The Adam Von Trott Scholars
Diana Koester 2010-2012
Born in 1987, Diana grew up in Mannheim, and at the age of sixteen went to a high school in the United States for a year. After her school-leaving Abitur she studied at the London School of Economics, taking summer work with the Senate in Paris, a consulting firm in Berlin, the UN in Vienna, and NGOs in Buenos Aires. At Oxford, where she was the first Adam von Trott Scholar at Mansfield College, she obtained a MPhil in Politics with distinction; her thesis analysed post-conflict violence against women, using fieldwork in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2012 she became a Fellow with the OECD in Paris, developing guidance for donors in integrating a gender perspective into state-building.
In 2013 she was awarded a DPhil scholarship by Green Templeton College, Oxford, and is currently pursuing research on gender and state-building. She is an associate member of the OECD’s Governance for Development and Peace team, and editor of the academic journal Human Welfare.
“I feel immensely honoured and deeply grateful to have been the first Adam von Trott Scholar. Beyond the financial support, the committee’s example, their keen interest in my wellbeing and my desire to live up to the expectations vested in me have been critical to my academic success. I am delighted to remain a part of this outstanding initiative and to take its cause of promoting peaceful European and global exchange with me wherever I go.”
Bernhard Clemm von Hohenberg 2012-2014
Born in 1988, Bernhard grew up in Munich, and at the age of 16 had a year at school in Britain. In 2008 he began studies in Philosophy and Economics at the University of Bayreuth. In France he studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris, and was intern at the German Embassy. In 2012 he co-founded the project Euroskop.
Struck by the lack of communication between European peoples, he travelled through 20 countries to interview young people about their opinions on European integration, and published the results in a report for the Open Society Foundation as well as in articles for Die Zeit and The European.
At Oxford he studied for the MPhil in European Politics and Society; his thesis on the integration of immigrants analysed the effect of policies of multiculturalism on support for liberal-democratic values. After working for two years in Germany as a journalist and in the media, he is now studying for a PhD at the European University Institute, Florence.
“I have always been fascinated by the German resistance, in which Adam von Trott took part, so I felt truly honoured to be awarded this Scholarship. He wanted better mutual understanding between Europe’s peoples, which is one of my own concerns. We Europeans still have a lot to learn from and about each other. The Scholarship contributes to that by bringing together students from Germany and Britain through lectures, seminars and life at Mansfield College."
David Hagebölling 2014-2016
Born in 1992, David grew up in Cologne, and – after school-leaving exams in Germany (Abitur) and France (Baccalauréat) – completed his German Civilian Service in a church community. In 2010, he began studies in international politics and economics at the University of Cologne, and then enrolled at the European campus of Sciences Po in Nancy. After a year at the London School of Economics specialising in strategic studies, economics and Chinese language and civilisation, he graduated from Sciences Po summa cum laude. At Oxford, David’s studies have involved historical and theoretical approaches to international relations and training in research methods, and his MPhil thesis in International Relations was awarded a distinction. His other activities at Oxford included rowing for Mansfield College and being on the editorial team of a peer-reviewed international affairs journal. David has now been awarded an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship and is pursuing research for a DPhil at St Antony’s College, Oxford.
"The Adam von Trott Scholarship and Mansfield College have given me the opportunity to study a subject about which I am passionate in one of the most intellectually stimulating places that I have known. My generation of Germans has benefitted from a peaceful and unified Europe. To receive the scholarship is not only an honour but a reminder of our responsibility to preserve the great achievement that European cooperation represents."
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Leonie Janisch 2016 -2018
Born in 1993, Leonie grew up in a small town close to Wiesbaden. After high school she spent a year in New Zealand which sparked her interest in politics and economics. In 2013 she began studies at the University of Mannheim, focusing on international relations, comparative politics and political methodology. In her research into the resistance to the Nazi regime she wrote a paper on Adam von Trott’s relationship with the UK. In her bachelor’s thesis Leonie collected data on post-civil war state reconstruction and analysed processes of reconstruction. Besides her studies she was a board member of the local European Students’ Forum. At Oxford she is reading for the MPhil in Political Science specializing in comparative government, which involves different theoretical approaches and training in research methods. Leonie plans to explore aspects of reconstruction in post-civil war countries, and to focus on topics such as regime transition, constitutional and institutional design in new democracies. She looks forward to benefitting from the opportunities offered by Mansfield College and Oxford University.
“I feel honoured to be chosen as an Adam von Trott Scholar. The trust placed in me gives me the opportunity to develop in one of the most stimulating academic environments in Europe. The Scholarship highlights the strength of Anglo-German relations and the importance of global exchange in securing peace. In times when relations within Europe are under strain, we need mutual understanding to build trust among our peoples.”
Kenneth Stiller 2017-19
Born in 1993, Kenneth grew up in Bremen. After his school-leaving exam (Abitur), he spent a year volunteering for a non-governmental environmental organisation. Kenneth commenced his studies in political science and economics at the University of Mannheim in 2013, which included an academic exchange to Singapore, and focused on political economy, foreign aid and regional integration. The dynamics of foreign aid disbursements by the European Union and its member states have been the subject of his bachelor’s thesis.
Before coming to Oxford, Kenneth gained experience completing internships with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, a consulting firm, the German Federal Foreign Office and the United Nations Development Programme. Moreover, he volunteered for charities in Madagascar and Argentina and participated in an election observation mission to Ukraine.
At Oxford Kenneth is reading for the MPhil in International Relations, seeking to focus on political economy and quantitative methods, particularly on the dynamics of international trade and regional integration.
“I feel deeply grateful for the opportunity to study at Mansfield College. To be awarded the Adam von Trott Scholarship, supported by the Adam von Trott Memorial Fund and the German Foreign Office, is a great honour as it commemorates Adam’s preparedness to sacrifice his own life in order to save those of others. His legacy is a reminder that, at a time when long-lasting principles of political cooperation are being challenged, we must never allow our peoples’ pursuit of justice and mutual sympathy to be contested.”