The importance of science-based evidence for policy making is increasingly recognised by decision makers and finds resonance in research and academia. In order to enhance the science-policy link, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission concludes collaborative doctoral partnership (CDP) schemes with higher education institutions. Vrije Universiteit Brussel replied to the call for expressions of interest in the fields of ‘digital governance' and ‘secure and sustainable supply of raw materials for strategic value chains’ and was selected by the JRC. Within this project, the Centre for Digitalisation, Democracy and Innovation (CD2I) at the Brussels School of Governance, the Centre for Studies in Media, Innovation and Technology (SMIT) and the HUMAINT project of the Digital Economy Unit, Joint Research Centre site in Sevilla co-supervise a doctoral student in the field of digital governance, on the topic of trustworthy artificial intelligence. The collaborative doctoral partnership is co-funded by JRC and VUB and runs for a period of five years (2021-2026).