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.
During her fellowship year, Jennifer Lehnen examines approaches to sustainable and development-oriented return and reintegration. She gained professional experience on the topic of migration and development at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bogotá and at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Eschborn. Before, she worked as project manager with Social Impact in start-up consultancy for returning migrants in Germany. Jennifer completed her master’s degree in Public Policy and Human Development with a specialization in Migration Studies at United Nations University-Merit in Maastricht and obtained her bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Management from the University of Regensburg and University of Buenos Aires.