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.
Laura Timm studied law at the universities of Heidelberg and Cologne and completed a Master’s degree in Peace and Security Studies at the University of Hamburg. She gained professional experience with the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, with GIZ in Uganda and, as part of her legal trainee program, with UNHCR Germany, the European Commission and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. During her fellowship, Laura will focus on the introduction of a quota system for refugees as part of the European Agenda on Migration.