Mercator Science-Policy Fellowship-Programme

Senior policy professionals in the public sector and civil society as well as journalists are facing a plethora of complex challenges. The Mercator Science-Policy Fellowship-Programme is a demand-driven and tailor-made programme for senior policy professionals and journalists, which is unique to Germany.

The programme acquaints senior policy professionals and journalists with state-of-the-art research on the issues they are working on. The programme is funded by the Stiftung Mercator and administered by the strategic alliance of the Rhine-Main Universities. It offers networking opportunities for academics, senior journalists, and senior policy professionals from the public sector and civil society. Based on the thematic interests of the fellows, the Rhine-Main Universities organise face-to-face meetings with accomplished scholars in order to discuss timely questions.

Fellows will spend a total of five days at the Rhine-Main Universities throughout the year. The duration of each stay at the Rhine-Main-Universities is about 2.5 days. For each stay we will arrange some eight face-to-face meetings with scientists for every fellow.

Zeichnung: Designstudio Mathilda Mutant

Further information on the Rhine-Main-Universities can be found here:
Goethe University Frankfurt
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Technische Universität Darmstadt

How can I apply?

The application package consists of:

  • The completed application form including a letter of motivation
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A letter of recommendation from a senior supervisor of the sending organisation

Applications must be submitted via email to by April 20, 2020.

  • The call for applications is available here.

For further information please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions regarding the programme, please do not hesitate to contact the Mercator Science-Policy Fellowship-Programme office.