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.
Jakob Peter studied mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and CHALMERS University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He was also part of the UNITECH International Scholarship Program, a cooperation of selected European universities and private-sector companies to educate engineers with an interest in management. As a Mercator fellow, he investigates on new chances and challenges arising from an electricity system with a high share of variable renewable energies. Thereby, he focuses both on regulatory as well as technical aspects.