The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 24 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. During the 13-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.
Julia Stricker studied medicine at the University of Zurich, with study and research stays at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris and at MIT in Cambridge (USA). She worked as a resident physician at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine of the University Zurich and at the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Zurich, followed by a position as researcher at the Think Tank WIRE. Since 2013 she has been attending a postgraduate course in Applied History. She has a particular interest in urban health. As a Mercator Fellow, she will explore the potential of geographic information systems (GIS) for planning healthpromoting interventions in slums.