Are you a young Swiss graduate with excellent command of German aiming at taking responsibility for the world of tomorrow? Do you have a concrete project you would like to work on? Then the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs programme is for you!
Climate change and energy security, economic and financial crisis, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, human rights and freedom of information, not to mention information security, water shortage, etc.: the challenges of our time can only be resolved through close international cooperation.
Mercator Fellowship promotes 20 highly-committed German and 5 Swiss university graduates from all fields who aspire to positions of responsibility in international organisations.
The aim is to enable internationally thinking and acting young professionals to
- become experts in their chosen topic,
- help them build up an international professional network,
- develop profound intercultural skills.
During the 12-month program, the fellows work in two to three international organisations or globally active NGOs around the world. Fellows select a project topic of global relevance, which then determines their work placements. They also benefit from seminars aimed at developing their leadership skills and core competencies.
This Swiss/German joint programme is run by Mercator Foundation Switzerland and the Swiss Study Foundation as well as Stiftung Mercator and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation – in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Federal Foreign Office in Germany.