German universities launch science-policy Fellowship

30 November 2016


Inspired by CSaP's Policy Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, the Mercator Science-Policy Fellowship launched in Frankfurt last month, welcoming 18 new Policy Fellows.

The first of its kind to be launched in Germany, this new initiative funded by the German Mercator Foundation is part of the Rhine-Main Universities Alliance between Goethe University Frankfurt, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and Technische Universität Darmstadt.

Adopting CSaP's mission to create opportunities for public policy professionals and academics to learn from each other, the Alliance welcomed 18 inaugural policy professionals to meet with more than 100 researchers during the first few days of their Fellowship.

Speaking at their launch event on 31 October, Stiftung Mercator's Executive Director Dr Wolfgang Rohe, gratefully acknowledged CSaP's Policy Fellowships as the inspiration for the German programme.

Also attending the launch, CSaP's Executive Director Dr Robert Doubleday, commented: "I am delighted to see CSaP's Policy Fellowship Programme being used as an exemplar for other similar initiatives beyond the UK, and I look forward to us working together in the future."

CSaP Associate Fellow, Corinna Frey, a PhD student at Cambridge University, took part in some of the meetings between the researchers and Fellows and said that they were "highly interested" in learning more about their British counterparts.