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.
Karoline Klose, born 1985, studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge before obtaining a Dual Degree Master’s in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and in International Affairs/Security Policy, from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. In New York, she worked at the UN General Assembly and adviced UNICEF Uganda. She spent two years in Ethiopia working for an NGO focused on orphan girls as well as a consultant for GIZ advising the African Union. Most recently, she worked at the European Parliament as a foreign policy adviser. During her fellowship year, she will focus on gender sensitive institution building in countries which experienced major political changes due to a revolution or conflict.