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.
Emina Hadziabdic, born in 1985, studied German and English philology at the University of Zurich and Humboldt University Berlin. Her M.A. studies focused on the correlation of contemporary South African literature and post-apartheid social changes. As a Mercator Fellow, she investigates the role of art and cultural projects in the sustainable resolution of long term conflicts. Her career to date includes experience in the fields of migration (Swiss Federal Office for Migration, Caritas, Swiss Red Cross and AOZ) and education (Liverpool Archbishop Blanch High School and the University of Zurich).