Research fellows profile

UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance welcome researchers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to participate in the GPAC² training programme. We are looking for fellows with a Master’s degree who have strong academic records, professional and/or volunteer experience, affiliation with academic research and a special interest in policy analysis. We welcome fellows from all over the world with a wide variety of cultures and disciplines. The programme is tailored to synergise the various backgrounds.

Participants in the GPAC² programme have external work responsibilities, leaving them less time for PhD research. Ideally, the PhD candidate’s employer offers support by allocating time and allowing the candidate to incorporate their studies into their work (by providing data, support, related assignments and the like).

Fellows currently enrolled in the GPAC² programme reflect the international environment of UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. Participants from developed European countries, the USA and Canada as well as less developed countries in Africa and Asia all take part in the programme.

Participants in this programme – policy analysts, professionals and consultants from the public and private sector – have jobs that allow them to spend a minimum amount of time on research activities that eventually lead to a PhD degree. Ideally, the employer of the participant supports the researcher actively by allocating time and facilitating research work (providing data, support, related assignments and the like).

UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance welcome fellows from a variety of backgrounds. The programme is open to fellows with a Master’s degree, strong academic records, professional or volunteer experience, affiliation with academic research and a special interest in policy analysis. The fellows come from both within the EU as well as from other continents and have a multidisciplinary background. The research interests as well as research experience of the fellows vary extensively.

As within the GPAC² training programme, application requirements not only include educational degrees, but very specifically relevant work experience and endorsement of the employer, the profile of GPAC² fellows is significantly different from the profile of full time PhD fellows. On average, our fellows are senior level employees or self-employed, aged between 35 and 60 and with work obligations and families at home.

Current GPAC² fellows

Adam Adou
Mohamed Ag Alhousseini
Kwame Akoto-Danso
Alejandro Alvarez-Vanegas
José Gilberto Boari
Sebastian Boll
Elena Camilletti
Mauricio Cespedes Quiroga
Jiawen Chen
Maria Collazos Ortiz
Laisa Daza Obando
Paolo Carmine De Salvo
Daisy Demirag
Kateryna Denysova
Tenzin Dolker
Nasir El-Rufai
Faryaneh Fadaeiresketi
Valerio Giuffrida
Dobrina Gogova
Elizabeth Hassan
Dina Kamal
Jane Karonga
Anna Knoll
Philipp König
Martha Lahai-Conteh
Rodrigo Lopez Barreda
Brian Mathebula
Renata Mayer Gukovas
Giovanna Mazzeo Ortolani
Ilsa Meidina
Ricardo Morel Berendson
Stafford Nichols
Casty Njoroge
Ari Perdana
Dmitry Poletayev
Olga Rataj
Karol Rodriguez
Claudia Röthlisberger
Abdinassir Sagar
Jacqueline Salguero-Huaman
Karin Schmidt Martinez
Giulia Sechi
Emanuela Sirtori
Martin Smith
Paul Timah
Joyce Treptow