Alumnus will study climate change policies through Bosch Fellowship

by University Communications,

Tim Stumhofer ’06 will learn about Germany’s climate change policies through the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program.

Awarded to 15 Americans each year, the program provides German language training, professional development and customized work placements to people with experience in public policy and other, select fields.

Stumhofer, a senior program associate at the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute in San Francisco, is the first Willamette alumnus to receive the award.

“While recognition is flattering, it is the uniqueness of the opportunity the Bosch Fellowship provides that I find so exciting,” Stumhofer says.

International Perspective

Bosch Fellows work as consultants inside German government, industry and civil society institutions for up to nine months. The program’s mission is to foster a community of American leaders who have first-hand experience in the political, economic and cultural environment of Germany and the European Union.

Although still finalizing his professional placements, Stumhofer says he’s eager to learn more about Germany’s commitment to climate change from the inside out.

“As someone who grew up fascinated by the Cold War and the evolution of the transatlantic relationship, the German perspective the fellowship provides is particularly exciting,” he says.

“But it is the outsized role Germany has played in my professional field — international climate change policy — and the opportunity to see Germany’s climate leadership first hand that drew me to apply to the program.”

Divergent Interests

While at Willamette, Stumhofer majored in politics and minored in economics and classical studies. He was the president of College Democrats, he worked as a research assistant for the former Willamette Public Policy Research Center, and he studied abroad in Galway, Ireland.

He was also named a Carson Scholar in 2005. Through the program, Willamette sophomores and juniors are awarded a stipend to undertake scholarly, creative or professional research projects during the summer.

Stumhofer later earned a Master of Science degree in environmental policy and regulation from the London School of Economics, where he wrote his master’s thesis on the governance of international emission reduction projects.

He now works for the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, a non-governmental organization that supports a community of professionals who measure, report and verify greenhouse gas emissions.

Invested in doing his part to build the implementation capacity for climate change policies around the world, Stumhofer says three Willamette University professors had a role in shaping him into the person he is today.

Joe Bowersox, an environmental and earth science professor, challenged me to define my own environmental ethics, and Ortwin Knorr, a religious and classical studies professor, bolstered my grammar and helped me see through German stereotypes,” Stumhofer says.

“Lastly, Bob Dash, a politics professor who passed away in 2009, pushed me to seek out the complexity in the world around me. … For this fellowship, these three professors were particularly impactful.”

For more information about this and similar programs, contact the Office of Student Academic Grants and Awards.