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 Harrer studied international journalism, media/communication and French at Trier University and Hamline University in St. Paul (USA). Afterwards, she graduated with a master's degree in European and International Economics and Politics in Halle/Saale (Germany) and Milan (Italy). She made her first working experiences with the German Public Broadcasting as a freelance journalist, Radio France, the German Consulate General in Naples (Italy), the German Foreign Office and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. During her fellowship she will work on disaster risk reduction and approaches to strengthen resilience in developing countries.