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.
Maximilian Stern studied political science, economics and European Law at the Universities of Zurich and Munich (LMU) and founded the Model United Nations Team at the University of Zurich. He gained professional experience at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung in Berlin. As a founder member he was managing director of the think tank foraus - The Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy in Zurich and Geneva. Maximilian is a board member of the Swiss Society for Foreign Policy (SGA), a member of the Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and coleader of the focus group Europe of Swisscleantech. During his Mercator Fellowship he will deal with issues at the interface between technology and democracy from different perspectives.