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.
As a Mercator Fellow, Igor Mitchnik explores how local environmental youth activism can contribute to conflict mediation and resolution in post-soviet states. Previously, he gained work experience at the International Crisis Group in Bishkek, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, the Institute of Baltic Studies in Tartu, and at the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Sofia. He obtained a double master’s degree in Politics & Security at the University College London (UCL) and at University of Tartu. His interest in sociopolitical developments in post-socialist states in Eurasia was sparked during his undergraduate studies in Social Sciences in Düsseldorf, and a semester abroad at the Andrássy University Budapest.