Mercator Science-Policy Fellowship-Programme

Important information due to the current situation (7 January 2021):

Due to the current situation already planned events or visits to the Rhine-Main-Universities might be postponed. We will keep promoting the dialogue between science and policy-sector which might be more ICT based in the upcoming months.

There will be a fellowship-cohort in 2021/2022.

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.

Drawing: 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:

Applications must be submitted via email to by April 13, 2021.

  • The call for applications in German for the 2021/22 cohort is available here.

  • A seperate call for applications in English will be sent to EU institutions and international organisations in April 2021.

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.