Mercator Alumni Fund

Networking, exchange and ideas

Stiftung Mercator uses the Mercator Alumni Fund to support events, specialist seminars, workshops and project ideas by and for Mercator fellows and alumni. The goal is to foster an expert exchange on the foundation’s themes, to support inter-programme networking and to promote the ideas and initiatives of Stiftung Mercator fellows and alumni.

Target groups:

Fellows and alumni from projects funded by Stiftung Mercator who

  • engage in an interdisciplinary exchange about their work and wish to play an active part in shaping the Stiftung Mercator network in a lasting fashion
  • wish to work on Stiftung Mercator’s themes and fields of activity, contributing their creative and innovative ideas.

Only fellows and alumni of the Stiftung Mercator are eligible to apply for funding. You can join the network here.

Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time


Stiftung Mercator fellows and alumni work on diverse themes and, through their experience, contribute a broad variety of expertise and ideas. Stiftung Mercator uses the Mercator Alumni Fund to support its fellows and alumni in establishing and cultivating an active network for the period after their programme funding. Personal encounters, exchange and cooperation are key aspects of the network, as is the opportunity to learn from one another.


Stiftung Mercator fellows and alumni can apply for funding from the Mercator Alumni Fund to support their ideas for networking and exchange with one another. The networking concept and an interdisciplinary approach determine the orientation of the events, seminars or workshops that are planned and organized by the alumni themselves. Furthermore, the Mercator Alumni Fund will provide support for smaller-scale project ideas developed within the network that relate to Stiftung Mercator’s themes (Europe, Integration, Climate Change and Cultural Education) and fields of activity (International Affairs, Science and Humanities, and Education).

Applications may be made to the Mercator Alumni Fund for three types of funding:

  • events aimed at promoting networking and exchange between fellows and alumni
  • specialist seminars/workshops relating to the themes of Stiftung Mercator
  • project ideas relating to the themes and fields of activity of Stiftung Mercator

Simplified two-stage application process

Applications are submitted in a two-stage process. An outline application is submitted in the first stage. If the application is approved in an initial review, applicants will be invited in the second stage to submit a complete application with all the necessary documents (project description and budget plan).

Applications for up to 800 euros to fund events and up to 5,000 euros to fund specialist seminars/workshops and project ideas may be submitted.

For further information please see the download section at the lower part of this page.

In case of questions or comments please write to

Project manager

 Reena James
Reena James
Alumni Manager
+49 201 24522-69