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Policy Fellowship Program with Food from Thought

Addressing the gap between academic research and real-world decision making

About the Policy Fellowship Program

Food from Thought funds the University of Guelph Policy Fellowship program, which brings together senior policy-makers for three days of customized meetings at the University of Guelph, providing the opportunity for Fellows to learn about cutting-edge research that can inform important policy decisions and build networks of experts that can advise on emerging needs.

This program is intended to bring the best and most relevant research directly to government, non-profit and industry organizations in the agri-food and biodiversity sectors, supporting decision-makers to build relationships with academic experts and make decisions informed by cutting-edge research. Each experience will be entirely customized based on each Fellow’s key needs and priorities, allowing us to provide them with the most relevant and applicable information for their organization.

The three-day intensive Policy Fellowship Program is modelled after the University of Cambridge’s highly successful Policy Fellowship Program and will allow decision-makers to ask world-class researchers their burning questions, providing them with the opportunity for unstructured dialogue and exchange of information, and connecting them to research institutes and programs at U of G as well as ongoing linkages with research conducted by the Food from Thought project.

This program is an exceptional opportunity for Fellows to learn about current research that is highly relevant to their key challenges, connect with researchers working in relevant disciplines and sectors, and network with other participants from federal and provincial ministries, industry and civil society who will also be attending the program.


Fellows are senior-level professionals working at the interface between science and policy in areas related to agriculture, agri-food, and biodiversity, including federal, provincial and local organizations working in the regulatory, food production, processing, retail, food security or environmental sustainability and biodiversity sectors.

Fellowships will be offered several times each year. To learn more about the University of Guelph Policy Fellowship program or to express your interest in participating, please visit the Policy Fellowship website or contact Elizabeth Shantz, Knowledge Mobilization Manager at or 519-824-4120 ext. 53093.