The Mercator Science-Policy Fellowship-Programm offers an international fellowship track for senior policy professionals from EU institutions and international organisations.


The Mercator Science-Policy Fellowship-Programme is a programme that was designed to meet the specific needs of senior professionals in the public sector, the media, and civil society. The programme aims at fostering dialogue between senior professionals from different sectors and researchers from research institutions in Frankfurt, Darmstadt, and Mainz. Each fellow receives a tailor-made programme of face-to-face meetings with academic specialists in their fields.

The fellows provide lists of topics they are interested in, and, based on their preferences, each fellow receives a tailor-made schedule of face-to-face meetings. Fellows can ask specific questions about technical issues, engage in debates on fundamental policy questions, or become acquainted with topics they are not yet familiar with. This gives them the opportunity to learn about new academic perspectives on the policy issues they are working on.

The programme thus constitutes an innovative form of continuous education and provides a rare opportunity for senior professionals to liaise with academics from research institutions in Germany and peers from the public sector.

The fellowship runs for one academic year and it comprises a total of at least five days spent in the Rhine-Main area for face-to-face meetings with researchers and networking with other fellows.
Two visits are scheduled per year. The dates for the first visit are 30 November – 2 December 2021
and the second will be scheduled for April/May 2022.

In addition, the fellows are invited to events such as workshops or public debates in the Rhine-Main region, Brussels, Berlin, and other cities.

The programme is free. Fellows’ employers are expected to cover the costs of travel and accomodation for their staff.

Program website and further details

Application deadline: June 30,2021

Funded by Stiftung Mercator, the programme is run by the Rhine-Main Universities in collaboration with numerous research institutions in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main area.