The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 25 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. During the 12-month programme, Fellows work in two or three international organizations that are active worldwide – non-governmental or non-profit organizations, or business enterprises. The Fellows’ own practical questions serve as their project proposals and determine their workstations anywhere in the world. Seminars are also held on current issues in international cooperation, and to develop their leadership skills and key competencies.
Leonie Eland studied Political Sciences and International Public Management at Sciences Po Paris. She completed foreign terms at George Washington University and at the University of Cologne. After graduating, she worked for different media outlets and set up her own video blog on EU skepticism, before joining the think-tank European Policy Centre in Brussels. As a Mercator Fellow, she will explore measures and reforms to restore trust in the European institutions and effective means to communicate the EU's added value for citizens.