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.
Julia Staudt holds a double masters degree in public policy and management from HEC Paris and the Freie Universität Berlin. She studied for her BA at Universität Passau and Université Laval in Québec. Julia gained professional experience at media companies such as Die Zeit, Le Parisien and Bertelsmann, focusing on digital and strategic issues. She also worked as a consultant for social start-ups and the public sector. She will dedicate her year as a Mercator Fellow to technological innovation in the field of development cooperation, with special focus on the potential and challenges of mobile applications.