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.
Barbara Schuler from Basel studied International Development and Political Science in Vienna and Geneva. During her studies, she worked at the United Nations Information Service and as a legal advisor for refugees before taking an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. Upon graduation she worked as Programme Manager in a local human rights organization in Cameroon. Her project will focus on human trafficking in the Cameroonian context.