does appreciative feedback work? These are important questions for the work and leadership culture of tomorrow. Our deep dives are Fellowship fixtures and support everyone participating in Tech4Germany and Work4Germany. Here, everything revolves around future competencies in the digital context.

Whether it be agile product management, user-centricity or effective communication: You will find creative, thought-provoking impetus, workshops, case studies from other ministries and much more - but rest assured that there is one thing you will definitely not see here: "old school" frontal teaching. We are modular, we are interactive and we are application-oriented: Together with you, we want to create a citizen-oriented, modern public administration. Let's dive deep.

Fellowship community

Exchange and shared learning does not end with the completion of our fellowship programes. We support program alumni over the long term by offering them opportunities for cross-departmental networking.

Learning from each other and sharing experiences: In this atmosphere of trust and confidence, we thrive on togetherness. This is because all units in the public administration face similar challenges and are exposed to the same pressure to change. Through practical exchange and networking activities, we create a space in which you can strengthen each other, learn together, share knowledge and realise synergies.

Here is something for all pioneers who want to actively help promote change in the public administration.

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