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.
Claudia Neuschulz studied economics and social science at the Universität Erfurt, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and the Freie Universität Berlin. She obtained a masters degree in water science, policy and management from the University of Oxford and worked with a research programme on water security and poverty to guide institutional and infrastructure investments in the water sector. Previously, she worked for the German Association of Water and Energy Industries. During her fellowship, she focuses on financing mechanisms for investments in sustainable use of water resources and the provision of water services.